Walking in the AONB


The Northumberland Coast AONB is often best appreciated on foot, the fantastic network of footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes make it easy to find peace and tranquillity. There is a continuous coastal footpath ‘The Northumberland Coast Path’, part of the North Sea Trail, which stretches from Cresswell in the south to Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north. Click here for more information about the Coast Path.

signpost (c) Gavin Duthie/Northumberland Coast AONB

There are other long-distance routes that pass through the AONB:


St. Cuthbert’s Way is a 60 mile (100km) route from Melrose in the Scottish Border to Holy Island. Opened in 1996 and recently voted ‘Britain’s most romantic long-distance trail’, St Cuthbert’s Way visits a number of places associated with St Cuthbert’s Life and in the right conditions, the walk across the pilgrims way, over the sands to Holy Island makes for a tremendous finale. A Guidebook is available.


St. Oswald’s Way is a 97 mile (156km) trail linking places associated with the story of St. Oswald, the early 7th Century Northumbrian king. Starting at Holy Island, it follows the Northumberland Coast Path south, to Warkworth, then continues along the River Coquet to Rothbury before crossing the Simonside Hills through Harwood Forest and onto Hadrian’s Wall and Heavenfield Churchyard. A guidebook and circular trail leaflets are available.

Waliking on Warkworth Beach (c) Gavin Duthie/Northumberland Coast AONB

Just outside the AONB, the Berwickshire Coast Path starts in Berwick-upon-Tweed and heads north, over the Scottish border to Eyemouth and onto St. Abbs. This stunningly beautiful 14 mile walk makes a pleasant addition to the Northumberland Coast Path.

Scottish Borders Council has produced a leaflet for this trail.

There are numerous other publications and maps available to guide you through the AONB, we have listed a selection below, as well as the Ordnance Survey maps that cover the AONB.

Alnmouth on foot


Alnmouth Parish Council produced a guidebook of eleven walks around the picturesque village of Alnmouth. It is available from Tourist Information Centres.

walking at Alnmouth (c) Gavin Duthie/Northumberland Coast AONB

Embleton Heritage Trails


A guidebook of six walking trails around the Parish of Embleton is available from local outlets.


Short Walks around St. Oswald’s Way


The St Oswald’s Way project has produced a guidebook and map packs of short and easy access routes radiating from St. Oswald’s Way.


The Ordnance Survey Maps which cover the AONB are:

maps (c) Tom Cadlwallender

1:25 000 Explorer Series


Sheet 332 Alnwick and Amble

Sheet 340 Holy Island and Bamburgh

Sheet 346 Berwick-upon-Tweed


1:50 000 Landranger Series


Sheet 75 Berwick-upon-Tweed

Sheet 81 Alnwick and Morpeth


When walking in the AONB please follow the Countryside Code

Useful information about Public Rights of Way can be found on Northumberland County Council’s Website

Several companies offer guided and self guided walking days and holidays on the Northumberland Coast; visit Outdoors Northumberland




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