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Things to do in Cresswell, Northumberland

Sunrise at Cresswell Beach
Sunrise at Cresswell Beach ©coxy58 - stock.adobe.com

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

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.

Cresswell Tower © Paula K Parsons
Cresswell Tower © Paula K Parsons

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.

Cresswell Beach
Cresswell Beach ©jouein - stock.adobe.com

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 Sunrise
Cresswell Sunrise ©Kyle - stock.adobe.com

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.

Druridge Bay and Dunbar Burn
Druridge Bay and Dunbar Burn ©drhfoto - stock.adobe.com

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 beach shore
Cresswell beach shore ©Gary Williams - stock.adobe.com

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.

North Sea Coast and the beach near Cresswell
North Sea Coast and the beach near Cresswell ©Bernd Brueggemann - stock.adobe.com

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

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

Cresswell Beach, Northumberland
Cresswell Beach, Northumberland ©Dan - stock.adobe.com

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.

Sunrise and dawn light over the rocks on Cresswell Beach
Sunrise and dawn light over the rocks on Cresswell Beach ©coxy58 - stock.adobe.com

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.

Sunrise at Cresswell Beach
Sunrise at Cresswell Beach ©coxy58 - stock.adobe.com

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.

View of Cresswell Beach
View of Cresswell Beach ©coxy58 - stock.adobe.com

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.

Cresswell Beach in early morning light with WW2 coastal defence concrete blocks in sand.
Cresswell Beach in early morning light with WW2 coastal defence concrete blocks in sand. ©coxy58 - stock.adobe.com

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

Silhouette Wind Turbines Against Sky During Sunset
Silhouette Wind Turbines Against Sky During Sunset ©chris miller/EyeEm - stock.adobe.com

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