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June’s walk of the month: Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point Walk

After being recently being voted Britain’s best seaside town, where better to explore than Bamburgh during this long bank holiday weekend?

Written by High Life North
Published 01.06.2022
Image credit: Nathan Jermy

 

Distance: 6.3km (3.9 miles)

Elevation: 74m

Time: 1.5 – 2 hours

 

GETTING THERE

Start your Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point trail at the Links Road Long Stay Car Park next to Bamburgh Castle where you’ll find a signpost for your walk.

THE WALK 

The Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point Walk is a fantastic adventure in Northumberland that will take you to explore a scenic coastal path with views of an iconic Norman Era castle.

You’ll be captivated by the stunning views looking out onto the blue expanse of the North Sea and the chance to explore the historic grounds of Bamburgh Castle is a truly unforgettable experience.

While out walking the trail, you will pass by the imposing Bamburgh Castle to walk along a rocky and sandy trail along the coast, before looping around the countryside on the return leg through the village of Bamburgh.

Although the Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point Walk is a fairly laid back journey for all ages and skill levels but there are still some rugged sections of trail, particularly those along the coast so be sure to wear proper footwear.

If you’re planning to go on this walk over the bank holiday weekend or during peak, it’s likely to be very busy so if you would like to avoid the crowds, try going early for your walk or go out of season or on a weekday.

THE ROUTE

Setting out from the Links Road car park, you will head across the road to the North West and pick up the track, keeping straight along it to pass by the imposing structure of Bamburgh Castle. If you want to take some time to explore the Norman Era castle itself, you can make a detour to the right here and pay the admission fee to further explore the grounds.

If the aim of your day on the trails is simply to complete the walk while taking in the beautiful scenery, continue along the path to the North West, passing by the castle green on your left and following the trail as it leads down towards the beach. This section of the route doesn’t really have a trail, so you will need to simply continue along the beach to the northwest while taking in the stunning views across the North Sea.

After climbing uphill, you will pass by the Bamburgh Lighthouse and continue along the rugged landscape of the coast, traversing Budle Point to eventually arrive at a gun emplacement overlooking the sandy edge of Budle Bay. From here, you will make your way South along the edge of a golf course in order to arrive at the edge B1342.

Turning left along the road, you will follow it to the South East in order to pass through the charming village of Bamburgh, where you can pop into the Copper Kettle Tea Rooms for some post-walk refreshments. From here, it is a quick jaunt along the road to return to the car park where you began the Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point Walk.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

To find out more about this walk, or if you’re looking to be inspired with more Northumberland rambles, check out 10 Adventures’ website.

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