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Northumberland Coast Path - Highlights

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Day 1 Arrive into Alnmouth - Overnight stay
Day 2 Druridge Country Park to Alnmouth - 11 miles (18 kilometres)
Day 3 Alnmouth to Embleton - 11 miles (18 kilometres)
Day 4 Embleton to Bamburgh - 12 miles (19 kilometres)
  • Grade: Grade 2
  • Total Distance - 34 miles
  • Self Guided
  • Place to Place
  • Maps provided
  • 3 Nights B&B - Twin Room Basis
  • Available to solo walkers
  • Trip dog friendly
  • Emergency support
  • Loan of GPS for holiday
  • Baggage transfers
  • transfer day 2
  • transfer back to start for car collection, if required

Holiday Options

  • Single room supplement - £120.00
  • Take your dog - £30.00
  • Take a bag for a dog - £18.00
  • Pick up from train (Alnmouth) - £15.00
  • Pick up from airport (Newcastle) - £60.00
  • Solo Walker supplement - £215 (price includes single room supplement) please call to book
  • GPS rental - £25.00

Northumberland Coast Path - Highlights

The Northumberland coast is best known for its sweeping sandy beaches, rolling dunes, high rocky cliffs and isolated islands. The special qualities of this coastal landscape led it to being designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1958 recognising that the Northumberland coast is one of the finest landscapes in the country.

The Northumberland Coast AONB offers some of the finest coastal walking in the country. Sandy beaches, rocky headlands, dramatic castles and attractive coastal villages make this constantly changing landscape a pleasure to explore.

The Northumberland Coast Path is part of the North Sea Trail and offers 64 miles of fine coastal walking from Cresswell in the south to Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north. The route hugs the coast from Cresswell as far as Bamburgh before heading inland to Belford and the beautiful Kyloe Hills which offer unprecedented panoramic views of the Northumberland coast. From here the route joins St Cuthbert's Way and returns to the coast at Holy Island before continuing to Berwick.

The route for this trip starts at Druridge Bay Country Park and ends at Bamburgh and is generally level with very few steep climbs and is clearly signposted from roads and way-marked throughout. Most stiles have been replaced with gates and the walking surfaces are generally good, although some sections of the path can become muddy during wet weather. There are many opportunities to walk on the beach rather than on the way-marked trail if preferred and as it passes through a number of golf courses, watch out for low flying golf balls.

Accommodation is in well appointed bed and breakfasts, inns and small family run hotels. Mouthwatering traditional breakfasts are provided and evening meals can be taken in restaurants or pubs close to the accommodation. We book all your accommodation, take you to the start point, transfer your luggage and then provide you with maps and an itinerary for you to do the trails unguided at your own pace.

Self-guided Walking Holiday along the highlights of the Northumberland Coast Path from Alnmouth to Bamburgh over 4 days giving you plenty of time to explore some of the sights on route.


Day 1 - Arrive Alnmouth
Day 2 - Druridge Bay to Alnmouth - 11 miles (18 km)
Day 3 - Alnmouth to Embleton - 11 miles (18 km)
Day 4 - Embleton to Bamburgh - 12 miles (19 km)

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Day 1 Arrive into Alnmouth - Overnight stay

Your arrival day into the region, ready for your holiday!

Arrive for your first evenings stay at Alnmouth.

Arrive by train and your hotel is a short taxi ride away from Alnmouth Station.

Arrive by car and there is limited on street parking available.

The choice is yours! 

Day 2 Druridge Country Park to Alnmouth - 11 miles (18 kilometres)

This morning after a hearty Northumbrian breakfast, you will be transferred to Druridge Country Park to start your first days walking. This is a lovely section of the walk which follows miles of sandy beach from Druridge Bay to the fishing port of Amble, then skirts the Coquet Estuary to the ancient village of Warkworth before finally returning you to the pretty fishing village of Alnmouth.

Alnmouth was once Northumberland's major port and many of the hotels and guesthouses that we see today, were once vast wheat silos. The Aln Estuary provides an important habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife, and the golf course established in 1869is believed to be the fourth oldest golf course in England.

