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Heleen Bosch
Heleen Bosch

Top Reasons to Walk the Northumberland Coastal Path

Northumberland is hot! Deserted sandy beaches, dramatic views and historic castles capture the experience of walking the Northumberland Coastal Path, but there is so much more. Here are the top reasons why you should be walking this unspoilt coastal route this summer!

It is accessible

Northumberland is England’s northernmost county, right next to Scotland. The area is well connected by road, rail, air and sea with excellent transportation links. If you are arriving by car, you are lucky enough to travel on the most scenic routes with views to the rugged coast. Trains connect from London Kings Cross which is only just over three hours away.

It is a classic national trail

This is a classic point to point walking trip, where you stay in different seaside villages each night. The well-waymarked route follows the coast in most places, apart from the inland stretch between Belford and Holy Island. Although most of the walk is level, there are a few climbs involved but nothing too strenuous for a regular walker.

It is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Northumbrian Coast has been recognised by the experts as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is home to some wildlife that is rare to find and endangered. Thousands of ducks, geese and waders feed on the mudflats, and the Grey Seals are known to breed on the Farne Islands just off the Northumberland Coast.

It has the warmest hospitality

Northumbria is not only steeped in history (read more about this in our blog about the historical highlights of the Northumberland Coastal Path), but it is also known for its warm Northumbrian hospitality and its traditions. Such as the famous oak smoked kippers of which the Robson’s family is a great example. The family business specialises in the traditional method of smoking fish in Craster, where the kippers and salmon are still cured in the original smokehouses that are over 130 years old.

If walking the Northumberland Coastal Path sounds like the ideal trip to you, and you would like to experience it for yourself, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our experts. Choose from two different itineraries, a shorter 7-day trip or a longer 8-day option. The longer itinerary allows a stop in the harbour town of Seahouses, hopping off point to the Farne Islands, a famous bird sanctuary. Before you know it, you might be walking along some of the UK’s most quiet and untouched beaches.

If you would like to ask our team of specialists any questions about this fantastic national trail, please don't hesitate to contact one of our Destination Specialists, who will be more than happy to help and share their walking experiences!