The AONB designation exists to ensure that the natural beauty of the Northumberland Coast is conserved and enhanced for us and for future generations.The Northumberland Coast AONB was designated in 1958. It covers 39 miles of
coast from Spittal to the Coquet estuary, reaching no more than two to three miles inland along its length.
The AONB designation is a sure indicator to visitors of the 'quality' of the landscape, which is recognised as the equivalent to a National Park. The AONB authorities, in meeting their statutory obligations, provide a great deal of information about the area, opportunities to learn more, events to participate in and opportunities to contribute. All of this can be found through the following web sites.
The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty site is a mine of information.
The Our Coast, Our Sea site is dedicated to providing information about the coast to make your visit even more interesting.
The North Sea Trail web site has much information about the coast including the facility to produce local maps and guides.
The Berwickshire & North Northumberland
Coast European Marine Site is an area extending from Alnmouth in North East England to Fast Castle Head in south east Scotland, including the Farne Islands. It is an important conservation area and the web site presents much information about the area.