Looking for campervan road trip ideas in the UK? Well, the Northumberland Coast has some of the most beautiful beaches in England and very often you are lucky enough to have them all to yourself. Try the Northumberland Coastal Route in your VW campervan hired from Herding Hill Farm and open the gate to long beach walks, spectacular castles, amazing views and great food. Perfect for a long weekend, it’s easy to navigate (just follow the brown "Coastal Route" signs) and there are some great spots to park up, make a brew and relax. This makes it the perfect UK campervan route to enjoy with all the family! Please remember that wild camping is not allowed in England so make sure you find a campsite for your campervan each evening.
From Herding Hill Farm Camping
and Glamping site head across to the coast and take your time on the road to
Berwick, exploring the villages, dunes, countryside and beaches along the way.
Well worth stopping for a picnic and a walk, you’re spoilt for choice between Ladyburn Lake, popular for water sports, a dune or a beach walk along three miles of beautiful unspoilt Northumberland coastline.
4 miles up the road discover Amble, a bustling fishing port that's well worth a visit. A great place to stop for a bite to eat with some of the best fish and chips and ice-cream you'll find in Northumberland. Browse the colourful beach huts in Amble Harbour Village selling crafts, gifts, art, food and drink or stroll along the waterfront and pier watching the boats. A safe small beach and water area is good for children to play on sunny days.
Beautiful sandstone streets, full of colourful flowers will let you know you have arrived in Warkworth, home to a wonderful variety of art galleries, shops and pubs. Warkworth Castle is surrounded by rows of yellow daffodils in Spring and is well worth a visit. Over the bridge as you leave the town follow the road to the golf course and park up for access to Warkworth beach.
The Northumberland market town of Alnwick has all the amenities you would expect, as well as the fabulous Alnwick Castle and Gardens, both worth a visit in their own right whether you love Harry Potter or not! Alnwick Castle is the second largest lived-in castle in the UK after Windsor.
Famous for its smokehouse and kippers,
Craster has a small harbour and is the start of one of the most beautiful walks
in Northumberland, Craster to Low Newton via the beautiful Embleton Bay passing
the intriguing ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. The Ship Inn at Low Newton has a
gorgeous courtyard overlooking the beach where you can enjoy home-brewed ale
and crab sandwiches. If you’re short on time the flat 2-mile walk to
Dunstanburgh Castle is a must-do.
Check out Proctors Stead for a lovely place to park up for the night!
Beadnell has two sandy beaches, three pubs and a lovely harbour area and is perfect for launching small crafts. If you are using the bike rack on your campervan why not cycle from Beadnell to Seahouses and then onto Bamburgh. It’s flat and the road hugs the Northumberland coastline all the way making for spectacular views.
Stay the night at Ann Stead for a relaxing evening.
Probably the most tourist of the Northumberland villages on the route Seahouses boasts arcades, pitch and putt and ice cream parlours but is still worth a visit. You can buy fresh seafood on the harbour and even go on a boat trip to the wonderful Farne Island where at certain times of the year you will see puffins but are sure to meet hundreds of seabirds whenever you visit.
Spend your night camping over at Springhill Farm whilst you visit.
The imposing Bamburgh Castle is quite simply spectacular and the views will dominate your visit. Again, another beach perfect for a picnic.
Park up for the evening at the stunning South Meadows campsite.
Popular with birdwatchers, this is an important bird sanctuary and the deserted Ross Sands is fabulous for a walk.
Treat yourself to a stay at Meadow Head!
Accessed via a 3-mile coastal causeway, no road trip to Northumberland would be complete without a visit to the isolated holy island of Lindisfarne. Just watch the tide times if you are taking the camper van across to ensure that you do not get cut off. A place of religious significance, the much-revered Saint Cuthbert died here in 687 A.D.
Visit the ancient and infamous abbey
as well as the castle. The Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve has a rich array
of wildlife, and there an abundance of grey seals living around the island.
Just two and a half miles short
of the Scottish Border, Berwick as it is more commonly known, is the
Northernmost Town in England and for centuries was a battleground between the
Scots and the English, changing hands many times. Today it is a traditional market
town at the mouth of the River Tweed, famous for its salmon fishing, and offers
many points of interest and architectural features including a huge railway
viaduct over the river, as well as excellent shopping, all in a lovely coastal
Wind down for the evening at the beautiful Berwick Seaview caravan site and enjoy the sunset.
It’s then an easy drive back to Herding Hill Camping and Glamping site along the A1 or take your time through the beautiful Cheviot Hills of Northumberland.
Please remember that wild camping is not allowed in England.
Visit Northumberland website for more information and ideas!
Ready to book your getaway? Book your VW campervan hire here!