A beach in Northumberland has been named one of the best in winter thanks to its rolling sand dunes and historic landmarks.
Embleton Bay is a popular spot for paddling, with long stretches of golden sand overlooking the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.
It is located just minutes from the medieval village of Embleton which lies in a section of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This hidden gem is so popular with locals and visitors that it was voted the best beach in the UK in 2017 by BBC’s Countryfile Magazine readers.
Wildlife is in abundance here with dunes including species such as bloody cranesbill, eye bright, bedstraw, potentilla, spring squill, wild thyme and wild vetch.
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At the far northern end of the beach lies the village of Low Newton which is considered a separate beach.
It is reached through a small country lane, with the village offering an isolated feel.
It boast a church, a couple of small shops, a pub that has been open since the 18th century and a few holiday cottages.
Dog owners are also able to walk their pets along the beach all year round.
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BBC’s Countryfile listed Embleton Bay as one of the “best” UK beaches in the winter time, thanks to its view of the ruins on a “clear, cold morning”.
The ruins can be seen perfectly from the beach, with some venturing to the historic site.
One person called it “wonderful” on Tripadvisor, while another said the “sand dunes offer great walking opportunities”.
Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club is also close by, offering food and drink to those looking to spend the day in the area.
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