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Craster is a lovely village on the scenic Northumberland coastline and walking enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy the various circular routes we have on offer! This route follows the spectacular Northumberland Coast, passing the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and the bracken and heather covered slopes of The Heugh.
The walk begins in the historic town of Berwick on Tweed, the Northernmost town in England, on the east coast at the mouth of the River Tweed. It is situated 2.5 miles (4 km) south of the Scottish border. You will see the Elizabethan Town Walls that were built to keep the invading Scots out of the town. Built between 1558 and 1570, the walls were the most expensive building project of England's Golden Age. From the top of these walls you can take in some spectacular views over the wide estuary of the River Tweed including Stephenson's famous viaduct bridge, hailed as one of the finest in the world and is now lit at dusk. Take time to look round historic Berwick, see http://www.exploreberwick.co.uk/ Make this a longer walk by going onto Holy Island. Allow 3 extra hours which includes a stop in the village. The causeway is open from 9.45am to 3.05pm. You cannot cross before this time or leave after this time. The walk begins in the historic town of Berwick on Tweed, the Northernmost town in England, on the east coast at the mouth of the River Tweed. It is situated 2.5 miles (4 km) south of the Scottish border. You will see the Elizabethan Town Walls that were built to keep the invading Scots out of the town. Built between 1558 and 1570, the walls were the most expensive building project of England's Golden Age. From the top of these walls you can take in some spectacular views over the wide estuary of the River Tweed including Stephenson's famous viaduct bridge, hailed as one of the finest in the world and is now lit at dusk. Take time to look round historic Berwick, see http://www.exploreberwick.co.uk/ Make this a longer walk by going onto Holy Island. Allow 3 extra hours which includes a stop in the village. The causeway is open from 9.45am to 3.05pm. You cannot cross before this time or leave after this time.
This walk begins at the small village of Fenwick, you will pass through Kyloe Woods to reach Kyloe Ridge where you will find the best views of the Northumberland Coast. A detour can be made to St Cuthbert's Cave which offers superb views of the Cheviot Hills before reaching Belford where there are accommodation, food, a hostel and camping facilities.
This walk begins at the town of Belford, you will pass Budle point with fantastic views to Budle Bay and Holy Island and pass through the historic village of Bamburgh, once capital of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria where the castle still remains. The route ends at the bustling fishing port of Seahouses, famous for its fish and chip restaurants and as the disembarkation point for thousands of visitors to the Farne Islands which lie a few miles offshore. You can follow an old railway line that used to bring coal to the harbour and visit the lifeboat station, there is a tourist information centre here as well as accommodation, camping and food.
Beadnell Bay is one of the most popular holiday areas on the north east coast, present-day Beadnell consists of three villages in one, Beadnell Harbour, the old Beadnell Village and Beadnell Haven. The harbour is of considerable age and was probably constructed in the eighteenth century, as were the limekilns, which are now under the protection of the National Trust. The village has probably been inhabited for several thousand years, and Bronze-Age burial chambers have been discovered along the shore. The walk then passes what is considered by many to be one of the most picturesque villages on The Northumberland Coast, the small isolated 18th century fishing village of Low Newton by the Sea is popular with visitors all year round. Owned by The National Trust, the village consists of an open-ended square of cream-washed cottages set around a green and looking out to sea across the beach of Newton Haven. The hub of the village is The Ship Inn (originally known as the Smack Inn), a popular and friendly pub serving an excellent range of bar meals. A great place to end the walk is at the Fishermans Arms in Craster
The walk begins at Craster, best known for its kippers, L Robson and Sons Ltd have supplied the Royal Family in the past. The kippers and smoked salmon are prepared in the traditional method of oak smoking – don’t leave until you give them a try! This walk passes the picturesque coastal village, Alnmouth was originally founded as a medieval borough or new town in 1150. Alnmouth became established as a grain port and shipbuilding centre between the years of 1207 and 1208 and today remains a beautiful and interesting village and is worth exploring. There are a variety of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and gift shops for the discerning visitor to enjoy. The walk ends at the ancient fortified village of Warkworth which has a long history, built on a rocky spur within a tight loop of the River Coquet, close to the river mouth Warkworth is one of the jewels in the Northumberland crown, a pretty village that is unspoilt by both modern development and tourism.
