Northumberland Coast Path is a designated path that runs the entire stretch of Northumberland's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Coast Path is split into 6 manageable walks, all of which can be walked in a day. The route is clearly signposted and well maintained, it is mostly flat, with occasional inclines and plenty of places to stop for a rest and a bite to eat along each stage. The County Council have recently been working to replace most of the step over stiles with gates in order to improve accessibility.
Northumberland's coastline is simply stunning. There is no other word for it, the Coast Path offers some of the most spectacular coastal walking in Europe, and in my opinion, the world. You will find a wonderful mixture of sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, secluded coves, ancient castles, fishing villages and an amazing variety of wildlife. You'll also find the Northumbrian people you will meet along the way to be friendly and hospitable, something we are famous for.
I have created interactive maps for each of the six stages for you to explore. Each one has photos and places of interest marked, along with recommended stop off points for refreshments. There is also a Guide Book created by the County Council to accompany a walk along the Coast Path and can be ordered on their website.
Select a stage below to start exploring the Northumberland Coast Path:
Each stage shows off a different and interesting aspect of the Northumberland Coast and each has it's own merits. However, my personal favourites are stages two, three and four. I feel they have the widest variety of natural beauty, wildlife and of course you can't forget Northumberland's stunning Castles that you'll encounter along the way.
There are also a large number of other circular coastal walking routes that start at various points along our coastline including Alnmouth, Craster, Low Newton, Bamburgh and Holy Island. I will be adding more information about these routes shortly.