Northumberland Coast Path


62 miles Easy

The Northumberland Coast Path is a beautiful walk that starts in Creswell and finishes in Berwick-upon-Tweed. It is 62 miles long. It also forms part of the North Sea Trail which is an international project involving seven countries around the North Sea. Evidence of human activity along the coastline dates back 7000 years. There are numerous spectacular castles, including Warkworth (home of Henry Percy, nicknamed Hotspur and made famous by Shakespeare), Dunstanburgh, and Bamburgh (once capital of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria).

The terrain is relatively easy. For much of its length, the Path is more-or-less flat with very few steep climbs. The walking surfaces are good. As you might expect, certain stretches of the Path go along the beach. The route is well signposted with the Coast Path symbol. It follows the coast for most of the way, apart from an inland detour between Bamburgh and Beal.

Itinerary

  • Day 1    Cresswell to Warkworth – 10 miles
  • Day 2   Warkworth to Craster – 13 miles
  • Day 3   Craster to Seahouses – 10 miles
  • Day 4   Seahouses to Belford – 11 miles
  • Day 5   Belford to Beal Causeway – 8 miles
  • Day 6   Beal Causeway to Berwick-upon-Tweed – 10 miles

The most popular direction to do this walk is from South to North, but if you would prefer to go from North to South then this can be easily arranged. Both ends of the walk are near mainline train stations in Morpeth (about 9 miles from Cresswell) and Berwick-upon-Tweed

Price

The price for a holiday walking the Northumberland Coast Path is £495 per person (based upon 2 people sharing). This includes:

  • Personalised itinerary for walking the Northumberland Coastal Path on a self-guided basis over 6 days
  • 7 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation on a double or twin room basis (this includes B&B for the night before you start and the day you finish)
  • Taxis for drop-off/pick-up where the B&B is not within easy walking distance of the Path
  • Baggage transfer for one bag per person between each night’s B&B
  • Advice on travel arrangements to and from the start and finish points
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer maps which can be downloaded onto the OS App
  • Harvey Waterproof Map for the Northumberland Coastal Path
  • Standalone Safe Seat Plan Guarantee for each person issued by the Travel Trust Association
  • Kit checklist – covering boots & socks, clothes & waterproofs, and other useful kit
  • Helpline – you can call us at any time

If you are a solo traveller, then the price is £645. This is because most B&Bs do not have single rooms and so will charge almost as much for one person as for two.

Key Information:

  • Time of Year: this walk can be done at any time of year, although if you choose to go between November and March then you will have to contend with winter weather conditions and shorter daylight hours. Therefore, we would suggest that the best time to go is between April and October.
  • Terrain: The terrain is relatively easy. For much of its length, the path is more-or-less flat with very few steep climbs. The walking surfaces are good. As you might expect, certain stretches of the path go along the beach.
  • Waymarking: The route is well signposted with the Coast Path symbol. It follows the coast for most of the way, apart from an inland detour between Bamburgh and Beal.
  • Bed & Breakfast: We always aim to book good quality B&B accommodation as near as possible to the path. Despite the fact that the Coast Path is a popular long-distance walk, there are not a huge number of B&Bs actually on the Path itself or within easy walking distance. This means that sometimes the only option is to book B&Bs that are away from the Path and arrange pick-up/drop-offs by taxi.
  • Refreshments: Compared with some other routes, this walk is actually quite good for places en route where you can get a cup of coffee (and maybe even a bacon butty or cake!) while not having to deviate from the path. Whether these will be open depends upon the time of year, day of week and time you happen to be passing.

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