Embleton Bay crowned BBC Countryfile Magazine’s beach of the year

BBC Countryfile Magazine readers have crowned Embleton Bay their beach of the year.

More than 56,000 readers voted in the poll that saw the Northumberland beach, which has been cared for by the National Trust since 1961, win the beach of the year category.

View of Dunstanburgh Castle from the north West The view shows the sand dunes on Embleton Beach in evening sunlight with the ruins of the 14th century stronghold visible in the distance

View of Dunstanburgh Castle from the north West The view shows the sand dunes on Embleton Beach in evening sunlight with the ruins of the 14th century stronghold visible in the distance. Credit: National Trust Images/Joe Cornish

Gwen Potter, National Trust countryside manager, said:  “Embleton Bay is such a special part of the Northumberland Coast, we knew we wouldn’t be able to keep it secret for ever.

“With white sands and crystal clear waters to the east and the ruins of Dunstanburgh to the south, it’s a wonderful place to walk whether on a rainy day or in bright summer sunshine.”

The mile-long stretch of beach and dunes is notable for its wildlife, including rare birds like little terns and grey partridge.

Gwen Potter added:  “Our rangers work hard to ensure this stretch of coast remains home to neon flowers such as bloody cranesbill and lady’s bedstraw in the spring, Arctic terns, skylarks and yellowhammers in the summer and shorebirds dabbling in the surf in the autumn and winter.”

BBC Countryfile Magazine readers also voted the Northumberland coast their holiday destination of the year. The National Trust cares for around twelve miles of beaches, dunes, rocky cliffs, meadows and grasslands along the Northumberland coast.

The conservation charity also owns and manages the Farne Islands, a wildlife-lover’s paradise two miles off the Northumberland coast and home to around 37,000 pairs of puffins. The islands narrowly missed being voted BBC Countryfile Magazine’s nature reserve of the year.

About Embleton Bay

  • The beach is about a mile long. 700-year-old Dunstanburgh Castle sits at the south end of the bay.
  • The dunes and foreshore are home to rare orchids and Arctic terns, which arrive in the bay from Antarctica in the spring.
  • 86 hectares of dune and foreshore in Embleton Bay were given to the National Trust in 1961.

Meet the other winners of the 2017 BBC Countryfile Magazine awards.

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