Warkworth Beach

Warkworth Beach - Northumberland
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Warkworth Beach is less than a mile away from historic Warkworth village, between Birling Carrs and Amble Breakwater.  Visitors to the village often miss the beach, but those who make the trip are rewarded with a vast expanse of pristine, golden sand stretching as far as the eye can see. 

Whether you’ve come here to sunbathe, play beach games or simply to go for a long, bracing walk, there’s always going to be plenty of space.  The water quality here is very good.  The beach is home to Northside Surf School, who offer surfing lessons every day of the year, catering for all levels of ability.

From the beach there are fine views, looking northwards towards Alnmouth, or across the waters towards Coquet Island, now an RSPB reserve. 

To access the beach, either take a 20 minute walk from the village or park your car in the car park close to Warkworth Golf Club from which the beach is a shorter walk.

The delightful village has lots of interesting shops and galleries to stroll around.  Towering over Warkworth is spectacular Warkworth Castle, once home to the Percy family, now owned by English Heritage.  The castle is open to visitors and there are good audio-guides as well as a variety of organised activities throughout the year. If you’re in the village it’s worth taking the boat trip to Warkworth Hermitage, a 14th century castle carved into the rocks.  The chapel can only be accessed by boat.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities

Nearest town



NE65 0SW

OS grid ref.

NU 2585 0641


Free car parking is available for 100 cars. 500m from the beach.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Warkworth Beach Reviews

Beautiful beach

Nov 01st 2021

Well worth the short walk; even on busy days there is always plenty of space. Definitely one of the best.