Four things stand out at Warkworth above all others, the Castle, the Norman bridge, the Church and the Hermitage. Try and visit one of these while you are visiting! The Hermitage is especially lovely and located half a mile upstream of the castle on the north bank of the river. It can be reached by following a path along the south bank until you reach a boat landing, where a small boat can be hired to cross to the hermitage. Hidden by trees and carved into the rock the hermitage includes a chapel, confessional and dormitory. The walks then heads towards Amble which is Northumberland's most important fishing centre north of the Tyne, and leisure sailing has also become important, the town has many good shops, pubs and ideal fast food and restaurants. The walk then takes in the seven-mile sweep of magnificent golden sands at Druridge Bay which is considered by many to be the finest bay on the Northumberland Coast. You will finish at Cresswel, an old village, with a pele tower dating to the 14th century, with the tower scenically set in a belt of trees
The starting point is Saltburn Pier and why not start your journey by taking a stroll and enjoy the Victorian grandeur of the iron pier! Watch out for the metal sculptures to the south of Saltburn by Richard Farrington. Leaving the pier follow Saltburn road, keeping the sea on your left, cross the bridge and follow the coastal path near the Ship Inn. Ascend the steep path to Huntcliff which was one of a number of Roman signalling stations situated along the Yorkshire coast which were built as watchtowers to protect against the threat of Anglo-Saxon raids from Denmark and Germany. From here, follow the National Trail coastal signs and you will pass the Guibal Fan House, a derelict concrete building, which was a ventilation shaft for Skelton mine. The top of the filled shaft is visible as a ring of bricks just to the south of the fan house. Continuing along the coast you will then descend Warsett Hill and cross the golden Cattersty Sands – a perfect coastal walk! But it doesn’t end here, and you will then pass through the former mining village of Skinningrove and ascend the cliff path once again. Taking care as you near the edge at Boulby cliff. Eventually you will meet Cowbar Lane, which will take you onwards to Cowbar where you walk over the foot bridge towards Staithes and finish your journey at the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre
The starting point is Captain Cook’s Cottage in Staithes. Leaving the village leave ascend steeply up Church Street towards the cliff-top path which you continue along, crossing stiles and eventually across Beacon Hill. A National Trust sign marks reaching Port Mulgrave, descend the stone steps towards the old harbour. On the beach at Port Mulgrave, it is possible to see the bricked-up entrance of the former ironstone drift mine. Port Mulgrave grew up during the iron-mining boom of the 19th century and there was a narrow-gauge railway to take ore from the Grinkle mines to the port. From here, ascend the steep clifftop path and continue on through various fields towards Runswick Bay. At Runswick Bay, follow the road to the village and then along the shore to Hob Holes. Ascend towards the clifftop path and follow it along, eventually descending the path towards Sandsend. Something to look out for on this walk is fossils! The fossilised remains of two Plesiosaurs were found at the old alum works at Ravenscar and the area is well known for fossils. It is nicknamed the "Dinosaur Coast" being predominantly of the Middle and Lower Lias Period. Common found fossils include ammonites and belemnites – keep an eye out and send us your photos!
The starting point is St Oswalds Church, Sandsend. St Oswalds Church contains an exhibition of rare ‘humpback’ Viking gravestones which are worth a look before starting the walk down Lythe Bank towards the sea crossing the bridge. At low tide only, it is possible to walk the 3 miles from Sandsend to Whitby, eventually meeting the twin jetties of Whitby Harbour. If the tide is in, from the car park at the foot of Lythe Bank follow the Cleveland Way path. Walk towards Whitby, crossing the swing bridge. Walk down Church Street and take the steps towards St Mary’s Church. Pass through the churchyard towards Whitby Abbey. Set on a headland high over the popular seaside town, Whitby Abbey is the perfect choice for a great value day trip in Yorkshire. It's easy to see how Bram Stoker was inspired by its gothic splendour when writing Dracula. This is one of the most atmospheric visitor attractions on the Yorkshire coast so pop in! Keeping on along the coastal path, following the Abbey wall until you reach the Cleveland Way signed path, crossing a field to get to the cliff edge. Eventually passing the Whitby fog horn, the path goes round the back of the lighthouse and continues along the clifftops. Continue on the clifftop path eventually approaching the outskirts of Robin Hood’s Bay. Here, brooding cliffs tower over a huddle of red roofed former fishing cottages that spill right down to the edge of the sea, creating a ‘lost in time' getaway for anyone who loves unusual architecture and breathtaking scenery. Why not join us for a bracing walk topped off with a fireside drink in a cosy inn?
