Newbiggin - South Beach

Newbiggin - South Beach - Northumberland
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Newbiggin, which was once a thriving mining and fishing town, lies on the Northumberland coast, to the east of Ashington.  The town, which still has a fleet of small, traditional fishing boats, features a curved bay, the southern end of which is known at South Beach. 

The sandy beach is backed by rocky sea defences and a promenade.  In 2007 the beach was the subject of major sea defence works, with 500,000 tonnes of sand being transported here from Skegness. Today the bay features a number of rocky breakwaters and a significant sea wall.

The bay is a good place to hunt for marine wildlife in the rockpools which are exposed at low tide.

There is a car park just off Seaton Road.  Nearby, at the bottom end of the bay is a rocky promontory called Spital Point and a natural stone arch can be found close by.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Rock pooling


  • Toilets
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Pub nearby
  • Promenade

Nearest town



NE64 6XE

OS grid ref.

NZ 3100 8724

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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