The Northumberland coast is best known for its wide, sweeping beaches, backed by high sand dunes and offers some of the finest coastal walking in Europe.

The Northumberland Coast Path follows this stunning coastline for 100 kilometres 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. Either complete the walk in one holiday or return to complete sections of the walk with each trip. Arriva Bus services run along the coastal route and you can plan your trip so you take a bus ride to the start of the coastal path section and then walk back to the holiday cottage.

My favourite walk from the cottages


Beadnell to Low Newton

A popular coastal walk from the Northumberland village of Beadnell to Low Newton By Sea. It’s a lovely area with splendid views over Beadnell Bay and a visit to the National Trust owned Newton Pool Nature Reserve. The delightful village is a popular tourist spot situated in the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As such it’s a great base for exploring the area on foot.

The walk starts at Beadnell Harbour where there’s lots of little fishing boats and an attractive beach with sand dunes. You then pick up the footpaths and head south along the lovely Beadnell Bay with its 2 mile long sandy beach. The area contains a nationally important colony of little tern and the largest mainland colony of Arctic tern in the United Kingdom. After passing the bay you come to Newton Pool. The nature reserve has a number of hides where you can look out for a variety of water loving birds on the small lakes. At the coastal Newton Haven you may also see seals.