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The village of Warkworth is situated one mile west from the North Sea and Amble harbour and 7 miles south east of Alnwick. It is surrounded on three sides by the Coquet river and is dominated by the impressive Warkworth Castle. Warkworth village itself has one main street leading up to the castle, with nice pubs, shops and tearooms along it, as well as private houses.

The castle is owned by English Heritage, and is worth visiting, being very 'castle like' as a result of Victorian and earlier restoration, so children enjoy it very much. A walk along the river is easy going and picturesque.

Pronounced "Aln - mouth" (unlike Alnwick, the "L" is sounded) this popular but peaceful coastal resort has superb sandy beaches and two golf courses. The red roofed and pastel coloures houses which flank the estuary of the River Aln are particularly eye-catching from a distance.

Alnmouth has an interesting history as a trade port of some repute. In 1799, during the War of Independence, this reputation led to an attack on the port by the American privateer, John Paul Jones. One of the cannon balls from this attack has been preserved. A few years after this event Alnmouth harbour was left high and dry when a storm caused the river to change its course, forcing a new route through to the sea. This cut off Church Hill making the town's church inaccessible and leading to its eventual destruction. The church's position is now marked by a wooden cross. Beyond Church Hill the ruins of a long, low building between the dunes and the fields, indicates the area in which the port was originally located. Now used as a shelter by farm animals, this was formerly a guano shed, probably built here to store what was once a valuable commodity, on a spot which was an acceptable distance from the town. After the loss of the port, the town was revitalised with the coming of the railway in the 1840's. It became a popular holiday resort and remains so to this day.

The village is very popular with visitors as in addition to its soft, golden sands it has several high quality hotels, bed & breakfasts, restaurants and gift shops. Don't miss the amazing ice cream shop!

"Alnmouth for Alnwick" railway station is on the London-Newcastle-Edinburgh East Coast mainline and is served by 13 trains a day (in both directions). A "Bus Meets Train" service connects directly to Alnwick town. A "Plus Bus" ticket, purchased when you buy your rail ticket gives tou a full day's unlimited travel on busses from the station to Alnwick or along the coast to Amble, Warkworth and Craster.

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