Fancy going for a walk … ?

Given its situation, there are plenty of wonderful walks around South Meadows.

They vary from easy and gentle strolls … right up to energy sapping expeditions.

So, all you have to do is choose the type of walk you want … and then go for it!

There are one or two helpful websites describing some these walks … most of which are within easy reach of South meadows.  Also, quite a lot of them are ‘circular’ … so you can park your car at the start … follow the route and enjoy the walk … ending up back at your car.

Walking along the south shore of Budle bay

Here are a few useful websites … but you can always do your own search, for example:

  • Costal walks in Northumberland
  • North Northumberland walks
  • Circular walks in Northumberland
  • Walks around Wooler

View from Moss Ridge, west of Belford


In the meantime, here’s a nice easy circular walk around High and Low Newton by the Sea.  It’s just under 3 miles and can be completed easily in a couple of hours.

To get to the start, drive south from Seahouses, through Beadnell, on the B1340.  Keep driving south until you see a sign for Newton by the Sea (and the Joiners Arms … yes, I know there should be an apostrophe) and take this turning off to the left.

As you enter High Newton, the road swings left to the north.  Drive past the Joiners Arms, taking the left-hand fork and continue down this road (it’s more or less single track) until you arrive at a Northumberland County Council car park on the right.

This is where you park.  Its precise coordinates are 55°31’39.4″N 1°37’42.2″W … or 55.527623, -1.628392.

Walk around Low & High Newton

From the car park walk east across the dunes for a short distance onto the beach at the southern end of Beadnell bay and turn right … more or less south-east.

The beach gives way to the rocks of Snook Point … this is where you need to pick your way through a few stones and get onto the dunes … it’s not very high.

Looking north over Beadnell Bay from the Snook

Keep walking south across the grassy area of the Snook, until you can drop down onto the sands of Football Hole.  At the southern end of this bay, you’ll need to climb back up onto the dunes and follow their edge onto Newton Point.

Looking north over Football Hole from Newton Point

Then, follow the shore line (above the rocks) walking more or less west towards Low Newton.  Here you’ll find the Ship Inn; they serve food and drink and have an excellent reputation.

Looking south towards Dunstanburgh from Newton Point

From Low Newton, the walk now takes you up the road.  At the top of the hill you can turn around and enjoy a spectacular view down Embleton Bay to the iconic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

From here, you continue north back into High Newton, past (or via) the Joiners Arms taking the left-hand fork back down the lane to the car park where you started.

Whether you choose to walk along the coast or inland you’ll not be disappointed in the walks around South Meadows.