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Alnmouth Harbour.

Alnmouth was once a busy port in the estuary of the River Aln, but nowadays the harbour is an anchorage for small pleasure craft and fishing boats.

In the 18th century some shipbuilding took place on the river. Grain and other cargo was shipped between Alnmouth and London - a new road was built to Alnmouth to serve this trade.

In 1806 there was a huge storm on the Northumberland Coast which altered the course of the River Aln to that which it takes today. The new course was much shallower and became difficult for ships to use, so the port declined after that. The old course of the river can still be seen around the back of Church Hill, which is now a creek that fills at high tides.

Today Alnmouth is a very popular destination for tourists and locals with it's fine beach and golf course.

Alnmouth Harbour - River Aln Estuary.

View from "Church Hill"

 

Alnmouth Harbour - River Aln Estuary.

View along the river wall.

 

The east Coast main railway line passes nearby.

The east Coast main railway line passes nearby.

 

Boats on the banks of the River Aln.

Boats on the banks of the River Aln.

 

Alnmouth Harbour - River Aln Estuary.

Alnmouth Harbour - River Aln Estuary.


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