Alnmouth - The Local Area
Alnmouth and Bamburgh Castle
Situated just over 4 miles southeast of Alnwick, and beyond the A1068 junction. Alnmouth is at the end of the B1338, and resting on the estuary of the River Aln.
A picturesque coastal village, Alnmouth was originally founded as a medieval borough or new town in 1150 and was established as a grain port and shipbuilding centre between the years of 1207 and 1208.
In 1336 the village was virtually destroyed by the Scots and 12 years later the Black Death wiped out one third of the population.
Slowly recovering and reaching a peak of prosperity in the 17th and 18th centuries, it became an important seaport between the Rivers Tweed and Tyne.
As this thriving little port exported grain from the Tyne Valley, the road to Alnmouth was known as the ’Corn Road’ or ’Aylemouth Road’. At one time there were 16 granaries in Alnmouth, and some of these buildings can still be seen in the village today.
On Christmas Eve in 1806 nature played a hand in the village’s history. An exceptional storm changed the course of the River Aln a little to the north. After this event, the harbour became much less attractive for shipping, leading to a decline in trade.
Fortunately the growth of tourism in the time of Queen Victoria helped Alnmouth to recover, and from then on it has been a popular resort.
Today Alnmouth remains a beautiful and interesting village and is worth exploring. There is a variety of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and gift shops for the discerning visitor to enjoy. There is a Post Office and also a great General Stores, both located on Northumberland Street and just 2 minutes from Paradise Lodge. For a wider selection of shops, banks and a larger Supermarket, Alnwick is only 4 miles away.
Visitors are welcome to visit The Friary of Saint Francis and are allowed to walk around the grounds close to the sea. Alnmouth is the most northerly community in England (but the friars have one in Scotland). The house offers a place of pastoral care in the North East, welcomes guests and has a constant stream of visitors.
Sailing enthusiasts have available yacht and small boat moorings within the sheltered estuary. However entry is very difficult across a shallow bar protecting a shifting channel. Fortunately there are no rocks, but the currents can be dangerously fast in the narrow channel. A bilge keel yacht is more suited to this approach than a fin keeled yacht.
Two golf courses are available in Alnmouth, the original golf course, which had 18 holes, was formed in 1869, the course was designed and created by famous golf professional Mungo Park, making it the second oldest course in England.
At a later date it was split into two courses, Alnmouth Village Golf Club, a fine 9 hole course adjacent to the beach, this links course having one hill and the view from the 7th is outstanding, and Alnmouth Golf Club, a challenging 18 hole course with an excellent layout and panoramic views, the course being located at nearby Foxton Hall.
There is a railway station called "Alnmouth Station", not really in Alnmouth but located about one mile west in the nearby village of Hipsburn. The main east coast service between Aberdeen and London stops at the station six or seven times a day. There is also a commuter service to and from Newcastle, which adds another two or three trains to the timetable. Most of the trains running to and from Alnmouth do so during the morning and afternoon rush hour and then in the mid-evening.
There are numerous sites of historic interest, castles and country houses nearby. Alnwick Castle, made famous by Harry Potter and the famous Alnwick Gardens with its amazing water cascades and fabulous Tree House are only minutes away. Both English Heritage and the National Trust have many properties in the area. Hadrians Wall has various sites nearby and both the Farne Islands and Lindisfarne are easily accessible. And not forgetting, of course, the wonderful beaches for which Northumberland is acclaimed.