Pictures of England
Exploring the counties, picturesque villages & historic towns of England
Join today & create your own Pictures of England Gallery..


Historic Towns & Picturesque Villages

Batemans Tower after restoration, Brightlingsea


a Seaside Town in the county of Essex

A picture of Plaxtol


a Picturesque Village in the county of Kent

Lancing College


in the county of West Sussex

England Articles

Pictures of Amble

a Seaside Town in the county of Northumberland
House on the Hill

About Amble

Northumberland is as famous for its numerous rivers flowing through lonely landscapes, as it is for its vast acre's of windswept coast. Amble, where the beautiful River Coquet meets the sea after a journey travelling through woods, hay meadows and moorlands, from its source in the Scottish Borders, is a lovely coastal resort from which it possible to explore many of the counties rivers, whilst enjoying the benefits of the sea.

Amble has a bustling harbour alongside Northumberland's only marina for yachts. They share an exceptional setting beside the Coquet estuary which in spite of growing popularity, has fortunately managed to remain utterly unspoiled. The harbour is a great place for sitting and watching the 'boats' go by. Picturesque, sea-going craft of all types and sizes, float in and out of the harbour and, at regular intervals a gaily painted fishing boat will off load its catch of mouth-watering crab and lobster. It seems somehow strange to think that at one time, in the rolling countryside around Amble there were nearly one hundred mine-shafts. These are closed now and Amble prospers mainly from tourism - for this is a place offering a goodly share of excitement, whilst enjoying a slower pace of life.

The shore-line is a mixture of sand, shingle and rock from which you get excellent sea and coastal views, as well as views of Coquet Island, lying a mile off coast to the west of Amble harbour. The island is owned by the RSPB, it is a nature reserve and a bird sanctuary. Small and rocky with a grass covered top crowned by a lighthouse, the island is used by many species of birds as a nesting place and breeding ground. Do take advantage of a boat trip to the island, it is a fascinating sight, so many birds in their natural habitat

Beyond the blue sea and precious golden sands, lies a hinterland of rivers of which the Coquet is just one. By the time the river reaches Amble it will have hurried over silvery boulders and rocks from its source in the Cheviots. The Coquet has the clearest of waters and sometimes, when the river flows through high ground, you can catch an occasional sighting of salmon or sea trout. Other rivers in this picturesque region are the Alne, Breamish and the River Till.

Water-sport enthusiasts are well catered for in Amble, if sailing is not already your particular 'passion' it soon will be for there are short sailing courses open to beginners. There are well planned sea trips exploring the beauty of the coast, sea fishing trips and boat trips to Coquet Island to see nesting terns. If the water is not for you, there are plenty of other options; Warkworth castle and the Hermitage are of interest and it is as though the sedate town of Alnwick, on the banks of the Alne, was just made for strolling around. It has an 11th-century castle with a Renaissance style interior which was restored by the Percy family in the 19th-century. Then of course there are the romantic ruins of the once mighty Dunstanburgh Castle, regally set on a cliff, 100ft above the sea.

At all times and in all weathers, there is always something to do. Even a quiet stroll along the river banks reveals a wealth of interest, colourful wild flowers grow here as well as on cliff tops and there are plants, reeds and trees, in intricate shades of green. The pleasures of Amble are there for the taking - enjoy!

Attractions include: Warkworth Castle, St.Michael & All Angels Church at Alnwick, Dunstanburgh Castle, the village of Edlingham for 12th-century church & 13th-century castle and Bamburgh Castle.

Recommended towns & villages near Amble

St Lawrence Church, Warkworth, Northumberland 18/09/10

Warkworth (142 Pictures) a Seaside Town in the county of Northumberland

(1.4 miles, 2.3 km, direction NW of Amble)

Sparkling in high summer and tinged with frosty thin ice in winter, the River Coquet makes its final loop before entering the sea at Amble...

August 2009

Alnmouth (11 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Northumberland

(4.1 miles, 6.6 km, direction N of Amble)

Alnmouth lies on a coastline famed for its outstanding natural beauty, thus one of its greatest pleasures is found in wandering the coastal paths enjoying uninterrupted sea and coastal views...

Old City Gate in Alnwick, Northumberland

Alnwick (102 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Northumberland

(7.5 miles, 12.0 km, direction NW of Amble)

Set magnificently in the heart of the beautiful northern countryside is the great castle that has dominated the life and times of Alnwick for centuries...

Craster Harbour

Craster (93 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Northumberland

(9.8 miles, 15.8 km, direction N of Amble)

Craster is a quiet and unspoiled fishing village in Northumberland, famous for its Kippers and beautiful cliff scenery..

St. Bartholemew's church, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland

Newbiggin-by-the-Sea (4 Pictures) a Seaside Town in the county of Northumberland

(10.4 miles, 16.7 km, direction S of Amble)

The bay is a major attraction, often lively with fishing cobbles and pleasure craft, it is also a haven for sun-bathers...

All towns & villages in Northumberland
Complete A to Z of towns & villages in England

Nearby attractions..

Warkworth Castle Lion Tower

Warkworth Castle (118 Pictures)

(1.5 miles, 2.4 km, direction NW)

This once superb castle was, for over four centuries, one of the most important in a long line of defensive castle's built in the.....

The Tree House, Alnwick Gardens, Northumberland. September 2006. Canon Powershot 400

The Alnwick Garden (13 Pictures)

(7.3 miles, 11.7 km, direction NW)

Adjacent to Alnwick Castle is the Alnwick Garden. The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland is one of the most exciting contemporary.....

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Alnwick Castle (59 Pictures)

(7.6 miles, 12.2 km, direction NW)

The vast castle of the Dukes of Northumberland remains very much a family home, a living place that is second only to Windsor.....

Hulne Park, Alnwick, Northumberland. December 05

Hulne Park (1 Pictures)

(9.1 miles, 14.7 km, direction NW)

This magnificent park covers thousands of acres of glorious countryside. It is mostly enclosed by old stone walls, lying just a.....

Dunstanburgh Castle Lilburn Tower

Dunstanburgh Castle (71 Pictures)

(9.9 miles, 16.0 km, direction N)

The romantic remains of this once extensive castle stand high on a cliff above the waters of the North Sea. The castle was begun.....

The lake in Cragside Estate, nr Rotherbury, Northumberland.

Cragside (156 Pictures)

(12.1 miles, 19.4 km, direction W)

It would be hard to find a more pleasant and peaceful place than Rothbury. This enchanting little market town sits splendidly.....

Lordenshaw, near Rothbury, Northumberland, England

Lordenshaw (2 Pictures)

(13.7 miles, 22.0 km, direction W)

Ancient cup-and-ring marked outcrop and Iron Age hillfort in Northumberland National Park..

All attractions in Amble
All attractions in Northumberland
Complete A to Z of attractions in England