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NORTHUMBERLAND COAST PATH

Low Newton-by-the-Sea to Seahouses [8.2 miles]

The Maps

The Route

The Walk

Our second day on the Northumberland Coast Path looked a lot more promising as far as the weather was concerned. Today our journey was much easier as we drove to Seahouses then walked across the road from the car park to catch the bus south to Low Newton.


Low Newton-by-the-Sea


St Mary's or Newton Haven
and a fine view back to Dunstanburgh Castle

We walked along the road to the coast path, turned left and away we went across Newton Point. As yesterday we left the actual coast path to walk along the sands wherever it was possible.


Newton Point
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Beadnell Bay
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We approached Beadnell in bright sunshine. We could hear sea birds in the distance but couldn't quite make out what was going on. We came across a fenced off area which I ought to have picked up from the OS map as it was clearly marked as a bird sanctuary. This turned out to be the largest mainland breeding colony of Arctic Terns.


Arctic Terns near to the warden's hut

We followed a fenced off track to the warden's hut where a friendy warden explained about the colony and the habits of the 3 breeds they were protecting: Arctic, Little and Roseate Terns. There were hundreds of Arctic Terms, about 3 pairs of Little Terns which I spotted through their powerful telscope and one pair of Roseate Terns.


Beadnell tern colony

Reluctantly we took our leave and went on our way, crossed the suspension bridge over the brook and headed across the sands to Beadnell harbour. This harbour is quite distinctive as it has an inland facing entrance and is dominated by limekilns built in the 18th century. We had only been there a few minutes when the bright sunshine suddenly went and a hail stom set in. Fortunately the limekilns offered us shelter and a seat where we stopped and took our coffee break.


Near Beadnell harbour


Beadnell Harbour


The limekilns at Beadnell


Hail as we sheltered in the limekilns

Soon it was time to continue towards Seahouses. Once again we favoured walking on the sands rather than alongside the busy B1340 road. As we approached Seahouses we came to another deep brook adjacent to the golf course. We struck lucky as a well trodden path followed the brook inland back to Annstead Bridge on the main road which we regained without too much difficulty. The path then diverted off the road and onto the golf course before we arrived at the harbour.


Approaching Seahouses, more kittiwakes nesting

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The harbour at Seahouses
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