Head for the coast

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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

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