Head for the coast
Leave the boring A1 in search of seaside thrills
Northumberland is all about the scenery. Instead of hacking through it on the tedious A1, divert east and take in the coastal route up to Bamburgh, where the coastal castle dominates the landscape.
It gets busy with tourists at peak times, and it’s not a scamper-fest but more a chilled-out, salty-aired cruise along the coast as you fill your lungs with the fresh stuff as an antidote to all that grimy main-road pollution.
Places like Seahouses offer a more interesting backdrop than anything the nearby A1 can offer, and if you’re on a long trip it can be a relaxing break. Cutting off the A1 at Denwick and running around the coast before rejoining it after Easington only adds 20 minutes to your journey. And consider that you can stop for a break in a scenic seaside village rather than just another service station. Alternatively, we’ve added a section that takes you west from Bamburgh to Wooler before taking the scenic A697 south and the B6346 coastbound back to Denwick to make a complete Northumbrian loop.
Deviate from A1 tedium for a coastal treat out in the wilds of Northumberland