Northumberland Coastal Walking Trip

The walking route from Bamburgh to Craster is a picturesque journey along the Northumberland coast in England. This route covers approximately 13 miles (21 km) and offers stunning views of the coastline, historic sites, and natural beauty.

Bamburgh Castle
Fri 6 Sept, 8:30am

The route links several wide beaches and is almost entirely at sea level, the total elevation is under 100m. The route is easy but you should have a basic level of fitness and feel confident you can walk for 13 miles on flat terrain (with breaks!). Depending on the number of attendees, the trip will split into smaller groups of different paces and meet at regular points along the way.

A coach will be provided to the start point, departing from the Frederick Douglass Centre at 08:30 and returning around 17:30. There will also be an option to leave the route halfway through at Beadnell. The coach will depart there at 12:30 and be back in Newcastle around 13:30.

The Route

Starting Point - Bamburgh Castle

The walk will begin at the iconic Bamburgh Castle, overlooking the North Sea. The route heads south along the beach or takes the coastal path parallel to the shore.

Bamburgh to Seahouses (3 miles / 5 km)

The route continues along the sandy beach or the coastal path towards Seahouses, a bustling village with shops, cafes, and the gateway to the Farne Islands.

Seahouses to Beadnell (2 miles / 3.2 km)

From Seahouses, the route will follow the coastal path southwards towards Beadnell, passing by Beadnell Bay, known for its wide sandy beach and distinctive lime kilns.

Optional endpoint at Beadnell, coach to pick up and return people to Newcastle.

Beadnell to Low Newton-by-the-Sea (3 miles / 5 km)

This includes beautiful stretches of beach and dunes. Arrive at Low Newton, a charming village with a picturesque square and the Ship Inn, a popular spot for a break.

Low Newton-by-the-Sea to Dunstanburgh Castle (2 miles / 3.2 km)

After a break, the path takes heads along the coast to Dunstanburgh Castle. The dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle are perched on a headland and provide a perfect spot for exploration and photos.

Dunstanburgh Castle to Craster (2 miles / 3.2 km)

From the castle, the route continues along the coastal path heading south to Craster, a quaint fishing village known for its smoked kippers and picturesque harbour.

Practical Tips


Wear sturdy walking shoes or boots as the path can be uneven. A large part of the route is along the beach but some sections near the end of the route can get muddy if there has been rain in the days and weeks before the trip.


Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately; the coastal weather can be changeable. The trip will go ahead unless the weather is so severe that safety or enjoyment is compromised.


There are several villages along the route where you can stop for food and drinks, but attendees should bring some food and drink for lunch with them.


Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis, with a reserve list if needed. To register complete the signup form at https://forms.gle/pBtiJJuaVjZwTYG18.

Last Modified: 2024-06-27 15:07:23