Located in the north of England, on the beautiful Northumbrian Coast, is the Northumberland Coast and Castles Walk. Starting in Warkworth, this 60-mile fabulous trail, stretches up as far as Berwick-upon-Tweed. It is one of the latest long-distance walking holidays to be added by Great British Walks.
Walking is the very best way to see the Northumberland Coast Path in all its glory. This well signed path is a must for historians and nature lovers alike. Wide skies, glorious views and dramatic history will make each day more than ‘just a walk’. Discover Castles, golden beaches and varied wildlife. Walking on the Northumberland Coast, best known for its Castles and wide sweeping beaches, will leave you exhilarated. High sand dunes, punctuated by whinstone outcrops, along the coastal route. The striking landscape is steeped in history covering some 7000 years of human activity. There are two National Nature Reserves and a host of conservation sites.
The Northumberland Coast Path follows the beautiful coastline along sandy beaches, rocky headlands, dramatic Castles, and through pretty little coastal villages. With the occasional inland detour between Belford and the Holy Island the rest of the walk is right by the sea. The route is generally level, with very few steep climbs. Thankfully, most stiles have now been replaced with gates. Although some sections can be occasionally muddy, in general the path and walking surfaces are in good repair and fine to walk on. Great British Walks have itineraries between 4 and 9 days for the whole path. We also have some short break options. You can check out our north to south options here.
Warkworth is dominated by the magnificent Warkworth Castle at one end, and the 100ft spire of St Lawrence at the other. Shakespeare buffs will know that Warkworth Castle features in Henry lV. The curious cave like chapel of Warkworth Hermitage is accessible only by boat. Once the home of monks, but today you are more likely to see seals or otters! Craster is famed for being the home of the kipper. A smoked fish reputedly loved by the Royal family. From Craster you can go bird spotting in the Arnold Memorial Nature Reserve, owned by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust. Here you can hopefully catch a glimpse of rarities such as the wryneck and the red breasted flycatcher! Seahouses is a colourful bustling harbour, with an Aladdin’s’ Cave of seaside shops. Boat trips to the Farne Islands are available from Seahouses, where thousands of seabirds vie for space in the breeding season. Belford is a former coaching town. From here set out on a walk to St Cuthbert’s Cave, which is a few miles outside town. Lindisfarne monks reputedly brought the body of St Cuthbert here in AD875 following the Viking raids on Holy Island.
Berwick-upon-Tweed sits a few miles south of the Scottish border at the most northerly tip of Northumberland. This peaceful town had a turbulent past, fought over some 13 times before finally falling into the hands of the English in 1482. Berwick’s great Elizabethan Walls were built to keep the invading Scots out. Walk around the Walls and view the River Tweed and the iconic Royal Border Bridge, built by Robert Stevenson.
Great British Walks also offers The Hadrians Wall Path in the north of England.
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