Our Favourite Beach Walks in Northumberland

30th January 2024

Boasting miles upon miles of rolling countryside, fascinating history and heritage, and a vast array of wonderful walking routes, Northumberland is a truly beautiful corner of the world. But did you know that our glorious county is also home to some of the UK’s finest beaches? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite beach walks; so, whether you’re seeking your next adventure with your four-legged friend, children, or other half, there’s a beach walk to suit everyone here in Northumberland!



Discover Northumberland’s Beautiful Beaches

Northumberland is blessed with an amazing array of beautiful beaches, many of which remain natural and unspoilt. The Northumberland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty also stretches along the majority of the coastline, offering the most spectacular scenery. Our beaches are often free from crowds, even in the height of summer, providing the perfect base for a fun-filled day out with your family or friends.

Whether you’re searching for a huge expanse of golden sand for building sandcastles, a quaint seafront dotted with traditional ice cream kiosks, or a secret hidden cove with interesting rock pools to explore, there’s something to suit everyone on the Northumberland coastline. Many of our beaches are dog-friendly all year round, so there’s no need to leave your four-legged friends behind! 

One thing’s for sure … beach lovers are in for a real treat here in Northumberland!



Top 5 Invigorating Beach Walks in Northumberland


1) Beadnell to Low Newton

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This 4-mile moderate walking route from Beadnell Bay to Low Newton is also a popular cycle path, so you can enjoy admiring the magnificent coastal views and explore this awe-inspiring landscape on two feet or two wheels. We highly recommend taking a moment to pause and snapping a few photos of the Newton Pool Nature Reserve along the way, before stopping off at The Ship Inn for a delicious post-walk meal.


2) Cresswell to Warkworth

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The Cresswell to Warkworth walk is a much longer route at 13 miles; but we promise it’s well worth your time. The route combines stunning coastal scenery with sections exploring traditional seaside towns, as you journey across the wide, sandy beach of Druridge Bay. And what’s more, there are plenty of cosy pubs and cafes in Warkworth to hole up in after your invigorating coastal walk!


3) Craster to Seahouses

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This fantastic 10-mile route from Craster to Seahouses will lead you past the ancient ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle: a 14th Century fortification that is now managed by English Heritage. Although not included in this route, we highly recommend taking a detour and trekking out along the headland to uncover this incredible structure. At the end of your walk, why not enjoy a quick bite to eat in one of Seahouses many quaint cafes?


4) Bamburgh Castle to Budle Bay

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We highly recommend following this stunning section of Northumberland Coast Path for unparalleled views of Northumberland’s most magnificent castle: Bamburgh Castle. This 5-mile short but sweet circular walk also boasts views of the picturesque Farne Islands, with plenty of bird spotting opportunities along the way. If you have time, why not take a pit stop in Bamburgh Castle’s very own tea room after exploring this magical medieval attraction?


5) Embleton Bay

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Discover the glorious golden sands of Embleton Bay and breathe in the fresh sea air on this invigorating 5.5-mile coastal walk. You’ll pass by an ancient WWII pillbox and climb through rocky outcrops, before arriving at the crumbling ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. At the end of the walk, we highly recommend cosying up in one of Embleton’s traditional pubs for a delicious drink or bite to eat.



Book a Northumberland Beach Break with Village Farm Cottages

Our fantastic collection of luxury self-catering cottages are perfectly located within Northumberland’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sandwiched between the beautiful coastal towns of Alnwick and Alnmouth. With accommodation options for couples, families, friends, and four-legged friends, our wonderful cottages are situated just a stone’s throw away from some of the county’s finest beaches. At the end of a long day exploring Northumberland’s stunning coastline, retreat to your very own cottage for some much-needed rest and relaxation. What could be better?!

Book your Northumberland beach break with Village Farm Cottages today!