Northumberland Coast Path

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Heading along the county's stunning coastline, the 62 mile/100km long Northumberland Coast Path offers some of the best coastal walking in the UK.

Running from Creswell to the south of the county, all the way up to Berwick-upon-Tweed near the Scottish border, the path offers beautiful sandy beaches, a vast array of wildlife, rare birds, and a glimpse of holy islands. The ruins of World War II defences line the route, and lovers of castles need not worry as you're never too far from one of them either.

I walked the Northumberland Coast Path over five days in 2021.

Northumberland Coast Path – Introduction

Published 17 October 2021

Two people, one plan to go walking over five days. But which walk to do? Well why not the stunning Northumberland Coast?

Northumberland Coast Path Day 1 (Part 1) – Cresswell to Druridge

Published 24 October 2021

To the start and beyond, for beautiful beaches, a ruined hospital, and a rather tasty ice cream. What a start to the Northumberland Coast Path.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 1 (Part 2) – Druridge to Amble

Published 7 November 2021

A visitor centre with no leaflets, it’s the wrong bed, and an unfortunate slippage. Day one on the Northumberland Coast Path continues.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 2 (Part 1): Amble to Alnmouth

Published 14 November 2021

A long day of walking starts off with a gentle stroll by castles, dunes and estuaries.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 2 (Part 2): Alnmouth to Embleton

Published 21 November 2021

Spooky goings on in the fog as we pass castles and kippers.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 3 (Part 1) – Embleton to Seahouses

Published 5 December 2021

Castles, picturesque villages, lots of seabirds, and a good soaking on the way to Seahouses.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 3 (Part 2) – Seahouses to Bamburgh

Published 12 December 2021

After a morning of rain, the weather was looking up for castles, grass, wildlife and a car park.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 4 (Part 1) – Bamburgh to Belford

Published 9 January 2022

Lighthouses, a mysterious tower, and the crossing of the East Coast Mainline as the trail heads inland.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 4 (Part 2) – Belford to Fenham

Published 16 January 2022

It’s a wet afternoon walking through the trees. A cave is missed. Still, at least there was a cupcake waiting at the end.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 5 (Part 1) – Fenham to Redshin Cove

Published 6 February 2022

The final day kicks off with another railway crossing, the holiest of islands, and a round of golf.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 5 (Part 2) – Redshin Cove to Berwick-upon-Tweed

Published 13 February 2022

After a spot of lunch, it’s time to visit a seaside resort, admire some bridges, and rest at some anchors.

Planning your Northumberland Coast Path walk

Published 27 February 2022

From Cresswell to Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Northumberland Coast Path takes you across some stunning coastal scenery.

Northumberland Coast Path - the trail highlights

Coquet Island

Published 31 October 2021

Because photos of coastal walks looking out to sea tend to look more interesting if there is an island and a lighthouse in them.

A bird of the Northumberland coast

Published 28 November 2021

Thought provoking public art on the Northumberland Coast Path

A Northumblerland castle by the sea

Published 23 January 2022

We haven’t needed to worry about invasion in this country for some time now. Now castles remain only to provide a bit of history. And to look nice as well.

Lindesfarne from afar

Published 20 February 2022

I didn’t make it there. Looking at it from across the water was the best I was able to do.

Northumberland Coast Path Gallery

Published 27 February 2022

From Cresswell to Berwick-upon-Tweed, this is the Northumberland Coast Path in photographic form.

Also about Northumberland Coast Path

The Northumberland Coast Path Passport – an experience with trying to use it

Published 13 March 2022

As you pass through towns and villages, get a stamp on your passport. Well, that’s the idea.

Use Hand Sanitizer

Published 19 September 2021

If there was ever a sight that sums up the age we’re living in, it’s a sign on a gatepost next to a path imploring you to clean your hands.