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Wonderful Walks on Northumberland Coast
13th September 2021
Have you been walking in Northumberland yet? Well, what are you waiting for?! Our self-catering cottages are ideally situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Northumberland's rugged coastline. We provide the perfect base for exploring Northumbria, at just a stone's throw away from the historic towns of Alnwick, Alnmouth and Warkwouth.
Surrounded by the Northumberland National Park, the Cheviot Hills, and miles upon miles of sandy beaches, Village Farm Cottages is a true walker's paradise. Northumberland's coastline is jam-packed full of golden sandy beaches, castle ruins and quaint fishing towns; offering some of the best coastal walking in Europe. From peaceful nature reserves to historic settlements, our county has something for everyone.
Keep reading to discover our top 5 walks on the Northumberland coast...
1) Bamburgh Castle to Budle Bay
This short but sweet circular walk from Bamburgh Castle to Budle Bay, part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, is ideal for both families and couples. Once home to a medieval Northumbrian King, Bamburgh is a brooding village with a dramatic clifftop castle - which has stood the test of time for almost 1000 years. Discover the awe-inspiring Bamburgh Lighthouse and the shimmering shores of Budle Bay on this wonderful walk, whilst looking out upon the stunning Farne Islands.
This walk is extremely popular with keen birdwatchers, with lots of brilliant birdlife to discover; particularly during the winter, when the wildfowl and waders flock to the bay's mud flats. We recommend stopping off at The Victoria Hotel or The Copper Kettle Tea Rooms for a spot of tea after your adventurous walk from castle to bay.
2) Hauxley Nature Reserve
Embark upon this half-mile circular route and explore the wonderfully serene Hauxley Nature Reserve, with far-reaching views across the Druridge Bay and beyond. Hauxley is one of the best bird watching spots in the North-East, with many migrating and native species visiting the reserve year after year. Over 140 bird species visit annually, including tree sparrows, reed buntings, bullfinches, coots, moorhens, and curlews. The reserve is best visited during the spring and summer when it is alive with wildflowers.
Pop into the Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre for some important information about the reserve and its wildlife. While you're there, why not pick up a rubbing disc trail map and enjoy some brass rubbing with the kids? Finish off your walk with a spot of cream tea and enjoy stunning views across the lake at the Wildlife Centre Café.
3) Lindisfarne Circular
Step back in time and rediscover history on Northumberland's Holy Island. Lindisfarne welcomes walkers from near and afar to embark upon this fun five-mile circular walk around the island. The island has so much to offer, from stunning sandy beaches to dramatic dunes. Walk in the footsteps of the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, and monks as you pass through the lovely Lindisfarne Castle, the Gertrude Jekyll Garden, and the Lindisfarne Priory.
Discover the gorgeous grey seals and fascinating birdlife during your stroll around the island, which boasts panoramic views of the Farne Islands, Bamburgh Castle and Cheviot Hills. After your walk, why not kick back and relax at The Ship Inn with a well-earned pint or two?!
4) Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle and Newton-by-the-Sea
This thrilling three-mile walk follows the designated Northumberland Coast Path, beginning from the coastal village of Craster. The route passes through the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and winds along Embleton Bay, before reaching Newton-by-the-Sea. Dunstanburgh Castle is one of the most photographed sites in Northumberland, whilst the enchanting Embleton Bay is one of the most gorgeous beaches along the county's coast.
Pass cream-coloured cottages and glorious grasslands on this spectacular stretch of coastline backed by sand dunes. Newton is best visited during the springtime when the meadows are teeming with wildflowers. We recommend stopping off at The Ship Inn in Low Newton-by-the-Sea for a delicious bite to eat.
5) Inner Farne Circular
Complete this half-mile stroll around the small Island of Inner Farne, jam-packed full of history and heritage. Hop on the boat from Seahouses to Inner Farne between April-July when the island is alive with nesting puffins. This walk is a truly unique wildlife experience, with the well-marked boardwalk path meandering around nesting birds. Get up close and personal with kittiwakes, guillemots, cormorants, and yellow-eyed shags, whilst also looking out for the grey seals that lounge nearby.
Admire picturesque views towards Dunstanburgh Castle from the Lighthouse Cliff Viewpoint during this stunning circular walk. We recommend just taking a picnic and enjoying it from the clifftops, whilst you watch the nesting birds go about their business.
Wonderful Walking Breaks at Village Farm Cottages
Here at Village Farm Cottages, we welcome walkers from near and afar to stay in our stunning self-catering cottages. Our cottages are almost fully booked up for the autumn season; however, we do have the following availability during September and October:
- Monday 13th - Friday 17th September at Farrier's View
- Friday 17th - Friday 24th September at The Farmhouse
- Monday 20th - Friday 24th September at Farrier's View
- Monday 27th - Friday 1st October at Viewfield
- Monday 27th - Friday 1st October at Farrier's View
- Friday 1st - Friday 8th October at Sally's Flat
- Friday 29th - Monday 1st November at Brooks Cottage
Click here to book your walking break in Northumberland today!