There’s nothing better then hitting the beach when the weather is warm or hot and in the North East pretty much all of the coastline is dog friendly too. This beach which is called Ross Back Sands is simply stunning and rather quiet as there is very little car parking, in fact, it will take you around 15 minutes (a miles walk) to get from your car to the beach.
Ross Back Sands is steeped in history, located on the north side of Budle Bay, about two miles north-west of Belford. “Ross is the site of a medieval deserted village. Today, there is a large farm at Ross and a few farm and old coastguard cottages, including Ross Farm Cottages. Ross Low is a stream which flows by the settlement into Budle Bay. Ross Back Sands and Ross Links are located to the east of Ross. During World War 2, Ross Links was used for anti-tank training, and there was a small light railway, probably used for moving target practice. A pillbox just to the west of Ross Farm is one of a number of World War 2 defences in the area”. Reference: https://co-curate.ncl.ac.uk/ross-northumberland/
Upon leaving your car simply head down the lane and keep going, you will end up at Ross Farm which is also home to the Lindisfarne Oysters. The farm itself is a working farm, so please keep dogs on a lead at this point, there maybe sheep or horses grazing the land nearby.
Once you’ve hit the beach gates, you certainly won’t be disappointed with the panoramic views. To the left of the beach in the distance you will see Holy Island and to the right side you will see the impressive Bamburgh Castle.
For our walk, we headed towards Holy Island, a nice and easy stroll, around 7 miles in total including the walk to the beach from the car. Here are a few pictures I took along the way.
The storms we have had recently have unearthed the remains of a shipwrecked vessel, you can see them jutting out of the sand and water.
Once we got closer to Holy Island, we veered around the corner and came across this. The structure is called Guille Point Beacon. It is one of two navigation towers which were reportedly built back in the 1800’s. Standing proud at around 70 feet tall and known locally as the “Old Law Beacons”.
Tom Blackwell states “Vessels entering the harbour lined up with the two beacons on a bearing of 260° (just south of due west) before turning sharply northward as they approached the tip of the spit – a course which safely guided them through the sand bars”. Credit to Tom Blackwell and Keith Park, link to further information can be found here Lighthouse Guile Point
You may even see some seals if your lucky on this stretch of the beach. We also did have to take a small detour on the way back as there was an area cordoned off to protect the nesting birds.
If your looking for a new beach to explore then I’d definitely recommend this one, the next time I venture out here I’ll be heading over to Holy Island and possibly combine it with a nearby trip to Budle Bay which is also a fabulous beach!
Access to Ross Back Sands: Park on the grass verge prior to getting the Farm (there is no vehicle entry beyond this point).
Sat Nav: Ross Farm NE70 7EN
To get to Ross Back Sands from Felmoor Park it’s relatively simple (via the A1) and is only around a 40 minute drive. I’m focusing my blogs mostly on walks and nearby attractions within an hour’s drive of the park.
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