Why come to Amble?
A small Northumberland port lying at the mouth of the river Coquet, Amble is immersed in heritage and industry. The origins of the name are unclear, but it is acknowledged that people were living here at the time of the Roman Empire, as coins from that era have been unearthed locally.
The 19th Century saw Amble’s development into a small industrial harbour, exporting coal from neighbouring Northumbrian villages. We also witnessed the initiation of the fishing industry which still continues today. Usual catches are prawns, lobsters, crabs, white fish, cod, haddock, plaice and occasionally mackerel.
Amble is vibrant during the summer as people come to admire its estuary and picturesque sandy beaches. Moreover, it has its own rounded pier which gives home to the largest fleet of small fishing boats on the whole of the northeast coast.
I still remember making my own way along the pier for the first time. I listened to the boats as they gently bobbed on the sea. This conjured up a feeling of serenity inside me. At that moment, I felt I belonged here.
A tourist can take a Puffin cruise around Coquet Island or simply amble by, and watch the fishermen unloading their catch. The marina is a popular attraction providing berthing to yachts from around the UK and across the continent.
Additionally, the charitable organisation Coquet Shorebase Trust organises water sport activities such as kayaking and sailing suitable for the beginner as well as the advanced participant.
The high street and local amenities
Its charming town centre, cosy holiday cottages, restaurants and cafes make the place appeal to many different cultures and social groups. I was immediately drawn into the customs and ways of people living here. It was refreshing for me to find my way around a close knit neighbourhood as opposed to moving through a busy city where facilities are far flung. There are many other attractions including a five star caravan park.
Excursions and local interest
Families can drive the short distance to Alnwick castle to discover the home of Harry Potter, educating children about mystery and magic, a child’s paradise. A trip to Hauxley is not to be missed, to observe the bird hides where various geese, seabirds and herons are seen.
There are miles of unspoilt countryside one could explore on foot, including the gentle Amble to Warkworth route. I loved inhaling the fresh sea air as I found Warkworth for the first time. The imposing 12th century castle was the pinnacle of my visit. It is a sight to behold especially in springtime as flowers such as daffodils cover it.
There are many other services and sites to admire. Pleasant and peaceful, who welcome new-comers with open arms. I know I was welcome.