Get ready to swap winter blues for spring hues as you embark on a tail-wagging adventure along the stunning Northumberland Coast. From sandy shores to castle views, this guide offers trails that wind through Beadnell, Bamburgh, Seahouses, and Lindisfarne – each ending with a cosy pub visit. There, you and your furry friend can relax and recharge, and enjoy proper pub grub surrounded by stunning scenery. What better way to bond with your pooch than by dedicating a few hours – or the whole day – to coastal walkies?
Beadnell to Low Newton: Pit stop at The Ship Inn
- Distance: 4 miles
- Difficulty: easy
- Linear walk
Embark on a coastal escapade starting at Beadnell, a haven for beach lovers and their furry companions. The trail, spanning a picturesque distance of 4 miles, leads to the quaint village of Low Newton. The average time for this leisurely stroll is around 2 hours, making it perfect for a morning or afternoon adventure.
Begin your journey at Beadnell Harbour, conveniently located just a 25-minute walk or a five-minute drive from our apartments, and proceed south along Beadnell Bay, a two-mile-long sandy beach. At the end of the Bay, you can pick up the Northumberland Coastal Path, keeping an eye out for migratory birds and seals as you amble the path south.
It’s impossible to miss The Ship Inn if you follow the path to Low Newton, as this folky, white-washed pub sits right on it. With its warm, rustic ambience and breathtaking sea views, this dog-friendly pub is the ideal place to unwind and enjoy a menu of locally-sourced ingredients, including North Sea fish. Be sure to sample a pint from the adjoining microbrewery too! If you’re not feeling up to the walk back, you can hop on the bus.
Beadnell to Bamburgh: Calling at The Castle Inn
- Distance: 6 miles
- Difficulty: easy
- Linear walk
For a longer adventure, head north on the Beadnell to Bamburgh trail, covering approximately six miles of the Northumberland coastal path. The journey takes around 3 hours, providing ample time to soak in the awe-inspiring landscapes.
Begin the north end of Beadnell Bay Beach (just a 20-minute walk from our apartments), and trace the coastline north, passing Beadnell Harbour. You can parallel the Northumberland Coastal Path for some time on the sand of the Annstead Dunes Nature Reserve, before rejoining the path at the Seahouses Golf Club.
From here, pass through charming Seahouses, stopping for a drink or bite to eat if you’re already feeling peckish, before picking up the B1340 (the Coastal Path’s less-inspiring name) on the other side of the town. You can once again take your pick between the path itself or the paralleling sands as you make your way up to Bamburgh, with scenes of the Farne Islands and Bamburgh Castle coming ever clearer into view.
If you’re following along the sands, be mindful of the tide times and make sure to rejoin the coastal path if the tide is heading onto high.
As you reach the Castle, the road begins to snake right onto Front Street. Follow it a little further and find The Bamburgh Castle Inn, a historic pub with a cosy interior and stunning views of Bamburgh Castle which can be seen from the front of the building as you walk in. From light bites to hearty pub classics and great veggie options, their menu is a crowd-pleaser.
If you don’t feel up to walking all the way to Bamburgh, simply follow the coastal route as far as Seahouses, taking your pick of pubs when you arrive in the famous fishing village. The Schooner Inn is dog-friendly and bursting with character. And for those who do go all the way, rest assured that you have the option to catch the bus back if you don’t feel up to walking.
Lindisfarne Circular: Pilgrimage of Nature’s Wonders Concludes at The Crown and Anchor Pub
- Distance: 3 miles
- Difficulty: easy
- Circular walk
Embark on a circular route starting at Chare Ends Visitors car park, Holy Island covering approximately three miles of enchanting landscapes. The average time for this circular adventure is around 1.5 hours, making it an ideal choice for a refreshing morning or afternoon stroll.
The trail, though easy, promises mesmerising views of Lindisfarne Castle and the surrounding nature.
Exit the Chare Ends park and cross the road, turning right away from the village. Soon, reach the shoreline where the Pilgrim’s Way converges with the island, offering captivating views. Take a moment on a bench overlooking the sands, then descend along the foreshore, walking by the sea. Navigate these undulating paths to reach the easily graded trail bordering the rockier east coast. Some straightforward route finding is necessary at the southwest tip of the island to access the shoreline at The Basin. Afterwards, ascend a steep bank to discover a narrow, low cliff-top path that guides you back towards the main car park.
Complete your pilgrimage at The Crown and Anchor Pub, a cosy local pub with a rich history and Northumbrian ales to choose from. The beer garden even backs onto the Priory, so al fresco diners can take in some of the island’s best views. The menu is seasonal, meaning you’ll get the best of springtime cuisine that Northumberland has to offer, including locally-caught seafood, and rest assured that the doors will be open to your furry friend.
The pawfect base
Northumberland’s coast in spring unveils a symphony of beauty and adventure – for humans and doggos alike! To fully immerse yourself in this experience, consider making Beadnell your base. Book a stay at our dog-friendly Beadnell holiday apartments and unlock the potential for daily coastal explorations, each ending with a rewarding visit to a dog-friendly pub.