Amble is a small town in Northumberland and lies at the mouth of the River Coquet. The nearby Coquet Island is visible from its beaches and harbour and it is close to Cresswell, Druridge and Hauxley nature reserves. It is a small working fishing port and is known for its award-winning marina built on the site of the former staithes.
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