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Looking across the Aln estuary from the little town of Alnmouth
Looking across the Aln estuary from the little town of Alnmouth

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Route No. 566 - Saturday 27 September 2014
Warkworth to Alnmouth on coast path - 10km
(linear route - bus from Alnmouth to Warkworth)
Northumberland Coast . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 332 Alnwick & Amble


Looking along Northumberland Street from the Argyle Street bus stop in Alnmouth
Looking along Northumberland Street from the Argyle Street bus stop in Alnmouth

The market place bus stop in Warkworth
The market place bus stop in Warkworth

At the sharp left hand bend in the road we kept straight on along a footpath that led us around to castle to the entrance at the far side. (Warkworth Castle) We spent over an hour looking round this magnificent castle, then we made our way back to the market place for a coffee before starting our walk back to Alnmouth.

My wife & I are spending a week at a holiday cottage in Alnmouth, Northumberland. This morning we caught the X18 coastal bus service (download timetable - pdf) from the Argyle Street bus stop in Alnmouth to the market place in Warkworth. We walked up the street to the castle at the top of the slope.

Bridge over the moat at Warkworth castle
Bridge over the moat at Warkworth castle

Views of Warkworth Castle










Approaching the old stone arch bridge over the River Coquet at Warkworth
Approaching the old stone arch bridge over the River Coquet at Warkworth

The River Coquet from the road bridge at Warkworth
The River Coquet from the road bridge at Warkworth

Lane heading for the car park above the golf links
Lane heading for the car park above the golf links

We crossed the river on the old stone bridge and on the far side we turned sharp right to cross the main road and turned right off the main road to follow a minor road up hill from the end of the road bridge. The road bent round to the left at the top of the slope and continued in a straight line for about 450m to a car park.

From the market place we walked along Bridge Street to the River Coquet. There's the modern road bridge and alongside it there is the old stone arch bridge which is now just for pedestrians and cyclists.

Heading up the lane from the road bridge towards the coast
Heading up the lane from the road bridge towards the coast

Footpath at the car park above the golf links
Footpath at the car park above the golf links

Footpath from the car park down to the dunes and the beach
Footpath from the car park down to the dunes and the beach

The Northumberland Coast Path turns left at the dunes
The Northumberland Coast Path turns left at the dunes

After about 900m along this path through the coarse grass and bracken we came to a small gully where the path turned left to head inland.

We continued in the same direction from the car park heading down to the sand dunes. At map ref. NU256064, we turned left to follow the Northumberland Coast Path along the edge of the dunes next to the golf links.


A Little Egret alighted in this pond as we walked by

The path climbs a gully through the bracken to the coast
The path climbs a gully through the bracken to the coast

View northwards to Alnmouth Bay from the coast path
View northwards to Alnmouth Bay from the coast path


Enjoying the beach and the sea before . . .

The gully led to a stony track across the golf links
The gully led to a stony track across the golf links

Track through a caravan site
Track through a caravan site

From the caravan site the track dropped down to beach level at a small stream called Salters Burn. There were some war-time anti tank defences on the beach here and we sat on one of the large concrete blocks for a drink and just to look at the sea for a few minutes.

We followed the path up the grassy gully for about 200m to a stony track. At the track we turned right to follow the track across the golf links to the cliff edge. We continued on the track along the cliff edge and through a caravan site.

. . . turning inland up a grassy gully through the golf links
. . . turning inland up a grassy gully through the golf links

Track along the cliff top from the golf links to a caravan site
Track along the cliff top from the golf links to a caravan site

Track through a caravan site
Track through a caravan site

Looking back along the coast to the harbour wall at Amble
Looking back along the coast to the harbour wall at Amble

The path drops down to beach level at Salters Burn
The path drops down to beach level at Salters Burn

North of Salters Burn were the National Trust Alnmouth Dunes
North of Salters Burn were the National Trust Alnmouth Dunes

The path led us to this stony parking area
The path led us to this stony parking area

After another 1.5km we came to a rough parking area. Here the path, now following a stony track, turned left to head up the slope towards the main road (A1068).

