Northumberland Coast Path offers a wonderful walking experience far from the crowds along one of Britain’s finest coastal stretches.
Northumberland, also called Northumbria is often referred to as ‘The Best Kept Secret’ in England. Its oft-overlooked stretch of coastline has some of the country’s best beaches, dramatic castles on rocky outcrops and quiet picturesque old coastal villages hardly changed by time.
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 path meanders past golden sand dunes systems, sea bird colonies (particularly offshore on the Farne Islands – a worthwhile detour), nature reserves and stunning cliff scenery.
You also come across the formidable masses of ancient castles at Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh, a romantic ruin jutting out into the crashing waves, through attractive old coastal villages of Alnmouth, Boulmer and Seahouses, and the unspoilt old harbours at St Abbs and Craster – be sure not to miss a smoked kipper supper in Craster. Much of the area is unpopulated, tranquil, with mile-after-mile of clean and safe award-winning golden sandy beaches, quiet country lanes and an unequalled sense of freedom.
The Coast Path finishes at Berwick-upon-Tweed, which with its magnificent town walls, spectacular riverside and bridges at the mouth of the River Tweed, is one of the most picturesque towns on the region’s coast, and well worth spending an extra day at the end of your walk.
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