Warkworth, Beach Walk - Northumberland
Warkworth coastal

Visiting Coquet estuary and beach

Location OS Landranger Sheet 81 ... Start point NU255064 Length 2 miles

How to get there:- Go through Warkworth heading north on the A1068, cross the bridge over the Coquet at the bottom of the village.Take the lane immediatly on the right after the bridge and follow it uphill and along to where the lane goes left.

The car parks are immediately on the right.

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Start : From the Car park head down towards the dunes.

The first hole of the golf club is on your left.
Don't go through the gap in the dunes to the beach but take a gravel track going right and south.

The river Coquet is to your right but the flood plain and marshy ground prevents acess to the bank.

Warkworth village and castle can be seen beyond.

The track follows the bend of the river left at a distance and it becomes very sandy as it joins the southern end of the dunes.
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I was fortunate on the day of my walk to find that the tide was at it's furthest ebb letting me get these shots.
The track leads left and follows a man made breakwater round to the north side of the estuary.

You will note that venturing further is not recommended. In fact prohibited.

Coquet island is seen in the distance

I went along to make sure the figure away at the far end was all right.

Go left down on to the beach near the Prohibit sign but be careful where you step as there are a lot of awkward rocks before you get down to beach level.

The walk is now north along a beautiful flat beach with Alnmouth in the very furthest distance.

You will easily find the gap in the dunes that takes you back to your start point
For consideration, when using the countryside

This selection of walks in Northumberland follow recognised public rights of way or permissive paths and should be easy for most people to negotiate: but please remember that wet and winter weather can make paths muddy in places and the summer months produce fresh growth of vegetation - so wear suitable clothing and footwear.

If on any of these walks you find obstructions, or damage to stiles or footbridges which make paths impassible, please report these details as soon as possible to the countryside department of the Local or National Park authority responsible for the area.

Relationships between local farmers and those who use the footpaths are generally very good and there is no reason why they should not remain so given reasonable attitudes and understanding. Remember that the countryside is the farmers' livelihood, so please observe the Country Code : keep to the paths; close gates after you ; and take care not to cause damage, or leave litter; keep your dog under control; and leave all wild flowers for others to enjoy.

Taken from: Country Walks in East Tynedale by Philip R. B. Brooks (1978)

Dogs in the countryside :-

On Rights of Way - Dogs must be kept under close control, preferably on a short lead.

On Access Land - 1) Keep your dog on a short lead from 1 March to 31 July this to protect ground nesting birds from disturbance

2) Local restrictions may include a ban on dogs.

3) Note that restrictions do not apply to Guide/Hearing dogs, or if you are using a public right of way

NM Sept 2009

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