A coastal spot “overlooked by magnificent ruins” in the North East has been revealed as one of the best “secret" beaches in Britain, ideal for those who want to escape the tourists.

Embleton Beach in Northumberland has been praised for having “white sands” that meet a “crystal-clear turquoise sea” by The Independent, who named the location in its list of the top places to visit in 2024.

The publisher commented: “Summer is in sight, with light nights and sunny days tantalisingly close. It’s a good time of year to start making a list of beaches you want to visit, especially if you want to avoid fighting for space on the shores with hundreds of others.

“Even though the UK weather is notoriously unpredictable, Brits love nothing more than a beach day. Whether you live in the city or countryside, there’s blissful escapism to be found in feeling the sand between your toes and taking a dip in beautiful, bracing waters.”

@northumberland_adventure Northumberland must be one of the most dog friendly regions in UK, our beaches are dog friendly all year round so the perfect opportunity to explore the coastline with your four legged friend in tow. With miles and miles of unspoilt and often deserted beaches those four paws can zoomie to their hearts content. With so many of Northumberland’s cafes and restaurants also dog friendly as well as so many cottages and accommodation it’s easy to visit with all the family and really make a day or it or a holiday. Nothing brings more happiness than seeing my own pooch take sheer joy in a run on our local beach, and a well earned coffee stop after while she sleeps. Some of my favourite Northumberland beaches include : 💛 Druridge Bay 💛 Bamburgh Beach 💛 Embleton Bay Let me and other followers know your top dog friendly beach or stop along Northumberland in the comments would be great to compile a list for the website… #dogfriendly #northumberland #northumberlandbeaches #dogfriendlyholidays #northumberlandblogger #beach ♬ The Mountain Is You OUT APRIL 12TH - chancepena

You can see all of the UK’s best ‘secret' beaches here.

Why is Embleton Beach one of the best ‘secret' beaches in the UK?

The Independent explained: “Northumberland is famed for its fantastic sweeping coastline, and Embleton village is a lesser-known spot located between Craster and Low Newton by the Sea.

“The beach is overlooked by the magnificent ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and it can be accessed by walking through Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course.

“Embleton Beach’s white sands meet a crystal-clear turquoise sea, and it makes an ideal dog walking spot.”

The Northern Echo: Embleton Beach provides quite the viewEmbleton Beach provides quite the view (Image: Tripadvisor)

On recommending where to stay, the publisher added: “The Joiners Arms in Newton By The Sea serves up hearty pub grub, beautifully decorated bedrooms and a quaint village setting.”

On Tripadvisor, there are more than 300 reviews about Embleton Beach left by visitors (which currently has a 5/5 rating).

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Someone posted: “What a fabulous location. We went to watch the stormy waves which was so relaxing. Had a walk down to it from the cottage in Embleton which took about 15 minutes but well worth it.”

This person wrote: “Embleton beach is fantastic. You can drive to the golf club and pay parking fee and it's just a very short walk from there to the fabulous beach. You can get food and drink in the golf clubhouse too. A lovely little farm shop. Pub with takeaway fish n chips or eat in very nice pub.”

“A wonderful part of the country with scenery to die for. Friendly people with lots to do. Fabulous bay and great golf course on the beach,” commented another.