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The Northumberland Coast Path

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A June 2012 trip to Northumberland by Slug

Fishermans Pots Photo, Northumberland, England More Photos
Quote: A walk up the entire 65 miles of the Northumberland Coast

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Coquet Island from Amble Photo, Northumberland, England
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Our second day's hike took us from Druridge Bay Country Park north, past the birding centre in the dunes at Hauxley Nature Reserve and onto the market coastal town of Amble. Amble owes its roots to being a good spot to export coal from the Northumberland coalfields (alas no longer operating) and grew in the 1900s. Today, it is a slightly depressed town of around 6,000 people dependent largely on fishing and tourism. The town has a rather bizarre slogan; "Friendliest Port", which apparently derives from the 1930s when the town sent a friendly telegram message to the aging and soon to be broken up RMS Mauretania as it passed by on its final voyage. The delights of Amb...Read More

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Druridge Bay Country Park

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Druridge Bay Country Park Photo, Northumberland, England
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Although we consider ourselves pretty familiar with the Northumberland coast, a walk along its entire length is always going to present a few surprises. Our first just a mile out of the start of our walk came with Druridge Bay and in particular its nature reserves to the north of the bay.The Druridge Bay country park has a large car park and is a good place to explore this little region on foot. There is a maze of well made footpaths offering a considerable choice of different sceneries – coast, dune, lake or marshland.Although the visitor centre itself is an ugly 1960s type building entirely out of keeping with its surroundings it has a handy little cafe selling basic sandwich...Read More

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Druridge Bay Country Park
Red Row
Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 5BX
01670 760968

Druridge Bay

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Cresswell Pele Tower Photo, Northumberland, England
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Our hike along the whole length of the Northumberland coast of 64 miles started in the tiny seafront town of Cresswell. We laughed in the face of the recommended pit stops outlined in the Northumberland Coast Path; day one for us started mid afternoon and we just wanted to get 4 miles or so under our belt before moving onto our self catering cottage about mid way along route. There are a few places to park on the bay above Cresswell and in doing so we spotted what is perhaps the worst aspect of the village; a number of nose to nose family caravan sites on the cliff tops. While I understand the attractions for families for walkers these are ugly places. Moving onto the villag...Read More

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Bumping into the Olympic Torch Relay

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Some of the vehicles servicing the Olympic torch Photo, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland
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After 65 miles of hiking it seemed appropriate that when we finished our walk the streets of Berwick upon Tweed were lined with bunting and people waving Union Jacks.While the excitement coincided with our arrival in Berwick at the end of our journey, alas I must confess the welcome was not intended for us. We simply had arrived about 10 minutes before the Olympic Torch had. To be fair to the Torch it was mid way through its 8000 mile journey up down and across the UK as against our meager 65, although we had walked the whole of our trip (unlike the Torch that spends much of the time being driven around on a bus).Anyone watching the BBC news might imagine that the country has s...Read More
Fisherman's Pots Photo, Northumberland, England
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As part of a campaign to get fit for a long African hike later on in the year, we recently took on the rather easier challenge of a 65 mile coastal hike, the Northumberland Coast Path between Cresswell and Berwick. The walk takes you along almost deserted but beautiful sandy beaches, pretty fishing villages and sand dunes in 4-6 easy stages. Our typical hiking day was around 5 hours long and 12-14 miles in length, so a fairly gentle progress was demanded. The trick of course is to make sure you don't over strain yourself so as to ensure you also have a fairly easy yomp the following day. A 65 mile walk really is a marathon rather than a sprint. We found the Northumberland Coast...Read More