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Duncan Lawrence, Chris Hartnell, Patrick Norris and staff from the National Landscape Team and Northumberland County Council launching the new guide

Photo: Iain Robson

A new guidebook for the Northumberland Coast Path was launched today (1st March 2024) at the Drift Café near the start of the route at Cresswell.

The Northumberland Coast Path was opened in 2006 offers some of the finest coastal walking in Europe. The Northumberland Coast Path follows this stunningly beautiful coastline for 112 kilometres (70 miles) from Cresswell in the south to Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north. Along sandy beaches, over rocky headlands, past dramatic castles and through attractive coastal villages, the Northumberland Coast Path offers a constantly changing landscape, which is a pleasure to explore.

The new official guidebook includes stunning photography and detailed maps and route descriptions. This is the third edition of the guidebook, the first being published when the path opened in 2006. This edition includes several changes to the route, where the opening of the King Charles III England Coast Path has created better access to the coast.

Launching the new guidebook, Patrick Norris, Chair of the Northumberland Coast National Landscape said “The Northumberland Coast Path has encouraged local people and visitors to get out and explore the coastline for nearly 20 years. Many thousands of walkers have completed the whole route whilst millions of visitors have walked sections of it in that time.

“This new guidebook will help to ensure that thousands more walkers will have a quality experience on the coast. I would like to thank the rights of way team from Northumberland County Council who maintain the trail and the National Landscape Team who maintain the website, social media and coordinate over 35 voluntary path wardens.

“I would also like to thank Chris Hartnell and the team at Northern Heritage who have designed, printed and published the stunning new book.” 
Duncan Lawrence, owner of the Drift Café who hosted the launch event said “We are proud to support the Northumberland Coast Path, whilst the Northumberland coast is increasingly busy, providing  opportunities for people to leave their cars behind and get out on foot to explore the coastline is increasingly important. We know that visitors who arrive without a car spend significantly more in the local economy. We are always delighted to hear feedback from walkers when they visit the Drift Café and I am sure that they will love the new guidebook”

The new guidebook is available from the Northumberland Coast Path website  and local outlets including the Drift Café in Cresswell and Northern Heritage at Blagdon. The guidebook was written by Iain Robson from the Northumberland Coast National Landscape and published by Northern Heritage Ltd.

Photo: Guidebook launch at the Drift Café in Cresswell.
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