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|Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point|
|Author: Claire, Published: 18 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular walk from the popular village of Bamburgh in the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The capital of ancient Northumbria, Bamburgh is notable for three things, all of which you can explore whilst following this route. First, Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland’s most iconic buildings and serves as a backdrop to the entire route. Second, the extensive sandy beaches are some of the best in England, ideal for picnics or rock pooling. Finally, the village is the final resting place of Grace Darling, the Victorian heroine famed for participating in the rescue of a shipwreck in 1838. |
Bamburgh is a very popular tourist destination so if you want to avoid the crowds it is better to visit on weekdays or out of season. The route follows the beach/sand dunes for the outward leg which, as with all sand, is a bit of a workout. There are a couple of rockier sections too so watch your step. If you want to enjoy the largest expanse of the golden beach, time your walk to avoid high tide. Dogs are welcome on the beach but please clear up after them. The return leg crosses a golf course (be sure to watch out for flying golf balls) and then follows the grass verge alongside the B-road back into the village. Where the grass verge gets narrow in a couple of places take good care to avoid the passing traffic which can be heavy at peak times. There are no stiles to negotiate, just a few kissing gates. You will pass public toilets on the way back into the village. Approximate time 2 hours.
Bamburgh is located on the Northumberland coast, between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick. The walk starts and finishes from the long stay pay and display car park within the village, directly opposite the castle (this was free at the time of writing). Approximate post code NE69 7DF.
|Start to Lighthouse|
Start point: 55.6077 lat, -1.7104 long
Standing in the car park, facing the castle, leave the car park via the front left pedestrian gate. Turn left along the pavement and, where the road swings left, cross over with care and bear left through the gateway into the park area. Follow the tarmac path, swinging right through the park, staying alongside the tall castle rock and walls to the right.
|Lighthouse to Gun Emplacement|
Start point: 55.6164 lat, -1.724 long
With the lighthouse on the right, keep ahead along the grassy path with the dunes up to the left. You will pass Harkess Rocks on the right. Stay on this grass path for some distance (taking care where it gets rocky) and you will emerge out to another section of wide sandy beach.
|Gun Emplacement to Gate into Golf Course|
Start point: 55.6152 lat, -1.7457 long
Immediately beyond the emplacement, fork left onto St Oswald’s Way, a path which climbs further up the dunes. The path will lead you into the edge of a golf course. Follow the path along the right-hand edge of the golf course, allowing golfers to play their shots before you proceed and taking care of any stray flying balls. At the far side, pass through the kissing gate to reach the access lane at the top of the caravan park.
|Gate into Golf Course to End|
Start point: 55.6115 lat, -1.7423 long
Take particular care here as the path now crosses the fairways. Allow golfers to play their shots before you proceed and keep a careful watch for any stray flying balls. Follow the path through the course (at about 1 o’clock) marked with blue-topped posts.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
OK, the day we went was almost perfect with a wonderful blue sky and sunshine. But I would say that it is probably the best beach I have ever visited.
|By Richard on 07 Oct 2014|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Administrator |
Uploaded: 30 Jun 2014
Taken on a lovely day in June 2014
|Image by: Administrator |
Uploaded: 30 Jun 2014
We took this in the morning as we tracked the walk. June 2014. There was a mist rolling in but bright sunshine....
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