Bamburgh and Budle Bay – Feb 2020


Date: 29th February 2020
Start time: 10 am
Distance: 5 miles
Difficulty: Easy

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Bamburgh and Budle Bay

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This is a lovely walk taking in both Bamburgh and Budle Bay.  Bamburgh Castle is one of the iconic landmarks of the Northumberland Coast.  It is a must see when visiting this area.  Just round the corner from here is Budle Bay, a beautiful tidal bay, where seabirds feed.


Hills: General - AscentKey1-98x27 Some small hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey0-98x27 Short distance
Grade: General - GradeKey1-98x27 Easy
Map: General - 340-HolyIslandBamburgh-Map-thumb
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We will start in one of the beach car parks to the North of Bamburgh and take the coastal path round to Budle Bay.  This will provide spectacular views of the coastline and out to sea.

Harkness Rocks

On the way to Budle Bay, we will pass Harkness Rocks.  There is a lighthouse on Blackrocks Point, that most people will be familiar with, as it is probably the second most photographed building in this area.  Obviously, the first is the Castle itself.  Another interesting feature of Harkness Rocks is the painting of a stag on the rocks.

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Budle Point

Before we head inland, we will descend towards the beach.  There are several WW2 structures around this bay but the building at this point is actually a remnant of when this bay was an active port.

Back to Bamburgh

Just past the bay we will turn back inland and follow the main road back into Bamburgh.  We will also take this opportunity to visit the newly opened Bamburgh Ossuary.  This is situated in the crypt of The Parish Church of St Aidan and contains the bones found during an excavation of the dunes close by.

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Castle and sand

We will finish the walk by walking round the back of the castle and down onto the beach.  Following the beach back to the car park, we reach another landmark of Bamburgh, the decorated tank traps.

After we finish, we will head back into the village for tea and cake.

Hope to see you there.

Julie & Martin x

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This shows the start location for this walk.

Nearest postcode:   NE69 7DD
OS Grid Reference:  NU17737 35469

Parking: When driving along The Winding, the car park is the 2nd beach car park.  It is higher than the first one, sitting on top of the dunes.