Outchester & Ross Holiday Cottages, Northumberland: Holiday Information
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
From Berwick to Amble, this Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty is one of the country's finest landscapes.
It was established in 1958 to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of this dramatic coastline. High rocky cliffs, sweeping sandy beaches, rolling dunes, rich mudflats, and isolated islands. The interaction of sea and land has created a rich mix of habitats throughout the area, which support a wide range of wildlife including grey seals, dune flowers, over-wintering birds and summer seabird colonies. Much of the coast is owned or managed by conservation organisations and the whole shore is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. All in that glorious light.
Amidst this striking landscape is the evidence of an area steeped in history, covering 7,000 years of human activity. Prominent castles, fortifications and Christian heritage buildings provide the best known historic images, added to bronze and iron age settlements, picturesque fishing villages and 20th century military defences. Coastal heroines such as Grace Darling have also left their mark in local folk history.
The beauty of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a combined result of the forces of nature and the stewardship of the farmers, landowners and local communities living and working in the area. Northumberland County Council has a legal duty to care for the AONB in partnership with statutory organisations, interest groups and the local community.