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Northumberland County Walk
Budle Bay from Bamburgh


Northumberland County Walks Outline Route Map Walk Grading

County/Area - Northumberland County

Author - Mike Bexley

Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km

Ascent - 350 feet / 106 metres

Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference NU182350
Lat 55.60827 // Long -1.712667
Postcode NE69 7DF (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

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This is a very easy short walk with superb coastal views. The walk requires no special clothing. Just dress comfortable with an eye on the weather. Although I have quoted map grid references, a map is not required just follow the outlined route that accompanies this description. The walk starts with a road walk but this is soon forgotten when the views hit you in the face.

Leave Bamburgh village (grid ref NU182350) via the B1342 road passing the church and keeping to the right hand grass verge. Pass a minor road on the left then just after the road turns right go through the right gate indicated by a footpath sign (Grid ref. NU164350 ). This path, indicated by blue posts, crosses the golf course so keep a look out for the golfers and their flying objects. Exit the golf course via a swing gate.

The path now descends to some cottages, this section provides your first magnificent view of Budle Bay. The public footpath proceeds between Newtown Cottages. However to avoid the obstacles placed in its way it is easer to walk to the left around them to a large metal gate at the bottom of the field. Turn right then right again following a bridle way sign leading to gate onto the golf course (grid ref NU 162356). Turn left and steeply descend to the path junction by the remains of a war time pill box. Turn right up hill, where if you are lucky, there is vacant bench to sit and take in the views across the bay to Holy Island.

The clear path continues along the edge of the golf course prior to crossing over a fairway to the club house. Going through the gate leads to a narrow lane named The Wynding. This lane leads back to Bamburgh village. However I prefer to take the left hand bridleway just after the second car park and right corner (Grid ref. NU179353). This track leads you past Coast Guard cottages and on to the large village green at the foot of the castle with the village on the far side.

 
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