Getting about on the Northumberland Coast without a car can be a
fun and interesting way to explore, you could walk, cycle or take
Travelling here by bus or by train can be a pleasure in it self,
the East Coast Main Line passes through the AONB and was recently
voted England’s most scenic rail route. The Coast and Castles
Connection Bus Service is a great way to get about and you helping
us to conserve and enhance this beautiful place.
Arriving by Train
The East Coast Main Line skirts the Northumberland Coast AONB
and there are mainline stations at Alnmouth
East Coast Trains from London,
Peterborough, Doncaster, York, Newcastle and Scotland call at both
Alnmouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed as do CrossCountry trains from
South West England, the Midlands and Scotland.
man in seat 61 provides useful train travel advice
Arriving by Coach or Bus
operate a twice-daily express service between London and Edinburgh
which calls at both Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed. The 591 is
daytime service and the 594 is an overnight service.
Arriva operate the
Coast and Castles Connection service which links Newcastle to
Berwick via Morpeth, Alnwick and the Coast.
Perrymans operate direct
services linking Berwick-upon-Tweed with Edinburgh
Arriving by Ferry
DFDS Ferries connect the North
of England at
Port of Tyne to Amsterdam (IJmuiden) in Holland.
To travel from Port of Tyne to the Northumberland Coast AONB
without a car, passengers should use the shuttle-bus service to
Newcastle and then use either the train or Arriva Coast and Castles
Connection X18/X15 services to get to the coast, Alnwick or
Getting around without a car
Despite being very rural, the Northumberland Coast AONB has an
excellent bus service to most of the villages and tourist
Pdf map of
bus routes in the AONB
To plan your journeys
around the AONB use Traveline
Explore by Bus page for great tickets and money-off deals
The principle bus route through the AONB is from Alnwick to
Berwick-upon-Tweed or Belford. This route serves Longhoughton,
Howick (418 only), Craster, Embleton, High Newton-by-the-Sea (X18
only), Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh.
This route is served by the
Arriva Coast and Castles Connection X18 (Newcastle to
Berwick-upon-Tweed or Belford) and the Travelsure 418
(Alnwick to Belford service) providing virtually an hourly service
in each direction during the summer.
The southern part of the AONB is also served by the
Arriva Coast and Castles Connection X18
(Newcastle-Berwick-upon-Tweed/Belford) service. This route connects
Morpeth with Alnwick via Amble, Warkworth, Alnmouth and Alnmouth
Railway Station with an hourly service.
The Travelsure 472
service connects Alnwick with Amble via Warkworth.
Amble is also connected to Ellington (for Cresswell and the start
of the coast path) and South East Northumberland (and on to
Newcastle) with the
Arriva 20/X20 service.
For faster journey times between Newcastle and Morpeth to the Coast
(Craster, Seahouses and Bamburgh etc) use the
Arriva X15 Newcastle-Morpeth-Alnwick-Berwick-upon-Tweed service
and change at Alnwick onto a connecting a X18.
Because the causeway to Holy Island is tidal, the timetable changes
virtually daily. Perrymans operate the
477 service between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Holy Island. Outside
of the tourist season this bus only operates on Wednesdays and
Saturdays. During summer and Easter school holidays there is a
twice-a-day Monday to Saturday service.
477 Holy Island Timetable
Connections at Berwick
Berwick has onward connections to;
Wooler via Ford & Etal, Millfield and Lowick
Eyemouth and St. Abbs (for the Berwickshire Coast Path)
Coldstream, Kelso, Melrose and Glalashiels (all
operated by Perrymans)
Cycling can be
one of the most rewarding ways to explore the Northumberland Coast
AONB, with miles of quiet country lanes, traffic free cycle routes
and bridleways, two wheels are better than four.
If you are after challenge,
route 1 of the National Cycle Network ‘The Coast and Castles’ cycle
route follows the length of the AONB en route from Newcastle to
Edinburgh, this is also part of the North Sea Cycle Route.
To help explore the AONB by bike, the AONB Partnership has
produced a map with 5 easy-to-follow routes. The guide uses
Ordnance Survey mapping and the five routes from Alnmouth,
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Belford and Seahouses can each be completed in
day. The Belford route also includes an interesting off-road loop
which offers tremendous views of the coast.
You can buy
a copy of the map for £2.50 from us here
A map and
guide to cycling in Northumberland is available to download form
There are bike hire shops in Amble, Alnwick and
cycling page for more information