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 Coastal 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 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.
Shepherds Walks Holidays offer a range of self-guided trips along the Northumberland Coastal Path from a 4 day short break on the highlights to walking holiday over the entire length of the coastal path over 7 days.
Please take a look at the walking holidays we have on offer.