Beaches and Walking

The beach is so expansive that even if the car park is full it will never feel crowded. The Good Beach Guide describes Low Newton beach as being ‘situated in a sheltered bay with rock pools and rocky outcrops. It is popular for water sports and with bird watchers’ and describes the water quality as recommended for the highest UK standard of bathing water quality.

The walk from Craster to Low Newton which takes in Dunstanburgh Castle has featured in the Guardian Newspaper’s top ten walks in the UK. The walk can be started from either Craster or Low Newton and takes in the spectacular scenery of the beaches and rocky outcrops near Dunstanburgh Castle.

Birdwatching and Wildlife

The area around Low Newton is well known for it’s excellent birdwatching opportunities and wildlife. The beach is backed by huge sand dunes and 80 metres behind these lies Newton Pond, famous for the Newton Pool Bird Reserve. This is a wildlife haven with many seabirds, shorebirds and wildfowl to be seen from the two purpose built hides (one of which is wheelchair accessible).


Situated on the road connecting the Villages of High and Low Newton is the Church of St Mary the Virgin. This strange little church was built in 1870 and is clad with corrugated iron! The church has recently undergone refurbishment and is popular with the local community.


Northumberland is blessed with many beautiful links courses and this stretch of coast is no exception. The nearest is Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course at Embleton. It is a traditional, 18 hole links course designed by the great golf course architect James Braid and offers stunning views of Dunstanburgh Castle and Embleton Bay. Other courses nearby include Seahouses Golf Club, Alnmouth Golf Club, Alnmouth Village Golf Club and Bamburgh Castle Golf Club.


Windsurfing and surfing are both popular pursuits at Low Newton with the bay creating some very good breaks for surfers in the right weather conditions. Many years ago when windsurfing was just taking off as a sport, Low Newton was one of the first places where it could be seen. Kitesurfing and yachting are also becoming more popular. You will find this beach a little quieter (and some would argue more picturesque) for watersports than the slightly more popular Beadnell Bay. Based just outside of Beadnell, Boards and Bikes is a local company where you can hire all sorts of equipment for watersports and cycling; they will even provide a delivery service.