The Northumberland Coast and Castles Walk is located on the east coast of north England. This walking holiday meanders from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Warkworth, along a 60-mile stretch of designated path. Berwick-upon-Tweed is the northernmost town in England, just 2.5 miles south of the Scottish border.
Stunning coastal scenery along Northumberland’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will leave you wanting for nothing. The walking route is clearly signed in both directions, and well maintained. More castles than you can shake a stick at, and apart from the occasional incline, the walk should really be described as mostly flat. There are plenty of places along the walk to rest and take photographs, both of scenery and fabulous wildlife.
The Walking Holiday Company are delighted to offer this walk as it has some of the most spectacular coastline in the country. With a wonderful mixture of sandy beaches and dramatic cliff tops, you will also love hunting out secluded coves along the trail. Ancient Castles are plentiful along this walking holiday route, fishing villages to discover, and the really hospitable and friendly Northumbrian folk are a delight.
Should you have a thing for castles, then here are some details that will have you booking this walking holiday today! Berwick is famous for its Town Walls. Standing strong, hundreds of years after they were built, there are two sets you can still see. The ramparts completely surround the town, and there are only four gates through the walls. Originally designed to keep out marauding Scotsmen, but nowadays completely free to wander round! Berwick-upon-Tweed is also famous for its swans. It homes the second largest colony of mute swans in the country. Up to 800 swans have been counted on the Tweed estuary.
Further along the Northumberland coast is Lindisfarne Castle. Built on Holy Island in the 1500’s on a volcanic mound. The views from this castle are simply breath taking, so remember your camera. Getting to the island does take some careful planning as tide times need to be considered. The Castle here is open between April and October (closed on Mondays). Gardeners will be delighted to visit the walled gardens planned by Gertrude Jekyll in the early 1900’s. Looked after by the National Trust, the Castle and gardens are well worth a visit.
Bamburgh Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country. Standing in some 9 acres of ground on a rocky outcrop. The Vikings destroyed the original fortification here back around 990AD. During the War of the Roses, it became the first castle to be defeated by artillery attack. Although this castle fell into disrepair, it has now been completely restored by the Armstrong family who still own it today.
Dunstanburgh Castle is another National Trust property. Well photographed and accessed through the small fishing village of Craster. Famous for its kippers, Craster is a delightful little village.
Warkworth Castle is an English Heritage Site, situated a mile or so inland. The village of Warkworth is well worth exploring. Feed the ducks, go for a drink at one of the Inns, or cafes.
Seals, dolphins and even whales have been spotted off this coastline. June and July are the best times for birdwatching, and wildflowers aplenty on the dune systems and grasslands.
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