Northumberland Coastal Path - 8 Days & 7 Nights8 Days & 7 Nights 4.4 Read 22 reviews
- Walking along sweeping sands and breathing in fresh sea air.
- Discovering ancient castles and ruins including Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh.
- Enjoying the local seafood specialities Craster kippers.
- A warm Nothumbrian welcome from your hosts.
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
Ideal if you have an interest in:
Historical Journeys, Coastal & Island, National Parks & Trails
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Activity Level & Terrain
This holiday is graded overall as moderate and is suitable for most regular walkers. The exact grade does depend on the itinerary you choose. Most of the time you will be walking on footpaths and bridleways but there are some sections where beaches and minor roads are used, with quite a lot of beach walking alternatives also available. It is generally level and does involve too much ascent and descent.
The Northumberland Coastal Path is very well way marked throughout and you should have no problems following the route by following the instructions in your guidebook carefully. There are some opportunities for walking on the beach rather than on the way-marked path and these are noted clearly in your guidebook.
One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. You will stay in carefully selected 3 or 4 star B&B’s, guesthouses, country pubs and small hotels. Your room will always have an en-suite or private bathroom. A delicious breakfast is always included.
If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.
- Hand picked bed and breakfast accommodation in en-suite rooms wherever possible.
- Door to door baggage transfer.
- A detailed info pack and guide book for the group leader.
- Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.
- Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk.
- Transfer from Ellington to Cresswell
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
- Travel Insurance.
- Personal Equipment.
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
- Additional nights before, during or after your walk.
When To Go
The Northumberland Coastal Path is available from April to September. Please try to avoid staying in Warkworth over the weekend as some accommodations will not take a one night stay.
Getting to the Start
Newcastle Airport is the closest airport to Ellington. From Newcastle you can catch a train to Widdrington (approx. 30mins) See: www.nationalrail.co.uk for details. Then from Widdrington you can catch a bus directly to Ellington which takes Approx. 5 mins.
It is possible to leave your car at the accommodation in Ellington for the duration of your walk.
Getting from the End
Your trip along the Northumberland Coast ends in Berwick-upon-Tweed. This seaside town is connected to the East Coast mainline and regular trains whisk you back to London (4h), Newcastle (45m), Manchester (3h30m) or Edinburgh (45m). For more information, tickets and timetables please visit National Rail UK.
Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.
Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
We offer a range of itineraries so you can choose your preferred daily distance so hopefully you will find an itinerary that suits your preferred level of activity. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the Northumberland Coastal Path is extremely popular especially in the summer months. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try our best to accommodate your plans.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved on to your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit you luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.
Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better. Although I believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.
If you do plan to visit Holy Island, we recommend you check the tidal chart for the day you pass the causeway over to Holy Island. If you plan to stay overnight, you should also check when it is safe to cross the following day. Check out the safe tide crossings here.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Ellington and overnight Ellington
There is no accommodation in Cresswell itself so your first night’s accommodation will be in the nearby town of Ellington. Ellington is a 45 minute bus journey from Newcastle which is easily reached via train (3hr from London or 2h 30 from Manchester). There is also an international airport in Newcastle.
Ellington is a small village on the coast of Northumberland close to the start of the walk.
The Plough Inn offers a warm welcome and has friendly staff. Refurbished by new owners, the traditional country pub isn't a typical tourist trap or sightseers spot. It's a local pub at the heart of the village community. All rooms have en-suite bathroom, Tea/coffee making facilities, television and fresh towels. The restaurant offers delicious dishes that combine the best of English pub food with touches of contemporary cuisine.
Premier Inn Hotel Ashington is just a stone's throw from the Coastal Route, top-notch beaches, and gorgeous gardens. This lovely Inn offers comfortable accommodation and all modern conveniences you might need for the overnight stay.
You will be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome at The Captain’s lodge. The tasteful décor is enhanced by many of its original features, with an open fire being lit in the colder evenings. In the summer you can enjoy the views from a sun-lit patio, with steps leading down to the promenade. All rooms are comfortable and have TV and free wireless Internet access, tea and coffee making facilities, and a hairdryer.
Start off by following the sweeping sands of Druridge Bay, with the sound of the surf accompanying you, to the small fishing port of Amble. You may also spot some of the abundant birdlife, with the area being home to several nature reserves. From Amble it is just a short walk to the ancient village of Warkworth and its grand castle.
