Spittal Beach

Spittal Beach is located just south of Berwick-On-Tweed in the most north-eastern corner of Northumberland. Whilst the beach is pleasant enough, with views of the long jetty and lighthouse of Berwick, the main photographic attraction on the beach is a small area of colourful sandstone rocks, which are made up of tightly banded layers which have weathered into smooth rounded shapes. This area of rocks is towards the southern end of the beach, and may be submerged at high tide, so check the tide times before visiting.

Location and Parking

Post Code: TD15 1RW

From the South, leave the A1 at the A1167 roundabout, heading east towards Spittal. At the next roundabout, turn right onto Billenden Terrace. From the north, turn off the A1 at the roundabout with the A698 just south of the River Tees, turn east onto the A608, then at the next roundabout take the B6435 signposted to Spittal. At the junction with the B6354 turn left then at the junction with the A1167 turn right. At the next roundabout, turn left onto Billenden Terrace. Once on Billenden Terrace, follow this road, which turns into Main Street as it turns south. Turn left onto Sea Road, then immediately right onto South Greenwich Road, where there are parking spaces adjacent to the promenade.

Berwick Pier And Lighthouse

To the north of Spittal Beach, Berwick Pier juts out into the sea, which with its lighthouse at the end makes an obvious subject.

Spittal Beach

Berwick Lighthouse

At the north end of the beach, there are the remains of some groynes. Although these are only small, they can be used as foreground interest, especially for long exposure photographs of the incoming tide.

Groynes And Berwick Lighthouse

Spittal Rocks

To reach Spittal Rocks, walk south along the beach, until an area of exposed orange sandstone rocks is reached. The area of rocks is only a few metres across, but with the multiple layers and sculpted curves, there are countless opportunities for close up shots of the patterns.

Spittal Rocks Mosaic

Spittal Rocks

Berwick Lighthouse From Spittal Rocks

Fossils And Patterns

As you explore the rocks, keep an eye out for fossils, there are certainly some plant remains fossilised in the rocks. Also look out for patterns in the sands where the sea has created rivulets that twist and turn like the branches of trees.

Fossils At Spittal Rocks

Sand Patterns

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