Day 3 Alnmouth to Embleton - 11 miles (18 kilometres)

You walk directly from your accommodation today and rejoin the coastal path. The coastline along here is quite simply breathtaking, so you need to make sure you leave yourself plenty of time for photographs! The route takes you through the small fishing village of Boulmer which is one of the few true fishing villages left in Northumberland. It was the haunt of smugglers during the 18th and early 19th centuries and smugglers came from all our Northumberland and the Scottish borders to deal in illicit goods. Now Boulmer is best known for its RAF base providing Search and Rescue and Mountain Rescue cover for northern England and southern Scotland.

Continuing on past Sugar Sands and the dramatic rocky outcrop of Whin Sill at Cullernose Point you arrive at the bustling fishing village of Craster, famous for its smoke houses where herrings are smoked to produce Craster kippers, a renowned Northumbrian export. Leaving Craster behind you head towards the mightly sillouhette of the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle which was built at a time of political upheaval and Anglo-Scottish conflict.

You then head towards the sweeping sands of Embleton bay which you leave behind you as you head through the dunes to the little village of Embleton.

You will spend this evening in the Embleton area.


Day 4 Embleton to Bamburgh - 12 miles (19 kilometres)

 Passing the sweeping white sands of Low-Newton-by-the-Sea you head towards the great expanse of beach Beadnell bay with its distinctive 17th century limekilns marking the entrance to the village. Beadnell has the only west facing harbour on the east coast of England - not a lot of people know that! Once a haunt of smugglers, in 1762 customs officers at Beadnell seized 2,700 gallons of brandy, over 1,000 gallons of wine, and 400 gallons of rum and gin from Scottish smugglers.

After a short spell walking inland you rejoin the cliff top coastal path just south of Seahouses where you are once again treated to spectacular sea views over the water towards the Farne Islands. The Farnes are a haven for seabirds and seals and is also home to Longstone lighthouse where Grace Darling lived with her father and her courageous rescue of nine sailors from the wreck of the Forfarshire in 1838 has become one of Northumberland's most famous historical episodes.

Seahouses is the largest village on this section of the Northumberland Coast Path and has a good range of shops, pubs and cafes as well as the famous fish and chip restaurants. There has been a harbour here since 1318 although the fishing boats are now outnumbered by tour boats taking visitors to the Farne Islands.

There then follows a wonderful alternative beach walk all the way to Bamburgh where the impressive castle dominates the landscape as it sits high on a basalt outcrop. Bamburgh was founded in 547 by King Ida and was once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria.

You will then be transferred to your car in Alnmouth or Alnmouth train station. 

Or if you chose to add an extra night to your holiday, you will spend the night in the  Bamburgh region and we will transfer you back to Alnmouth the following day.





(A) Bed and Breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis).
(B) Route map and instructions specific to your trip, including emergency contact numbers.
(C) Luggage transfers between accommodation.
(D) Transfer to Druridge Bay at the beginning of your trip (including luggage transfer).
(E) End transfer from Bamburgh to Alnmouth as necessary.
(F) Emergency back-up service from Shepherds Walks Holidays mobile telephone number.


(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers
(B) Cost of parking your car for the duration of your trip
(C) Personal clothing and equipment.
(D) Insurance
(E) Lunch and Evening meals.
(F) Single room option (if required, see single supplement).
(G) Pick up and drop off at airports.
(H) Other entrance fees into attractions and public transport costs not mentioned above.


The Shepherds Walks Representative will:

A) Be available should you have any problems during your trip
B) Arrange the transportation of your luggage.
C) Provide transfers as necessary to your car / station if specified in your booking or itinerary.

We are here to offer you the best holiday you could ever imagine and we aim to do this through the personal service that we offer.

Make your holiday run smoothly – We are here for you. Our sole objective is for us to help you. We are here at any stage of your holiday and even in the planning stages. We tailor things to your requirements, not those of the masses.

We don’t cut corners - We want to see you again and want you to speak highly of Shepherds Walks Holidays. This is why we are literally willing to go that extra mile. The information you receive at every stage will be clear and leave you asking no questions.

We have personally walked all the trips we offer - We know exactly what you are going to embark on and can advise you on any aspects of your holiday over and well above what many of our competitors can.