Warkworth has a long history as an ancient fortified village, originally held by the Anglo-Saxons. Today it is a great place to stop with plenty of interesting craft shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.
Please note that Ellington is just 30 minutes walk from the start of the path in Cresswell and you will walk straight from there if booked into The Plough Inn. If you are booked into accommodation in Ashington or Newbiggin-by-the-Sea you will need to take a short taxi (15 minutes) to Cresswell, which should be paid for locally.
This 5-star boutique bed and breakfast rooms opened in May 2017. All rooms have been decorated and furnished to a very high standard with Voyage Maison wall art and fabrics and Barker and Stonehouse furniture. You will enjoy a warm welcome along with a hearty breakfast which is served downstairs in the café.
Warkworth Old Post Office, now a grade II listed building, is constructed from stone, reportedly pilfered from the nearby castle hundreds of years ago! They provide quality, comfortable accommodation and offer a few little luxuries, including Egyptian cotton sheets, duvet covers and towels; goose feather duvets and real coffee and fresh milk.
In the heart of the village of Warkworth, this 18th-century coaching inn offers comfortable accommodation with a range of rooms, each with a digital flat-screen TV and an en suite bathroom. Some also have luxurious toiletries.
Today’s walk is all about pretty Northumbrian fishing villages. Arrive first in the picturesque Alnmouth and another great spot for wildlife enthusiasts at the Aln Estuary. From here, head towards the old smuggling town of Boulmer. Enjoy taking in the delightful seaside smells - catch here includes crab, lobsters and sea salmon. Finally, you will arrive in Craster where you can quench your appetite and sample some of the delicious local cuisine, Craster kippers.
Craster is a small village with an attractive harbour. From here there are stunning views towards the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.
The Cottage Inn provides B&B accommodation just outside the pretty village of Craster. All bedrooms have been renovated to a comfortable standard, room are en-suite with flat screen TV’s, garden views, complimentary bathroom products, hairdryers and complementary beverage tray. During your stay you will be able to sample some of Northumberland’s best foods and ales, they are committed to using local produce where possible. They pride themselves on their cask conditioned ales and always have a good selection from the local micro-breweries.
This is a lovely B&B set in its own grounds surrounded by fields and woods near Craster. Rooms are comfortably furnished and have all the amenities you require for a great overnight stay. They have a seating area exclusively for guests and free Wi-Fi.
The Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel is in the heart of Embleton, a picturesque village on the Northumberland coast, set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. All rooms are en-suite with flat screen TV’s, hair dryers and complimentary hot drinks tray. They use only the best of local seasonal produce, sourced almost exclusively from small local suppliers. Their commitment to fresh and ethically produced food has earned them awards from Taste of Northumberland and Alnwick Food Festival.
Not long after leaving today, you will marvel at the ancient ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle which you can see from Craster. Following this, some delightful walking alongside the sandy bays of Beadnell and Embleton will bring you to Seahouses.
Seahouses is a bustling harbour town, most famous as the hopping off point for the fascinating Farne Islands. The Farne Islands are the most famous bird sanctuary in the British Isles and are home to an abundance of wildlife including puffins, guillemot, and grey seals.If you have time, it is definitely worth adding an extra day in Seahouses in order to visit the Islands.
Situated above the old lime kilns by the harbour in the popular coastal resort Seahouses is The Bamburgh Castle Inn, a friendly Northumberland inn with 30 en suite bedrooms. You will be assured of a warm welcome at this seaside location on the stunning North East coast. Add great food with lots of local flavours, real ales, wraparound views, beer garden and excellent accommodation and you'll discover there's simply no better place to eat, drink, stay and relax on the Northumberland coastline.
Springwood House offers luxury spacious rooms as well as a cosy lounge, and beautiful sea views.
Set on the seafront of Seahouses with unrivalled, magnificent panoramic views of the Farne Islands to the East and sweeping views of the rugged coastline and the castles of Bamburgh and Lindisfarne to the North. All rooms have great views and are individually decorated with lots of character and all the amenities you require for a great overnight stay.
Today’s walk will start to take you inland for a short while to discover the historic villages of Bamburgh and Belford. Bamburgh Castle is a magnificent sight, sitting high on an outcrop over the beach. The scenery starts to change after leaving Bamburgh, as you walk through fields instead of along the coast before arriving at Belford.
Belford is a pretty little village and features include an original 18th century coaching inn.
