Northumberland Coast Path
The Northumberland Path offers some of the
finest coastal walking in Europe, it stretches for 103 km along the
Northumberland Coast AONB from Cresswell in the South to
Berwick-upon-Tweed in the North.
The Northumberland Coast Path is part of the
North Sea Trail which offers
over 5000km of coastal walking around the North Sea Basin. The
North Sea Trail website has interactive mapping
for all of the sections in all seven countries as well as hundreds
of articles relating to the natural and cultural heritage of the
areas through which the trail passes.
The route of the
Northumberland Coast Path will be closed between Warkworth and
Alnmouth from 23rd April 2014 for two months. A temporary
diversion will be in place for this time. You can
download a pdf of the map showing the diversion here.
Walking the Northumberland Coast Path
The Northumberland Coast path is 103km or 64
miles in length, if you choose to walk north,, it starts in
Cresswell at the Southern end of Druridge Bay and ends in
Berwick-upon-Tweed bear the Scottish Border.
The route mainly follows rights of way
(footpaths and bridleways) but in some places follows beaches,
minor roads, tracks and permissive paths.
The route is fairly level with very few steep
climbs and the surface is generally firm although some sections can
become muddy in winter or after heavy rain.
Most of the step over stiles along the route
have now been replaced with gates to improve accessibility.
A guidebook has been produced by the AONB
partnership to accompany your walk, it costs only £4 and can be ordered
A 'Coast Path' pin badge, based on the waymark
can be ordered here for only £2
Click on the 'AONB drop-down menu' to order
The guidebook breaks the trail up into six
sections which can be walked easily in a day, these are:
Cresswell to Warkworth
Warkworth to Craster
Craster to Seahouses
Seahouses to Belford
Belford to Fenwick
Fenwick to Berwick-upon-tweed
Follow this link for more information about public
Baggage transfer for the whole route can be arranged with
If you are planning to use accommodation along
the trail it is best to book early, especially for single night
stays in the peak season. Most of the towns and villages along the
path provide bed and breakfast or guest house accommodation. Larger
hotels can be found in Amble, Warkworth, Alnmouth, Embleton,
Seahouses, Bamburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed. Please note there is
currently no visitor accommodation in Cresswell, however the Plough
Inn at Ellington is only one mile way and has accommodation.
You can search online for accommodation at visitnorthumberland.com
Alternatively Berwick Tourist Information
Centre offer a book-a-bed-ahead service on 01289 330733.
Camping – If you are planning to camp, please
be aware that there are no campsites on the route south of
An alternative to booking accommodation along
the trail would be to have a central base and use the bus to get to
and from the trail. If you do this, we would reccomend Alnwick as
the best base.
The trail is very well waymarked and signed,
however we do advise that you use the guidebook and the relevant
Ordnance Survey map.
The OS maps that cover the trail are:
Explorer 325 – Morpeth and Blyth
Explorer 332 - Alnwick and Amble
Explorer 340 - Holy Island and Bamburgh
Explorer 346 – Berwick-upon-Tweed
There are four short circular trails along the
Northumberland Coast Path, these are at Belford, two at Craster and
at Druridge Bay.
Leaflets describing each of the four trails
available from here or from Tourist Information Centres
The Belford Trail is 10 miles
long and forms a figure of eight around the Coast Path, the route
takes in St Cuthbert’s Cave, Holborn Moss and
offers fine views of Holy Island, Budle Bay and the Farne
The trail to the north of Craster is classic
coastal walk, the 4 ½ mile route includes the dramatic
Dunstanburgh Castle and the quaint fishing village
The trail to the south of
Craster offers some of the most memorable coastal
walking within the AONB. The 5 mile route heads inland towards the
wooded grounds of Howick Hall the heads seawards to the bating
house and Cullernose point, which comes alive in spring and summer
with hundreds of breeding seabirds.
The trail at Druridge Bay is
an easy access route around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay County