Five towns in Northumberland have been ranked as the worst in the county by a YouTuber whose videos have gone viral online - do you agree with his views?

The channel, which goes by the name Turdtowns has uploaded videos from his travels across the UK where he ranks, critiques and evaluates lesser-known towns and villages.

His channel is described as exploring the most "obscure" places in the country, and each video involves a walk around the town listing its highlights and low points.

Other areas which have already been on the chopping block are Essex, Wales, Somerset and even Northumberland's neighbouring county, Cumbria. 

Here's what he believes are the 5 worst towns and villages in Northumberland - do you agree?

5. Newbiggin-by-the-Sea

First to be listed as a Turdtown was the seaside escape of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea which has a population of just under 6,000.

Also marked as the 3rd most deprived town in Northumberland, it was described as a "strange" place and Turdtowns images it is a "desperate place" in winter.

The presence of the tourism industry and holiday homes was acknowledged by the creator as he walked about, yet emphasised that many appear to be up for sale.

He concluded the area had a "derelict, run-down look" and "it barely even feels like a town".

The Northern Echo: Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. (Image: GOOGLE MAPS)

4.  Stakeford

The village of Stakeford ranked next, located 17 miles north of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Its 8,000 population lives adjacent to the mining village Bomarsund, which was home to a mine. 

Turdtowns was clear in his consensus of Stakeford and swiftly stated that "the whole place is essentially one ball of mould".

The Northern Echo: Stakeford.Stakeford. (Image: GOOGLE MAPS)

3. Cambois

The small village of Cambois came in at number three with a population around 1,000.

In 2020, Cambois was marked as the new site for the £2.6bn Britishvolt manufacturing plant which was set to employ 3,000 people.

However, the company went into administration and the site went up for sale.

Turdtowns noted that there was "lots of history" in Cambois but there was "nothing left here" but "scars". 

He concluded the place has a "gloomy atmosphere".

The Northern Echo: Cambois.Cambois. (Image: GOOGLE MAPS)

2. Blyth

The largest town in Northumberland, Blyth, is the runner up on Turdtowns ranking.

Compared to Barrow in Furness in Cumbria, he concluded the port town is "pretty depressing" but praised it for its  "good transport connections".

He also noted its declining rate of crime and stated that it is "making an effort to improve".

The Northern Echo: Blyth.Blyth. (Image: GOOGLE MAPS)


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1. Ashington

According to Turdtowns, the worst place to live in Northumberland is Ashington. 

With a population of around 28,000, Turdtowns stated "this place hasn't been relevant for at least 60 years".

He added that "there is nothing here" at the former mining town after its last colliery, Ellington, closed in 2005.

The Northern Echo: Ashington,Ashington, (Image: GOOGLE MAPS)