Market Cross Guest House is 200 years old and formerly part of a coaching house where Steve and Amanda offer you luxury accommodation and excellent food. Each room has its own en-suite shower room or bathroom all with soft fresh bath sheets, bathrobes and complimentary toiletries including local handmade soaps from Ginger Duck. They also all have a Nespresso coffee machine, kettle and a full hospitality tray with a selection of teas, other drinks and homemade treats. DAB radio alarm clocks with iPod dock, LCD TVs with Freeview, iron/ironing board, hairdryer. Mini fridges are available. If you’re not relaxed enough already, on the landing between the bedrooms is a console table where you can help yourself to a glass of sherry or Lindesfarne Mead.
The Old Vicarage was built in 1690 and has been lovingly restored. The rooms have been furnished with antiques and bric a brac collected over the years, there is a TV in the rooms, radio, toiletries, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities, the guest lounge has beamed ceilings, wood burning stove, flat screen TV and lots of comfy sofa’s. You can enjoy a hearty breakfast served in their dining room which dates back 300 years.
Once an elegant coaching inn this charming hotel is set in fine gardens at the heart of Northumberland’s scenic countryside. All 28 rooms are on-suite and reflect the historic character of the hotel whilst providing all the modern conveniences you would expect, all rooms are decorated to a high standard and well equipped to suit everyone’s needs with some offering a view of the garden. The Garden Restaurant provides the perfect atmosphere whilst savouring award winning dishes created by a head chef whose reputation for using locally produced food is more than evident in the seasonal highly acclaimed menu you can enjoy the views of the garden and beyond. There is a large selection of wines available to accompany and compliment the exemplary menu. For those looking for a more casual dining experience, the Belford Tavern offers the traditional ambience of the English country pub together with top quality dishes and a bar well stocked with a range of ales, malts, vintage ports and brandies.
Some further inland walking through farmland and woodland today, rewarded with some stunning views towards Holy Island from Kyloe Ridge. You will also follow the historical St Cuthbert’s Way for part of today. We highly recommend taking the short side trip to see the fascinating St Cuthbert’s Cave, where the body of St Cuthbert was reputedly taken when the monks had to flee to safety from Lindisfarne when the Vikings raided.
Fenwick is a fairly small town with limited facilities but your B&B will run you to the pub for dinner.
The 21 modern, lodge-style en-suite rooms located in the inn's former stable block alongside the main building. All are double glazed with central heating and have colour TVs and a well-stocked tea and coffee tray. Following a restful night you will surely enjoy the full Northumberland breakfast. Wi-Fi is accessible in the main bar. A perfect place to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings after a day’s walking!
Situated at Aidanfield, a detached house on the edge of the village, and set in its own private grounds with spectacular views of the coastline, Holy Island and rolling countryside.
Fenham Farm is located within the Northumberland Coast AONB, on the edge of the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve – a truly idyllic base from which to explore the local area which is renowned for its heritage, wildlife and dramatic stretches of coastline. Fenham Farm, owned by your hosts Walter & Gill Curry, first opened its gates to guests in 2010 after converting some of the original farm steading but still also operates as an agricultural business.
Your final day’s walking will take you past the causeway over to Holy Island before following cliff top paths with dramatic views to the historic Berwick-upon-Tweed. If you have time (and the safe crossing times permit) you may even wish to visit Holy Island. Safe crossing times can be checked here.
Berwick-upon-Tweed has a fascinating history, with hands changed between Scotland and England for centuries. Enjoy taking in some of the many interesting architectural features such as its old defence ramparts or ancient town walls. Berwick also has a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafes making it the perfect place to celebrate the end of your walk.
Alannah House is a beautiful family run bed and breakfast in the centre of the historic walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. At Alannah House you are ensured of a warm, friendly welcome and an enjoyable and comfortable stay. Accommodation is of a high standard, receiving an English Tourist Board rating of 4 stars (silver award).
The Queen's Head Hotel is set in the old historic market town Berwick-Upon-Tweed. The six bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with matching fabrics, the beds are individually pocket sprung and have down duvets so you can enjoy a restful night's sleep. You will also find fresh fruit and jelly beans in each room along with complementary toiletries, plush cotton towels and hypo-allergenic pillows. The restaurant over looks Sandgate and is a lively yet elegant place for a leisurely meal. The flavour of the food reflects all that is good about local authentic fresh food.
You are assured a very warm welcome from Liz and Graham at the Tweed View House. The rooms have free WiFi, flat screen televisions, a fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, fresh milk, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, information pack & much more.
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