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Our Secret Beach... Shhhhhh!
My heart lies on the Northumberland coastline where I spent most of my childhood, and so we often head south when the working week is over. I’m all for fish and chips, bustling harbours and gift shops but we’re happiest on a deserted beach. One of my favourite get-away-from-it-all spots is Ross Sands, located between Bamburgh castle and Holy Island.
Ross Sands is a vast beach of white sands, pretty shells and big waves, and the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen there on a sunny day has been comprised of 2 families enjoying the calm.
After parking where the country road ends, it’s around a half mile walk to the beach along a sign posted path. With Ruby in tow, this walk can take anything from 15 to 40 minutes, depending upon how distracted she is by the cows, sheep and horses grazing along the path.
Once there, the beach is perfect for paddling, shell (razor, cockle, oyster) collecting, kite flying and picnicking. It also offers fabulous views of the coastal castles to the north and south, and is also home to some interesting wooden sculptures/ installations, which somebody obviously goes to alot of effort to install and maintain.
If you are in Northumberland and finding it all a bit hectic, I’d heartily recommend making your way to this secret spot (before it’s found by the masses!).