The Northumberland Coast Path

Walk from castle to castle
Landmarks steeped in ancient history, beautiful beaches, and a variety of wildlife to see, the Northumberland Coast Path has something for everyone. With approximately 100km of coastline to explore - you definitely won’t be short of things to do.

Walk the Northumberland Coast Path

Our beautiful coastline is best known for its wide, sweeping beaches, high sand dunes, a great variety of wildlife, and an overall striking landscape. The Northumberland Coast Path is steeped in over 7000 years of human history, leaving incredible landmarks for you to discover on your walk.

The Northumberland coast path offers some of the finest coastal walking in Europe, stretching 100 kilometres (62 Miles) from Cresswell in the south to Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north. Alongside sandy beaches, over rocky headlands, past dramatic castles and through attractive coastal villages, the Northumberland Coast Path offers a constantly changing landscape which is a pleasure to explore.

The route follows the coast in most places with an inland detour between Belford and Holy Island. Most of the paths are public rights of way (footpaths and bridleways) but in some places beaches, minor roads, tracks and permissive paths are used. The route is generally level with very few steep climbs. Most stiles along the route have been replaced with gates and the walking surfaces are generally good, although some sections of the path can become muddy in winter or after heavy rainfall.

The route is 100km or 62 miles. Some walkers will be able to complete the route in three days or even less whilst some will take seven or more days, depending on their pace and whether they stop to visit attractions along the way.

The route is broken into six stages of between six and thirteen miles, with the end of each stage being somewhere you can find accommodation to suit you.