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Low Newton by the Sea

Considered by many to be one of the most picturesque villages on The Northumberland Coast, the small isolated 18th century fishing village of Low Newton by the Sea is popular with visitors all year round.

Owned in part by The National Trust, the village consists of an open-ended square of cream-washed cottages set around a green and looking out to sea across the beach of Newton Haven, and a few other houses including Haven and Cullernose Cottages.

The hub of the village is The Ship Inn, a popular and friendly pub serving an excellent range of bar meals. An inn is reputed to have been here since the 1700's.
The sheltered bay of Newton Haven provides a safe anchorage for small craft and also larger yachts. Dinghy sailing and windsurfing are popular with water sports enthusiasts. Storage for small craft is available in the dinghy park beyond the 'square'.

The area is renowned for its good bird watching, in particular the 'Newton Pool Bird Reserve' overlooking Newton Pool. Two well-constructed bird hides are provided, including one with disabled access. The early summer months of May and June are of particular interest, being the breeding season. An abundance of spectacular bird activity just a few metres from the hides.

When windsurfing first started to be established in the UK, Low Newton was one of the few venues where hardy enthusiasts began coming to grips with this new sailing experience, over three decades ago, using the original 'Windsurfer' brand of sailboard, this being the only model available at that time. Since those early days the sport has mushroomed and become hugely popular worldwide. In the past the village has hosted windsurfing regattas and also at one time had a windsurfing school close to the beach.

A micro-brewery has recently been installed in the Ship Inn, with real ales brewed on the premises, current production is 16 nine gallon kegs a week, among which include, Sea Wheat, Sand Castles at Dawn, Dolly Day Dream and Ship Hot Ale. The Ship Inn, arguably England's most northerly micro-brewery, was recently featured on the BBC Two television programme 'Oz and James Drink to Britain. Oz Clarke and James May visited the pub, giving it high raise and enjoying freshly caught lobster, washed down with the pub's finest ale, Sea Wheat, while looking out over pretty Newton Haven and the expanse of the North Sea beyond. Michael Hegarty, head brewer, formerly of the now defunct Barefoot Brewery, brews these popular beers.

St Mary's church, which dates from the end of the 19th century, is an unusual building. The church, originally purchased in kit form, is constructed from corrugated steel sheeting and features pretty stained glass windows. Used both as church and village hall in times past, the building was extensively refurbished a few years ago and continues to be in regular use.

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