March 13th 2020

5 of the best walks in Northumberland

There’s no better way to keep active during your holiday than enjoying one of Northumberland’s many walks. Whether you’re a professional hiker or just like a peaceful stroll, you’ll find there’s something for all abilities. Here at Coquet Cottages, we’ve been working with Mike at to bring you the best walks in Northumberland.

Mike said “The Northumberland National Park is a walker’s paradise. It is the least populated and least visited of the National Parks and with more than 600 miles of waymarked footpaths and bridleways to choose from you are never going to be short of a superb walk. From the Cheviots in the north to the rolling moorland further south and from the magnificent Kielder Forest to the dramatic Hadrian’s Wall there’s wealth of different walks to suit everyone.”

We’ve listed some of the best walks to discover on your next break to Northumberland, all of which can be found in The Northumberland Pack.

1.) Dunstanburgh Castle

Take in one of the most beautiful stretches of Northumberland coastline with this walk from Low Newton-by-the-Sea. This moderate walk covers a distance of 7.5 miles and takes around 4 hours, with a choice of stops for refreshments including The Jolly Fisherman in Craster. You’ll love discovering a whole host of sights from a nature reserve to beautiful Dunstanburgh Castle.

Dunstanburgh Castle walk

2.) Amble

Staying at one of our properties in Amble or just want to explore this pretty town? A seaside walk around the harbour and marina Amble offers some of the best views of Warkworth Castle and the coast. Covering 4.6 miles, this moderate walk will take around 2 hours to complete and allows you to discover the whole town on foot. Plus, you can try out some of the best restaurants in Northumberland, including The Old Boathouse by the harbour.

Amble Northumberland

3.) Ford and Etal

Take an easy, circular walk between the two charming villages of Ford and Etal. This countryside walks offers a peaceful exploration of the history of the area with the ruins of Etal Castle. With a distance of 5.2 miles, this walk should take around 3 hours, with a range of stops for refreshments.

Etal Castle

4.) Alnmouth

Setting off from Alnmouth beach, this picturesque linear walk along the Northumberland Coast takes you through Northumberland historic villages – including Alnmouth, Howick and Craster. The walk covers a distance of 13 miles and takes around 5 and a half hours to complete, but there’s plenty of places to stop on the journey. Alnmouth beach is just a matter of minutes from Waleric House, so this walk is perfect if you’re visiting.

5.) Kielder

For a more strenuous challenge, you’ll love the 9 walk which starts and finishes at Kielder Castle. This demanding walk covers boggy areas, steep ascents and is a great way to keep active. Taking six hours in total, the rewards of this walk are rich! Take in the breathtaking views and refuel with refreshments at Kielder Castle.


You can discover full details and maps for these a walks and 20 other walk in the area with The Northumberland Pack. Grab a copy before your next break to discover Northumberland on foot.

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