If you are accessing the Northumberland Coast Path during the lockdown, we ask that you follow our advice below for your own safety and for the safety of others. You can also find relevant links to further Government advice below. By following this guidance we can all continue to enjoy the countryside safely during the pandemic. ...
Starting from Cresswell
Arriving by train
You have two options:
Get off the train at Newcastle Central Station. Walk (20 minutes) or take the Metro to Newcastle’s Haymarket Bus Station and catch the Arriva X20/20 direct to Ellington. Cresswell is a 20 minute walk from here or there is accommodation in Ellington.
Get off the train at Morpeth Railway Station and take a taxi from there to Cresswell (£15-£20).
Arriving by ferry
Ferries from Ijmuiden (Amsterdam) arrive at the International Passenger Terminal at North Shields. Buses are available to transfer you to Newcastle and follow the above instructions from there.
Arriving by car
If you are Parking is limited in Cresswell village, we wouldn’t recommend leaving your car for an extended period in the beach car park. If you are staying overnight, the Plough Inn at nearby Ellington allows walkers to leave their cars in the car park for the duration of their walk. There is no accommodation in Cresswell.
Arriving by Air
Newcastle International Airport is the nearest Airport to Cresswell. A rapid-rail link, the Metro, links the airport with Newcastle city centre. Get off the Metro at Haymarket and follow the instructions above.
Starting from Berwick-upon-Tweed
Berwick is served by Virgin East Coast and Crosscountry trains from all parts of the country.
Parking in Berwick-upon-Tweed. You can leave your car in any of the long stay car parks in the town for the duration of your stay. It may be worthwhile letting parking services at Northumberland County Council know if you are leaving your car for a few days by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
The long-stay car parks in Berwick-upon-Tweed no longer allow parking for more than 72 hours. Please read this article about leaving your car in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
We recommend that you stay in Alnwick or if you want to be by the sea, in Alnmouth. These places have the best bus links to starting points both North and South.
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.
Our Communications and Funding Officer, Catherine Gray, ran the virtual Great North Run along a stretch of the Northumberland Coast AONB, taking in parts of the Northumberland Coast Path....