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Embleton Bay at low water
Embleton Bay at low water

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Route No. 663 - Sunday 26 March 2017
Dunstan Steads, Embleton Bay, Low Newton,
Embleton Links, Embleton circuit - 7km
Northumberland Coast . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 332 Alnwick & Amble
and OS Explorer 340 Holy Island & Bamburgh


Path across the links to the beach from the parking area below Dunstan Steads
Path across the links to the beach from the parking area below Dunstan Steads

Footpath through the sand dunes to Embleton Bay
Footpath through the sand dunes to Embleton Bay

Walking around Embleton Bay
Walking around Embleton Bay

At the beach we turned left to walk around Embleton Bay northwards to Low Newton-by-the-Sea. The tide was well out and we were able to walk on the firm damp sand that the receding tide had left behind. After about 800m (map ref. NU 243 233) we came to the point where the Embleton Burn crosses the beach to the sea. The burn is quite deep where it cuts through the dunes but it spreads out into a wide but shallow area as it crosses the sands. We were able to walk through it in our hiking boots with no problem. Behind the dunes there is a footbridge over the burn but it's a bit of a detour from the beach.

My wife & I are spending this week in a holiday cottage on the Northumberland coast near Embleton at Dunstan Steads overlooking Embleton Bay. We have our daughter's dog Max, a black laborador, with us. This morning the weather was again just perfect for a walk with bright sunshine, clear blue sky and a cool breeze. Just below Dunstan Steads there is a popular road side parking area where my description of this walk starts. From the parking area, map ref. NU 244 224, we followed the public footpath across Embleton Links (a National Trust property), through the sand dunes and down to the beach.

Emerging from the dunes into Embleton Bay
Emerging from the dunes into Embleton Bay

Walking around Embleton Bay nearing the Embleton Burn
Walking around Embleton Bay nearing the Embleton Burn

Shanty town in the dunes around Embleton Bay
Shanty town in the dunes around Embleton Bay

Shanty town in the dunes around Embleton Bay
Shanty town in the dunes around Embleton Bay


Approaching Low Newton along the beach

From the Embleton Burn we continued along the beach for about 1.3km to the hamlet of Low Newton-by-the-Sea. We stopped here for a coffee and a light lunch at the Ship Inn where there were some tables outside looking over the village green to the sea.

Beyond the Embleton Burn there is a large shanty town of chalets built amongst the dunes. These beach chalets are now owned by the National Trust. Personally I like them. I think they enhance the character of the bay.

Walking around Embleton Bay towards Low Newton
Walking around Embleton Bay towards Low Newton

Approaching Low Newton along the beach
Approaching Low Newton along the beach

Approaching Low Newton along the beach
Approaching Low Newton along the beach

The square & green at Low Newton
The square & green at Low Newton

Leaving Low Newton Northumberland Coast Path
Leaving Low Newton Northumberland Coast Path

Tundra Bean Goose (standing) & Greylag Goose (sitting)
Tundra Bean Goose (standing) & Greylag Goose (sitting)

The bean geese are winter visitors from the arctic tundra of northern Scandinavia. As we reached the edge of the nature reserve there was a bird watching hide on the right of the path giving a good view across the lake to watch the wild fowl there.

After our break we followed the route of the Northumberland Coast Path around Low Newton to head in a southerly direction towards the Newton Pool Nature Reserve. As we approached the nature reserve there was a mixed flock of greylag geese and tundra bean geese feeding on the cropped grass.

Northumberland Coast Path going around Low Newton
Northumberland Coast Path going around Low Newton

Flock of Greylag & Bean Geese near Newton Pool
Flock of Greylag & Bean Geese near Newton Pool

Bird watching hide at Newton Pool nature reserve
Bird watching hide at Newton Pool nature reserve


Coast path at Newton Pool nature reserve

Ponies helping to keep the coarse grass under control
Ponies helping to keep the coarse grass under control

Passing the shanty town in the dunes
Passing the shanty town in the dunes

Embleton Burn cutting through the dunes
Embleton Burn cutting through the dunes

We followed the path along the edge of the golf course (Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club) to a path across the golf course to the road beside the Club House. The cafe at the golf club house is open to the public.

We continued along the path outside the nature reserve fence, around the lake and up across the dunes through the shanty town of chalets. We followed the path along the dunes and down to the edge of the links golf course.

Coast path skirting the edge of the Newton Pool reserve
Coast path skirting the edge of the Newton Pool reserve

The coast path along the dunes
The coast path along the dunes

Path across the golf links to the road at the club house
Path across the golf links to the road at the club house


Nearing the golf club house and the road up to Embleton

Path by the road up to Embleton
Path by the road up to Embleton

Heading out of Embleton towards Dunstan
Heading out of Embleton towards Dunstan

Our turning left towards Dunstan Steads
Our turning left towards Dunstan Steads

From the bridge we continued for another 500m to Dunstan Steads and then the road side parking area was about 150m further on to the end of our walk. The whole route had been 7km and it had taken us almost four hours including our lunch stop at Low Newton and a view from the hide at the nature reserve.

From the club house we walked up the road, called Sea Lane, to the village of Embleton. At the crossroads at the top of the rise we turned left heading south out of the village. Just beyond the edge of the village at map ref. NU 233 222, we turned left at the road junction. We followed this road for about 600m to the road bridge over the Embleton Burn.

Our road out of Embleton from the crossroads
Our road out of Embleton from the crossroads

Weather vane as we left Embleton
Weather vane as we left Embleton

Approaching Dunstan Steads
Approaching Dunstan Steads

Looking along the road at Dunstan Steads to the parking area next to the links at the end of our walk
Looking along the road at Dunstan Steads to the parking area next to the links at the end of our walk

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