Start the walk at The Old Coastguard Station on the Dock. If the tide is out, walk the beach as far as Boggle Hole, where the beach ends. Go over the Beck footbridge and rejoin the trail. Alternatively, if the tide is in, ascend to the cliff top path at Stoupe Beck and follow the clifftop path to Ravenscar. Ravenscar is of great geological importance no least due to its fossil invertebrate faunas which can be found. Petard Point marks the descent down towards Hayburn Wyke, a broad-leaved wooded 'Wyke' with attractive waterfall leading to a stony cove. Follow the route up through the woods to regain the cliff top before descending gradually to Cloughton Wyke.
Head down Newlands Lane towards the coast and follow the signs for the Cleveland Way National Trail. Go south on the path and continue on this cliff-top walk for the next three miles. At Crook Ness follow the path towards the shore before continuing on the clifftop path. Crook Ness shore reveals fossilised dinosaur footprints in the sandstone. Most of the fossils at Crook Ness can be found by searching at the base of the cliff and scree slopes especially after heavy rain. Heavy rain washes fossils down from the clay and these can be picked up at the base. Sometimes the foreshore can be scoured out and this also makes excellent collecting opportunity. This area is not suitable for children as the shoreline is rocky and unsafe in places. Passing by Crooks Ness, you descend the cliffs and cross Scalby Beck at the side of Scalby Mills public house. If the tide is out walk the beach towards Scarborough, or take the promenade towards Peasholme Park turning right after the Scarborough sands apartments. Finish the walk in the lovely Japanese inspired grounds of Peasholm Park – a lovely and different end to a coastal walk!
The starting point is Scarborough train station. Turning right out of the train station walk towards Valley Bridge. Cross the road and turn left down Somerset Terrace, crossing over the roundabout continue onto Falconers Road. Descend to the beach either by the tramway, steep steps or path and heading South, walk the beach or the Foreshore past the Scarborough Spa. Continue until the beach comes to an end and ascend Holbeck Hill and pick up the clifftop walk with signposts for the Cleveland Way. Walk through the woods at Osgodby then drop into Cayton Bay which is beautiful whatever time of the year you visit. It is a favourite with surfers, bird watchers and fossil hunters or those who just want to relax and admire this area of unspoilt natural beauty. Following onwards towards Castle Rocks and Yons Nab near Lebberston Cliff, you then carry on along past The Wyke, gradually descending until the Cleveland Way reaches its end. Turn right along the path to Filey, or walk towards the end of Filey Brigg and if the tide is out, walk the remaining distance from Filey Brigg towards Filey. At very low tide in Filey a ridge of rocks known as the Spittals, half way along the Brigg and stretching out to sea in a south east direction, can be seen and it has often been said that it is the remains of a Roman pier!
With pubs, shops and restaurants along the way, the route showcases plenty of attractions such as Whitley Bay, Tynemouth Priory, St Mary’s Lighthouse and beautiful views of the River Tyne. Blyth is a bustling port town with a rich history and a keen sense of its own identity. Famous for its wind turbines, located at both Blyth Harbour and offshore, there is also the popular South Beach, a beautiful stretch of golden sand and home to the only beach huts in Northumberland! The route continues the coast down towards Tynemouth, passing Whitley Bay and its miles of clean golden sands. The sea is safe for bathing and there are plenty of the usual seaside amusements to keep the visitors entertained! You will finish your walk at Tynemouth where guarding the mouth of the River Tyne, the historic Tynemouth Priory and Castle are open to the visitor throughout the year, and are a great attraction for those interested in the past.
This route offers panoramic views of the coastline, taking in the many beautiful bays and coves that have been carved out of the cliff face by stormy seas over the years. Starting at South Shields pier on Sandhaven beach, this walk follows the coast south, passing The Leas, Marsden Rocks and Souter Lighthouse; there is plenty to see on this 8 mile walk! The Leas is 300 acres of grassy open space which backs onto the coastline and from here you will follow the continuous cliff top route all the way to Seaburn in Sunderland. Marsden Bay is home to one of England's most important seabird colonies with thousands of pairs of Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Gulls and Cormorants. For an unusual lunch or refreshment stop take the lift or the cliff stairs to the Marsden Grotto pub, with its fantastic scenery and colourful history, it's the perfect location to while away an afternoon or summer evening. Continuing down the coast, you will then come across Souter Lighthouse located on cliff tops just south of the River Tyne. Opened in 1871 the lighthouse is famous as being the worlds first electric powered lighthouse and has a museum open to the public. NOTE: There is a firing range at Souter Point. Red flags will warn you when it is being used and so then follow the diversions indicated.