Fish & ships

Fish & ships


We all like to be beside the seaside and Northumberland has a coastline to envy with a maritime heritage to match. Such is the importance of the landscape and the flora and fauna that a large part of the coast is designated as Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Start: Newbiggin- by- the -Sea
End: Newbiggin- by- the -Sea

Journey Times:
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea to Blyth Battery 20 mins
Blyth Battery to Seaton Sluice 12 mins
Seaton Sluice to Seaton Delaval Hall 10 mins
Seaton Delaval Hall to 20 mins

Arrive: Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Here’s why: Newbiggin Maritime Centre - a new and exciting attraction. See the Mary Joicey lifeboat, discover the significance of the ‘gansey’ and learn of this communities’ long and fascinating relationship with the sea. Explore the Sea Shore Shop then relax in ‘The Point’ café while enjoying good food and spectacular views of the bay.

Depart: Newbiggin – by – the - Sea
Here’s how: A189(s) – join A193 – follow signs for Blyth town centre – B1329(s) – Blyth Battery

Blyth Battery
Here’s why: A World War I coastal defence artillery battery which also saw  service during World War II. There surely has to be an explanation why some Battery buildings are painted pink whilst others are painted grey! Ask one of the knowledgeable site volunteers.

Depart: Blyth Battery
Here’s how: B1329(s) - rejoin A193(s) – Seaton Sluice

Arrive: Seaton Sluice
Here’s why: If a harbour looks like it is silting up and therefore in danger of becoming less commercially successful, what is the solution? Construct a sluice which scours away any accumulation of silt and in the process provide your village with a new name. Site interpretation boards reveal more of the story.

Depart: Seaton Sluice
Here’s how: A190(w) – Seaton Delaval Hall Arrive: Seaton Delaval Hall
Here’s why: In 1719 the English Baroque architect Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726) designed this “party palace” for the “wild and wonderful Delaval family”. Both house and family were larger than life – learn all about it at the National Trust’s newest Northumberland acquisition.

Depart: Seaton Delaval Hall
Here’s how: A190– Seaton Delaval village – A192(n) – join A189(n)-Newbiggin by the Sea

Arrive: Newbiggin-by-the-Sea

Walk Options:
Newbiggin by the Sea – the Town Heritage Trail can be combined with the Newbiggin by the Sea Art Trail to discover more than 40 pieces of public art, the most famous being “Couple” by sculptor SeanHenry. 

Where to stay

With an impressive selection of over 500 personally inspected holiday cottages to choose from in prime locations stretching along the magnificent Heritage Coastline and venturing inland to the stunning National Park and Cheviot hills, Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages is the popular choice for a holiday in Northumberland.  

Established in 1981, and with sales offices in the key tourist coastal villages of Alnmouth and Seahouses, it’s the largest independent holiday cottage agency in the area.  Priding themselves on offering good value, quality cottages combined with a first class, friendly service, Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages has been awarded a VisitEngland Quality Accredited Agency marquee, which is given to agencies exceeding industry standards of compliance and customer service, offering consumer assurance of booking with a reputable company.

Did you know…
The Northumberland Coast Path forms part of the international North Sea Trail

Nearest Tourist Information Centre:
Morpeth +44 (0) 1670 623455


Places and distances

(click attraction name for more details)
NE64 6DB

Newbiggin Maritime Centre

Newbiggin Maritime Centre, on the beautiful Northumberland coastline, offers a unique experience for visitors with a museum, a café and a shop.

NE26 4QR

Seaton Delaval Hall

Baroque masterpiece with landscaped gardens and grounds designed by Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace architect, Sir John Vanbrugh.

Approx 7.14 mile(s) between Newbiggin Maritime Centre and Seaton Delaval Hall
Welcome to Seaton Delaval Hall