Spittal Beach

Spittal Beach - Northumberland
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Spittal lies on the Northumberland coast about half a mile south of Berwick-upon-Tweed.  Visitors have been coming here since the 18th century, when Spittal was a popular spa and bathing resort.

The predominantly sandy beach is backed by a promenade and stretches down from the mouth of the River Tweed to the cliffs at Bear Head and lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Wading birds can usually be found here and it is not uncommon to spot seals bobbing up and down in the surf, or even the occasional dolphin. 

The Northumberland Coast Path runs down from Berwick to Holy Island and beyond that down to Druridge Bay.

The town has a family fun centre, shops and places to eat.  More extensive facilities can be found in historic Berwick-upon-Tweed. Cars can be parked at the Spittal Beach Car Park on S. Greenwich Road.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed. and dog bins present.

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  • Good fishing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Water skiing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets

Nearest town

Berwick upon Tweed


TD15 1SE

OS grid ref.

NU 0078 5151


Parking available - charges apply. spaces for 100 cars

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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