Pronounced ‘Boomer’, Boulmer is a small coastal village set 3 miles north from Alnmouth, perfect if you’re looking for a peaceful escape. The sandy cove offers the idyllic place to sit and watch the world go by, whilst you’ll find Seaton Point further south, which is a great spot for swimming. As one of Northumberland’s remaining traditional fishing villages, you can spot the blue fishing cobles being hauled out every morning as they have done for over 100 years.
To the north of Boulmer, Sugar Sands beach is ideal for traditional days at the seaside. The gorgeous stretch of sand is perfect for a picnic or sand-castle building.
The Fishing Boat Inn
Boulmer has only one place to eat and drink, The Fishing Boat Inn. Offering gorgeous views of the sea, the pub has recently been renovated, and offers a great menu with fresh fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. You can even tuck into a Craster Lobster, which are caught daily by the local fishermen. We recommend booking in advance, and please note that The Fishing Boat Inn is not dog-friendly.
Walks Around Boulmer
Boulmer to Craster
This moderate walk takes you North from Boulmer along the Northumerland coastal path, where you’ll pass the beautiful Sugar Sands and Cullernose Point. Heading back from Craster, take the inland route where you will pass Howick Hall and Gardens, before returning back to Boulmer. Click here for more information.
Boulmer to Howick
This 6 mile walk begins in Boulmer, along the coastal path and into the woods of Howick Estate. Follow the walk through the entrance to Howick Hall, before heading back along the coastal path back to Boulmer. We recommend making a stop to explore Howick Hall and Gardens, were you can stop for a cup of tea at The Early Grey Tea House whilst taking in the spectacular gardens. Discover more here.
Boulmer to Alnmouth
Starting at Boulmer, head south past Seaton Point and Marden Rocks, through to the popular village of Alnmoth. With a host of pubs, cafes and shops, you can spend a couple of hours hear before heading back to Boulmer via Lesbury and Longhoughton. This walk is of medium difficulty, and covers a total of 9.8 miles. Find out more here.
As Boulmer is such a small village, the closest convenience store is located one mile away in Longhouton. In Addition, you can find a selection of shops in Alnmouth, including a post office. Alnwick is located 6 miles from Boulmer and offers a selection of supermarkets including Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl and an M&S Food Hall. There is also a great choice of local bakeries and butchers in Alnwick, selling excellent produce.
Throughout history, Boulmer was well known for its smuggling activities. In fact, during the 18th and 19th century, the village was the smuggling capital of Northumberland. Smugglers and pirates would visit from the coast and Scotland to make deals on their loot. From salt and tobacco to spirits from far afield, lots were smuggled into the village, with the Fishing Boat Inn being the headquarters of the operation.
In World War 2, a base for the Royal Air Force was built and changed the history of the village. RAF Boulmer is still running today, with around 1,000 working from the base. The base works as a search and rescue base for the North East, as well as part of the UK’s homeland defense.