The starting point of the Northumberland Coast Path is the seaside village of Cresswell at the southern end of an eight-mile long sandy bay called Druridge Bay. The path follows the beach or you could choose to walk along the beach instead if the tide is out. Druridge Bay is backed by a string of nature reserves which are home to a huge array of birdlife. At the northern end of the bay sits the former fishing village of Low Hauxley and beyond the port of Amble. Just offshore is Coquet Island, an RSPB nature reserve, which can be viewed by taking a boat trip from Amble (you can't land on the island though). Amble is a bustling town with a great shopping street. A mile or so further north is the village of Warkworth, with its fine medieval castle and 11th century Church and the end of Stage 1. There is plenty of accommodation and places to eat and drink in Warkworth.
Frequently Asked Questions
There isn't accomodation in Cresswell. We recommend that you stay in the Plough Inn at Ellington, a pleasant mile-long stroll from the start at Cresswell. If you arrive by car and stay at the Plough Inn, you can leave your car there for the duration of your walk.
If the Plough is full there is accommodation in nearby Ashington or Morpeth.
There are public car parks in Cresswell but we wouldn't advise leaving a car for there overnight. If you stay overnight at either end of your trip, the Plough Inn at Ellington allows walkers to leave their vehicle in their car park.
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