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Stage 1: Cresswell to Warkworth

Cresswell to Warkworth

16.8 kms or 10.5 miles

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. 

You can watch a video of this stage of the walk here and a flythrough of the route here. Both are kindly provided by David Steel's YouTube channel, Plan, Watch, Walk.

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 the Plough is full there is accommodation in nearby Ashington or Morpeth.

Parking is limited in Cresswell village and we wouldn’t recommend leaving your car for an extended period in the beach car park. 

There is no accommodation in Cresswell.

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