Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cast Your Vote for County's Coastline

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cast Your Vote for County's Coastline

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Byline: Tony Henderson Reporter

THE beauty of the Northumberland coast could land the North East a hat-trick of national awards.

The coast itself has been shortlisted for the Holiday Destination of the Year title in the 2017 BBC Countryfile magazine awards.

Embleton Bay, with its view towards Dunstanburgh castle - one of the finest vistas in the region - is in the running for Beach of the Year, while the Farne Islands are a contender for Nature Reserve of the Year.

And Durham Cathedral is also on the shortlist for Heritage Site of the Year.

Last month, we reported how the Farne Islands had been rated by Wanderlust magazine as one of the five best remote locations to visit in the UK.

The region could now be set to repeat its achievements in last year's Countryfile awards, when Northumberland National Park won the national park of the year category, Bamburgh Castle clinched the Landmark of the Year section, Hadrian's Wall took the Heritage Site of the Year title and Sunderland-based Berghaus carried off the Outdoor Brand of the Year award.

The triple shortlisting for the Northumberland coast was described as "wonderful" by Tom Cadwallender, Alnmouth-based bird recorder for the British Trust for Ornithology.

Tom, a former officer with the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, said: "This is great recognition for the natural asset we have in the coast where people can enjoy the fantastic landscape and wildlife."

Iain Robson, access and natural environment officer for the AONB Partnership, said: "It is brilliant for the Northumberland coast to be recognised in this way for its outstanding natural beauty, wildlife, walking, and historic environment.

"People have woken up to the fact that the coast is such a beautiful place, partly by word of mouth and social media.

"Many of our visitors are repeat visitors - when people come once they tend to come back again and again and the majority are from outside the region. …

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