North Northumberland Heritage Coast
North Northumberland Heritage Coast
This is one of the longer stretches of heritage coastline in England, taking in 40 miles from Amble to the Scottish border just past Berwick upon Tweed. Along the coast are several superb nature reserves, including Coquet Island, off Amble, and the Farne Islands, off Seahouses.

The coast is replete with historic remains, including the ruined castles of Dunstanburgh and Warkworth, not to mention the superb rebuilt castle at Bamburgh, perched on a high cliff above the sea. To the north lies the tidal island of Holy Island, which can only be accessed by a causeway at low tide. On Holy Island are the remains of a rebuilt castle and medieval monastery.


The Northumberland coast is wonderful for walking, whether you stick to the coast itself or venture further inland. The Northumberland Coast Path stretches 60 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Cresswell, following the shore across rocky headlands, picturesque coastal villages, and over sandy beaches. Radiating out from the coastal path are three short circular walks.

One walk takes in Craster and Howick. Another begins at Craster and loops past dramatic Dunstanburgh Castle, and the third walk is a circular route from Belford to St Cuthbert's Cave. The Northumberland Coast Path is part of the longer North Sea Trail, exploring the natural and historical heritage of coastal communities.

A shorter walk is the Pilgrim's Way route to Holy Island, following in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims. The route follows the tidal causeway from Beal to the island, which is only accessible at low tide.

Other short walks available include the Lowry Walk around Berwick, tracing the life of Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976) who was famous for his 'matchstick men' paintings. There are three heritage walks around Seahouses, and six self-guided trails exploring the Alnmouth area. Another six walking trails have been established around the parish of Embleton and guidebooks are available at local shops.

See our Countryside section for more on the North Northumberland Heritage Coast.