Solo Walking Holiday of the Week - The Northumberland Coast Path
The Solo Walking Holiday of the week series has been written to put a spotlight on some of the lesser walked long distance trails throughout the UK. Our hope is that by doing this BookMyTrail starts to shift towards being a sustainable supplier of walking holidays.
This week, we are looking at the Northumberland Coast Path which stretches from Cresswell to Berwick Upon Tweed, following the Northumberland AONB coastline.
The Elevator Pitch
Enjoy 62 miles of spectacular walking along the Northumberland coastline. Explore castles, hamlets and fishing villages along the way, Relax and restore while walking along many of the long endless beaches which make up this stunning coastline.
Honestly it’s hard to weigh up between the stunning beaches, castles, villages or the Holy island. This is such a beautiful and unspoiled part of England, which has so much to offer, especially if your a solo or enexperienced walker as there is little to go wrong, the elevation is forgiving and theres pleanty of places to stop each day.
Take the stunning Lindisfarne Castle for example, built in 1550 which sits at the highest point of the Holy Island, which itself is only accessible in low tide.
The path starts in Creswell, although due to a limited number of accommodations its often necessary to start in Warkworth, a days walk ahead, and get transport to Creswell before walking back to your accommodation. From Warkworth the route can be broken into shorter, or longer sections, continuing to Alnmouth or Craster, depending on how quickly you want to take on the route. From there, continue up the coastline, past Dunstanburgh Castle. From the Castle continue to Newton by the Sea, and on towards the designated stretch of AONB coastline before reaching the village of Benthall, and Beadnell, abundant with excellent places to stay. Next, continue towards the popular tourist town of Seahouses.
Your final few days will likely be the highlight, as you pass Bamburgh, and its castle which overlooks the village, and shoreline. The route then diverts inland before you meet with the sea and the Holy Island, finally finishing at Berwick-on-Tweed.
Where to stay
For the most part, there’s an abundance of accommodation along the Northumerland Coast Path. A few areas, particuarly the start of the route are lacking in accommodation, but transfers and public transport can make up for this shortcoming.
Try to Joiners Arms in Newton-by-the-Sea for excellent gastro pub food and stylish accommodation.
For something a bit different theres Pot-a-Doodle-do Wigwams in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Be aware that some accommodations may only take 2 night stays. However this gives you an excellent excuse to settle in somewhere and even take a rest day.
How to get there
Two buses, X18 MAX towards Alnwick and then 1 towards Byth be used to get to the start in Cresswell from Newcastle. At the end of the route in Berwick Upon Tweed you can travel back to the start in Newcastle using the Transpennine Express.