Lift your spirits with sparkling, sea air
Pub and coastal walks in England can set a very high bar but one of the very best is tucked away in the north-east corner of Northumberland, where the Ship Inn is a strong contender for the best-located coastal pub in England.
You’ll find it in a small courtyard of former fishermen’s cottages that make up the tiny hamlet of Low Newton-by-the Sea. The food is wide-ranging and will suit all budgets and appetites, from warming toasties to locally caught mackerel and crab.
They brew their own beer too, in a converted garage next door and produce 20 ales n rotation, including Sandcastles at Dawn and Ship Hop Ale.
Once you’re finished in the pub, it’s time to walk everything off by exploring the magnificent countryside. The best option is to walk for a couple of kilometres south along the coast, cresting the magnificently crescent-shaped Embleton Bay until you reach Embleton Burn, a stream that trickles into the North Sea.
All year round you might see gannets commuting by; flowers including orchids and the hardy bloody cranesbill sporting their beauty in the spring; in autumn, minke whales and seals can be spotted.
On the return to Low Newton-by-the-Sea you can follow sand tracks behind the pub to the enchanting, secluded ponds known as Newton Pools. There are hides to linger in here, and you have a good chance of seeing herons along with distinctively patterned ducks such as teal and goldeneye. Two pairs of barn owls like to hunt in the fields, and late afternoon and dusk is an excellent time, especially in Autumn, to spot them.