The Northumberland Coast Path stretches 100 km from the golden sands at Cresswell in the south to the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north.
Designated as an area of natural beauty, the route passes spectacular coastal scenery, cliff-top view points and some of the country’s top beaches, which are usually clean and uncrowded.
Highlights along the way include the fishing harbour and marina at Amble, and never-ending sandy beaches near Alnmouth.
There are also quaint cottages at Craster, the rugged cliffs at Dustanburgh Castle, various coastal golf courses and holiday resorts as well as the Beadnell Bay Bird Sanctuary.
Other spots to look out for:
- Seahouses Harbour from where you can catch boat trips to the Farne Islands.
- Spectacular Bamburgh Castle, deserted Rock Sands Beach.
- Historic Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle and Priory.
- Stunning Cocklawburn Beach and popular Spittal Beach.
Apart from the official Northumberland Coast Path there are other stretches of beach and scenic coastline at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth in Tyne and Wear and continuing south as far as Sunderland and on towards the Durham Heritage Coast.
You are likely to see plenty of bird life and maybe an occasional seal while enjoying the fresh sea air.
The weather is frequently blustery and cold but quite often sunny. Hardy swimmers and surfers take to the chilly waters of the North Sea during the summer months when the more easily accessible beaches are popular with paddling families and sunbathers.
You can walk the entire length of the coast from the Scottish border down as far as South Shields and beyond, dividing the coast up into short day hikes where you can park the car and walk “there and back” or in a circular route.
This article first appeared on Thrifty Traveller.