Walking the trail – the practicalities.
Should I walk north or south?
This guidebook is written from south to north, starting at Cresswell and ending at Berwick-upon-Tweed. There are two reasons for this:
The sun always shines in Northumberland (almost….) and we wouldn’t want the glare to spoil the views, so walk north with the sun on your back.
The Northumberland Coast is often a windy place and this wind prevails from the south-west. If you walk north the wind will normally be in your favour.
You can of course walk south and the trail is equally well way-marked and signed in both directions.
How will I find my way?
The trail is well way-marked along its length.
From Cresswell to Warkworth and north of the Holy Island causeway you will find these way-mark discs
And between Warkworth and Holy Island you will find these way-mark discs, shared with St. Oswald’s Way.
Even though the route is well signed and way-marked, we recommend that you use the relevant Ordnance Survey Maps. The route of the path is marked on both the 1:50 000 Landranger Maps and the 1:25 000 Explorer Maps
Explorer 325 – Morpeth and Blyth
Explorer 332 - Alnwick and Amble
Explorer 340 - Holy Island and Bamburgh
Explorer 346 – Berwick-upon-Tweed
Landranger 81 Alnwick and Morpeth
Landranger 75 Berwick-upon-Tweed
Harvey’s also produce a waterproof map for the Northumberland Coast Path and Berwickshire Coastal Path (XT40)
GPS and Smart Phone Apps
The route of the Northumberland Coast is marked in diamonds on Ordnance Survey Maps, including the digital base maps available for mobile phones. Various apps exist that enable to you save maps onto your phone and use it as a GPS unit. You can also download various GPX and other files for GPS units but we can’t be liable for their accuracy.