After our little break we crossed the footbridge over Salters Burn into some National Trust land, called Alnmouth Dunes, and continued along the Northumbrian Coast Path.

We stopped for a break on the beach at Salters Burn
We stopped for a break on the beach at Salters Burn

Cliff top path heading northwards
Cliff top path heading northwards

Stony track up to the main road (A1068)
Stony track up to the main road (A1068)

Looking back to the coast from the cycleway & footpath next to the main road (A1068)
Looking back to the coast from the cycleway & footpath next to the main road (A1068)

Looking back to the coast from the cycleway
Looking back to the coast from the cycleway

The cycleway & footpath running parallel to the main road
The cycleway & footpath running parallel to the main road

Seat by the cycleway with a view over the River Aln
Seat by the cycleway with a view over the River Aln

After about 1.4km the cycleway turned right to head down the slope to the edge of the salt marshes next to the River Aln estuary. The cycleway then turned left and continued out to the main road below Hipsburn at map ref. NU239110.

As we approached the main road there was a cycleway and footpath in the fields next to the road and running parallel to it. Here we turned right and followed the cycleway.

The east coast main line railway just inland of the main road
The east coast main line railway just inland of the main road

The tiny red flowers of Scarlet Pimpernel by the path
The tiny red flowers of Scarlet Pimpernel by the path

Cycleway heading down towards the River Aln
Cycleway heading down towards the River Aln

Cycleway heading out to the B1338 below Hipswell
Cycleway heading out to the B1338 below Hipsburn

The path continued on the far side of the B1338
The path continued on the far side of the B1338

Our route joined the road on the edge of Alnmouth
Our route joined the road on the edge of Alnmouth

We walked along the road and over the road bridge across the River Aln estuary.

We crossed the road and continued along the cycleway in the fields next to the road until we reached the road next to the estuary.

Looking back along the cycleway across the B1338
Looking back along the cycleway across the B1338

The path running parallel to the B1338
The path running parallel to the B1338

Footbridge across the River Aln next to the road bridge
Footbridge across the River Aln next to the road bridge

The Lovers' Walk path next to the River Aln estuary
The Lovers' Walk path next to the River Aln estuary

Gate to the Lovers' Walk path at the end of the road bridge
Gate to the Lovers' Walk path at the end of the road bridge

The River Aln estuary
The River Aln estuary

Walking along Riverside Road in Alnmouth
Walking along Riverside Road in Alnmouth

The road name changed to Riverside Road and just off to the right there is a small black hut called "The Ferry Hut". Inside there is an interesting exhibition of old photographs of the time when there was a rowing boat ferry across the estuary here.

Just across the bridge we crossed the road and took a footpath down to the river bank. This path is known locally as the Lovers' Walk and we followed it to a road called Garden Terrace in Alnmouth. Here we turned right and walked along the road .

The Lovers' walk path
The Lovers' walk path

Terrace of houses in Alnmouth seen from the Lovers' walk path
Terrace of houses in Alnmouth seen from the Lovers' walk path

'The Ferry Hut' with its photos of the old ferry across the Aln
'The Ferry Hut' with its photos of the old ferry across the Aln

Sailing club moorings off Riverside Road in Alnmouth
Sailing club moorings off Riverside Road in Alnmouth

Riverside Road in Alnmouth
Riverside Road in Alnmouth

The channel of the River Aln at Alnmouth
The channel of the River Aln at Alnmouth

Walkway off the beach through the dunes
Walkway off the beach through the dunes

The whole route had been about 9km and it had taken us about three hours to walk plus over an hour to look around Warkworth Castle and a 30 minute stop at a coffee shop in Warkworth. Altogether a very pleasant day out starting with our bus ride from Alnmouth to Warkworth.

We continued around the Riverside Road and the turned off to the right to walk along the beach to a wooden walkway that led up through the dunes to a footpath out to the Alnmouth Village Golf Club (AVGC). From here we followed the road round to the southern end of Northumberland Street, the main street through the town and the end of our walk.

Following the River Aln to the sea
Following the River Aln to the sea


Heading for the path off the beach.

Footpath from the dunes out to the Golf Club House
Footpath from the dunes out to the Golf Club House

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