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The Newsletter of the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
March 2017

This is my final newsletter foreword after four years of chairing the AONB Partnership. It's therefore a chance to thank a number of people:
  • The Partnership members who give up their time to support the objectives of the AONB – which to remind you are in summary to conserve and enhance the landscape, environment and heritage; to encourage employment and the economy; and to support the enjoyment and understanding of the area. They have helped with a number of important projects. 
  • The wider community, including yourselves, that support and promote these aims and enjoy the coast. 
  • Most importantly, the small staff team that does so much for the AONB, currently David Feige, Catherine Gray, Iain Robson and Jessica Turner. 
The staff have been particularly successful in securing outside funding for the area. In my time, this has included the Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership Scheme (£1.8m), the Coast Care volunteering project (£0.9m), most recently Accessing Aidan Project in Bamburgh (£0.4m) as well as securing Coastal Community Team status for part of the area. Thank you.

My postbag (strictly, email inbox) suggests that the two biggest issues about the AONB are planning matters and the lack of control by some owners over their dogs. To comment briefly, I am pleased that the draft Northumberland Core Strategy contains an important policy promoting the special qualities of the AONB. I hope this will improve the quality and relevance of planning decisions. As far as dogs are concerned, the team will continue to work with the Council to promote responsible dog ownership but ultimately, as with many other issues, we rely on people to respect their environment and their neighbours.

In conclusion, I want to send best wishes for the future to all the readers of this newsletter and supporters of the AONB. 

Cllr John Woodman
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Visitor Guide hot off the press next week! 
This year's Northumberland Coast AONB Visitor Guide will be hot off the press in time for the North Tourism Fair next Tuesday 21st March, to be held at Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre in Alnwick. The event starts at 10am and finishes at 2.30pm. 

It will be an ideal opportunity for small businesses to come along and stock up on the Visitor Guides for the coming year. We will have plenty to go around. 

The Visitor Guide is a 48 page full colour glossy newspaper which includes lots of information on things to do and places to go on the Northumberland Coast. It will feature information about attractions, wildlife, heritage, walking, cycling and local food.

We print 50,000 copies which will be available free of charge. 

North Tourism Fair
Bus Familiarisation Trip
People working in tourism on the Northumberland coast are being encouraged to increase their knowledge of local bus services so that they can confidently tell their customers how to travel around without a car this summer.

We have teamed up with Arriva North-east to offer a free trip along the beautiful Northumberland coast to anyone who works in tourism. Staff from Arriva and the AONB Partnership will be on board to provide information about the buses, routes, tickets and timetables and explain how visitors can use the bus to explore the Northumberland Coast AONB.

Anyone working in tourism is invited to join the MAX X18 Coast and Castles service that departs Alnwick Bus Station at 12:02 on Wednesday 26 April. The bus then stops at Longhoughton, Craster, Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh and people can join at any point along the route.  We will stop for refreshments at Sunnyhills Farm Shop at Belford before catching the bus back down the coast, getting back into Alnwick at 16.00.

To reserve a place contact Chris Curtis at Arriva North East by email at or by telephone on 0191 520 4069.

North Northumberland Tourism Association
Northumberland Tourism 
Northumberland Coast Path Passports 

The Passport Scheme for the Northumberland Coast Path was launched last year to mark ten years of the long-distance route.

Walkers are encouraged to get their passport stamped at businesses - or Welcome Ports - they visit along the way such as shops, pubs, cafes and of course where they stay overnight. At the end of the trip they have a treasured possession, a memory of their trip that will last forever. They can also show their passport to claim their certificate and a free half pint of beer at the end in Berwick.

There are numerous benefits to local businesses to become a 'Welcome Port', including discounts, training and online advertising. If you would like more information, then contact Iain Robson who will be happy to come out and meet you.

Northumberland Coast Path Passport
Welcome Port Blog 
Keeping your dog safe near sheep

At this time of year on the Northumberland coast, many of our farmers are just about to start lambing. This means that for the next few weeks there will be heavily pregnant ewes or young lambs in the fields. Pregnant ewes can often abort if they are chased by dogs.

Wherever you come across livestock please put your dog on a lead. But if you are chased by cows, let your dog off to protect yourself.

Remember that farmers are allowed to shoot dogs that are worrying their livestock and nobody, especially the farmers, want to see that happening here on the Northumberland coast so please keep your dog on a lead.

Bringing your dog to the coast
Countryside Code
Traditional music from Northumberland and beyond

Pipes and Fiddles are hosting a concert to celebrate Spring and Easter on the Northumberland coast. 

The popular duo, Andrew and Margaret Watchorn, will be at Crossman Village Hall, Holy Island on Monday 17th April at 3pm. Tickets are available on the door for £7.50 and as usual, accompanied children under 12 are free. They will be finished before the tide comes in!

Pipes and Fiddles
Holy Island Crossing times 
New Members Wanted
Northumberland National Park are currently recruiting for new members of the Northumberland National Park and Countryside Joint Local Access Forum (JLAF).

If you would like more details about the JLAF, visit their website, contact Marion Hume or Lorna Lazzari on 01434 605 555; e-mail 

The deadline for completed applications is Wednesday 29 March 2017
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Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Northumberland Coast AONB was designated in 1958 and covers 39 miles of coast from Berwick to the Coquet estuary. Within this stretch of coastline is some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the country.

The Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership is responsible for making sure that this landscape is conserved and enhanced now and for future generations.
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