Press choose to walk with us – Shepherds Walks Holidays are asked to deliver a very high percentage of the trips for journalists in the region. When the Tourist Boards are approached by a journalist wanting to visit the area who do they ask to provide their holiday or take them out walking? Shepherds Walks.

We have had press trips on all our routes and the articles speak for themselves.

Protected Holiday - All our holidays are protected through the operation of a Trust Account.

We are close at hand if you need us – We are a local business and if you need us at any time during your holiday just ask. If you are on a self guided trip we often will catch up with you, even over a drink one evening, just to make sure everything is going well. It’s better to iron out any little problems during your holiday, rather than hearing about them when you are back at home.

We enjoy great relationships with your accommodation providers and they will help us to help you

As we are literally on the doorstep we know the best places to stay. Often we will have block booked the best accommodation the previous year. We want our customers to stay in the best possible accommodation. As we know the proprietors personally and we liaise with them regularly they will go that extra mile to help us to help you whilst out on your route.

That is why Shepherds Walks has won awards and has helped people relax and totally enjoy their visit to this wonderful part of the country. We are willing to go that extra mile!

What type of accommodation will we be staying in - self guided trip

The accommodation on the tours are in Inns, family-run hotels, and Bed and Breakfasts. We endeavour to provide en-suite accommodation.

Do you move our bags for us on our walking holiday?

Yes, we move your bags for you everyday. You just leave your main bag at your accommodation and we will move it for you, so it will be at your next nights accommodation waiting for you.

You just carry your day pack.

Your baggage allowance for the trip is one main piece of luggage which should be preferably either a backpack/rucksack or sports bag, and one small daypack. Try to travel as light as possible. It is best to avoid large solid hardtop suitcases as these cause difficulties on transfer vehicles etc.

The larger piece of luggage will travel on the vehicle between accommodations and the daypack should be suitable for carrying any additional outer-layer clothing and items you will need on your walk during the day. As a general rule, we would recommend that your main piece of luggage shouldn't weigh more than 15 - 20 kilos.

Do you provide maps and a guidebook of the trail?

Yes we do, we provide the Harvey Map for this route and also more detailed maps to guide you to your accommodation each night. You also will receive detailed trip notes that we have compiled which has everything you need in it to really help you make a great walk into a holiday of a lifetime.

Can I bring a dog with be on this trip?

Yes you can, this trip is dog friendly.

Where do we eat at lunchtime and in the evenings?

We give you a set of 'trip notes' for your holiday (that we have compiled) listing all the places to eat on route, places to buy food, banks, toilets and places to visit on route.

As we also do guided trips throughout the year we can keep this info up to date.

We appreciate food is an important part of your holiday so we have worked hard to make sure you eat well at lunchtime and every evening.

What is a Double, Twin and Single room?

Room descriptions

Double – One double bed for two people.

Twin – Two single beds each for one person.

Single – A room with a single bed in.

Northumberland Coastal Path

Sunday 19th June 2022 Catherine McKenzie

We had a fabulous time in gorgeous weather walking on wide empty beaches. Everything worked brilliantly, accommodation was very good for twin rooms and Brian our taxi driver was always on time to meet us. We can’t wait for the next trip!

The hidden gem in UK

Friday 10th February 2017 Elizabeth Murphy

A great section of the coastline, we have never seen anything like it. Empty sweeping beaches and castles. What else could anybody ask for.

The hidden gem in UK

Friday 10th February 2017 Elizabeth Murphy

A great section of the coastline, we have never seen anything like it. Empty sweeping beaches and castles. What else could anybody ask for.

Some real highlights

Monday 11th July 2016 Susan Ayres

The highlight of the holiday was our trip to the Farne Islands. Gobsmacked to see so many birds, so close - arctic tern perching on my head. Perhaps you should make this more of a feature of your itinerary at the right times of year.

Great walk

Tuesday 1st December 2015 Henry H

We had a great walk along the coast earlier this year, thanks for sorting this for us.

Northumberland Coast Path - Highlights photo's

We had a fabulous time in gorgeous weather walking on wide empty beaches. Everything worked brilliantly, accommodation was very good for twin rooms and Brian our taxi driver was always on time to meet us. We can’t wait for the next trip!

19th Jun 2022 - Catherine McKenzie

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