Beaches & Rock Pools
There are fabulous ‘soft sand’ beaches to the North and South of the village, with the most popular to the North of the harbour, this wide sandy 3 mile stretch of beach backed by sand dunes has the glorious back drop of the Farne Islands & Bamburgh Castle is popular with visitors and locals alike and it’s easy to see why, it is just a short walk from the village centre and popular with walkers, much loved when there is a good wind / swell by windsurfers, kite surfers and surfers.
The North beach is perfect for a family day out at the beach and recommended for its high standard of water quality for bathing. Superb rock pools will keep a family occupied throughout the day. The quiet South beach between Seahouses & Beadnell is less well known yet worth finding, Situated on the well signposted Public Coastal Walk along the south cliffs which have their own colony of Kittiwakes the path crosses the Golf course leading onto a beautiful bay.
Farne Island Boat Trips
The Farne Islands lie between two and three miles off the Northumberland Coast between Seahouses and Bamburgh. Internationally famous as an important Sea Bird Sanctuary and home to a large colony of Atlantic or Grey Seals. Birds that use these islands for nesting primarily in May and June include Puffins (locally known as Tommy Noddy’s) and several breeds of Terns. There are some 100,000 pairs of breeding birds in the height of the season and they are remarkably tolerant to visitors, almost ignoring their presence. This tolerance allows the boats and you to get close up to these wonderful creatures, the seals especially are just as curious and the boatmen go out of their way to ensure everyone gets superb photo opportunities. The Boat Trip booking offices at the Harbour are only 5 minutes walk from the cottages perfect for checking out what each of the trip providers offer.
Walking and Cycling
The Northumberland Coast is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and as such offers some of the best coastal walking in the country. The Northumberland Coast Path runs through Seahouses which makes our village an excellent base for walkers, and Seahouses Heritage Cottages are within yards of the path on the south of the village – see our information in the cottages about the Northumberland Coast Path and other walking routes in the County.
The Great North Bike Ride sets off from Seahouses on August Bank Holiday Monday each year heading south along Northumberland AONB coastline to finish at Tynemouth Priory and Castle. Enjoy a great early morning spectacle on that day when the cyclists set off from the main car park.
There are stables (Slate Hall Riding Centre) in Seahouses where you can arrange for horse riding lessons, treks and even beach rides. The beach rides are reserved for experienced riders only, but novices can experience an accompanied walk or lessons in their all weather arena and maybe a trot on quiet country roads. Lessons are available as are various rides up to half a day in length.
Northumberland has an excellent selection of Golf Courses and Seahouses is not the exception. Founded in 1913 Seahouses Golf Course was then a 9 hole course, but was increased to an 18 hole course in 1976. It is the home of two of the most prestigious par three holes in the North of England.
This area is abundant with other golf courses nearby. Just to the North is Bamburgh Golf Club, and to the South is Dunstanburgh Golf Club and two Courses at Alnmouth. Be sure to visit our Golf page for full information about the County’s Courses.
There is also a very popular crazy golf course in Seahouses, ‘The Bunker’ on the seafront has lovely views and has a large soft play space for children and overlooking it all is a licensed restaurant with a balcony area giving stunning views of the coastline & Farne Islands. Visit their website for more information.
Watersports – Plus – Sport & Equipment Providers
The beach to the North of Seahouses, also known as St Aidan’s Beach, is popular place for water sports, it is also provides some good waves for surfing near to the harbour and has good conditions on the main beach on a South swell. Other places nearby that are known to be excellent surf spots include Bamburgh beach just North of Seahouses and Beadnell Bay just to the South.
Northside Surf School offer beach surf lessons on several beaches along the Northumberland Coast including Seahouses. Courses start at 2 hours and go up to 5 days and are run by Jon Nolan, a British Surfing Association Coach and an RLSS Beach Lifeguard so you know you’re in safe hands. The school provides all necessary equipment needed.
Boards and Bikes. They supply and hire wetsuits, boards and bikes to the Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh area. They will even deliver them to wherever you are staying,. They don’t just hire equipment, they also run excellent value lessons on the beaches of Bamburgh, Seahouses and Beadnell. They start from 2 hours and include a full safety brief before allowing you in the water as safely as possible with their skilled and friendly teachers.
Diving & Fishing Trips
Booking Offices on the Harbour offer specialised diving trips which are also popular. The treacherous rocks of the Farne Islands have gathered many wrecks & many lie in water which is exceptionally clear. Here and there are usually numerous very curious Atlantic Grey Seals that live and breed here who come along and check out what you’re up to. There are many wrecks around the Farnes including the Somali, a 450 foot Steamer that was sunk in 1941.
There are also many interesting sites in shallower water that make an excellent dive, visit the North East Diving Site for more information and site descriptions.
You can hire one of the local operators. The most popular is Billy Shiel’s Company, Glad Tidings. They have two boats with specialist diving equipment with dive lifts fitted for easy access to the water. Contact them via their website for more information.
MFV ‘Guide Me’. Owned by Alan Dawson and his family have over 40 years experience fishing the North Sea and run fishing trips. He is fully qualified to carry up to twelve passengers on his boat and offers trips from 3 hours to 6 hours and is also available for private charter. You will be fishing the seabed for species such as Cod, Ling, Pollock and Mackerel. For more information visit their website.
Unity Fishing Trips can also cater for all your fishing trip needs from 3 hours for novices and families up to 8 hour wreck fishing trips at some of Northumberland’s most famous wrecks. Contact skipper Matty Stephenson via his website for more information.