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Things to do in Cresswell, Northumberland

Cresswell is a small Northumberland village, popular with walkers and bird watchers.

Cresswell Beach looking south © Paula K Parsons
Cresswell Beach looking south

It is situated on the North Sea coast, about four miles north of the small town of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, on the wide sweep of Druridge Bay.

One interesting story about Cresswell is that the devil himself once visited the town!

Local legend has it that in 1752 there was a tailor in Cresswell widely regarded as the best tailor in the land.

So Satan paid him a visit, hoping to tempt him to commit the sin of pride.

Thankfully the tailor rumbled the devil, got in touch with the vicar and the devil vanished in a fireball!

There are many local legends about mysterious events, magic and witchcraft - unsurprising since more than 20 witches were executed in the Cresswell area.

Why not see how many supernatural stories you can uncover during your visit?

Present Day Cresswell

Cresswell is a small and well-spread community of just over 200 residents scattered along the coastal road.

The area has some spectacular scenery, scenic clifftop paths and a golden sandy beach.

Cresswell Tower © Paula K Parsons
Cresswell Tower

A 64-mile coastal path begins at Cresswell and runs along the Northumberland coast to Berwick-upon-Tweed making it a pleasant place for serious walkers.

The outstanding natural beauty of the area draws many visitors who appreciate the rugged coastline and landscapes.

It has several stunning beaches and many historic villages, ancient castles and churches in the area.

The Scottish border is a short drive from Cresswell, providing further pleasant walks and scenic drives.

Hadrian's Wall can still be seen in places, marking the border 2000 years later.

Cresswell has a pond and bird hide for visitors to watch the many species of local birds.

The National Trust-owned Druridge Bay Country Park runs from Cresswell to Amble and has more facilities for walkers and those wanting to see birds and wildlife.

Things to do in Cresswell

The area is ideal for walkers, cyclists, bird-watchers and those who enjoy horseback riding as there are plenty of opportunities for all these activities around Cresswell.

The Cheviot Hills and the Northumberland National Park are a nature lover's paradise.

Families enjoy spending leisurely days on Cresswell's sandy beach.

The historic county town of Morpeth is a short drive from Cresswell and has a Wednesday market for sourcing local produce and other bargains.

It has some good shops for local supplies and has a Bagpipe Museum and the Northumbrian Arts and Crafts Gallery.

Nearby Carlisle Park offers tennis, bowls and river boats along with the lovely Turner Garden, named after William Turner the botanist who created the first reliable list of English plants and animals.

Kielder Water is ideal for watersports with its vast expanse of open water and both the Linden Hall Golf Club and the Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Golf Club offer great scenery for golfers along the fairways.

Harry Potter fans may want to take a trip to nearby Alnwick Castle, a.k.a. Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which also has some lovely gardens.

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