04/02/2022

Bamburgh Castle circular walk via Budle Bay - one of the best short Northumberland Walks

 

Bamburgh castle walk Budle bay best views northumberland walks
The majestic Bamburgh Castle - you'll get the best views of the castle on this walk, which is one of the best walks in Northumberland 

Bamburgh Castle walk details:

Bambugh Castle Walk Distance: 3.43 miles
Bambugh Castle Walk Time: 1.5-2hours
Bambugh Castle Walk Difficulty: Easy (be mindful of the tides though!)


This short walk is an absolute beauty and one of my favourites in Northern England - read on to discover more about this route with maps and photos



Bamburgh Castle walk map route: 

Map route Bamburgh castle walk Budle bay best views northumberland walks
This is a relatively quick walk of around 1.5-2 hours and goes in a clockwise direction. You head west out of the lovely village of Bamburgh and then head to Budle bay via Newtown. You then skirt around Budle Bay and head to Black Rocks Point which is a good place for a stop to soak up the best views of Bamburgh Castle on the return leg of the walk

If you don't have a Phone Map App - I really recommend downloading the one by Ordnance Survey. You can download route maps to your phone such as this one and the app will show you exactly where you are on the route even when you have no signal! It's great to know exactly where you are on the map and where to go as following routes can be tricky and I'd be lost without it (literally :-) Click the link below to find out more.



Photos of what to expect on this Bamburgh Castle walk:


Bamburgh castle walk Budle bay best views northumberland walks
We park up for free in the main street that runs through Bamburgh and the views of the castle are already pretty impressive - but we head away from the castle and will return to it at the end of the walk where the stunning views will be a fitting end to one of Northumberlands best short walks

As we head out of Bamburgh village we walk along the roadside and pass the likes of St.Aidens church 

We come of the roadside path at this point and then head through the fields towards Newtown Hill

We then follow the clear path that skirt around Newtown Hill 

The footpath then takes you to and through Bamburgh Golf course - make sure you stay on the footpath and keep your eyes open for golf balls ;-)

You want to be heading straight for Newtown farm cottages

After passing the cottages you'll get your first unobstructed view of the stunning sight that is Budle Bay


The route then takes you past these caravans that have amazing views of Budle Bay

It's back onto the golf course to skirt around the edge of a green  -  and a little check of the GPS map to make sure we are actually going the right way haha

Bamburgh castle walk Budle bay best views northumberland walks
Budle Bay in all it's glory - what a sight - you can even make out Holy Island from here. In the distance there must be a shower as part of a rainbow appears. Unfortunately the wind is blowing from that direction! 
 
Bamburgh castle walk Budle bay best views northumberland walks
You are left with an option at this point to either follow the path on the grass, head along the dunes - or you can even walk on the beach if the tide is out. We choose the dunes! 

Bamburgh castle walk Budle bay best views northumberland walks
After Budle Point we get on the beach and it's a bit of a windy day - so it certainly blows the cobwebs away

Getting some fresh sea air

Bamburgh castle walk Budle bay best views northumberland walks
Admiring the rainbow and its getting more vibrant  - great for a pic - but it also means a shower is incoming!

Heading towards Black Rocks Point lighthouse - where  we'll stop for a brew and find shelter from the wind.

Bamburgh castle walk Budle bay best views northumberland walks
It's a full rainbow now - don't see these very often what a sight!

Bamburgh castle walk Budle bay best views northumberland walks
When we get to the lighthouse we glimpse Bamburgh Castle once more and the views are incredible. This is where we take a pit stop, grab some food and soak up this rugged Northumberland coastline 

Bamburgh castle walk Budle bay best views northumberland walks
The majestic Bamburgh Castle - you'll get the best views of the castle on this walk

Looking back towards the lighthouse - notice the painting in the rocks! I'm not sure anyone knows how that got there or why?

Bamburgh castle walk Budle bay best views northumberland walks
It's a photographers dream on this section of the walk and the best views of Bamburgh Castle are to be had around here on Harkess Rocks 

Bamburgh castle walk Budle bay best views northumberland walks
Most of the beautiful photographs you see of Bamburgh Castle are from around this little area as the rocks give an intestine foreground to off set the majestic Bamburgh Castle

We now head right up close to Bamburgh Castle

If you have time the castle itself is certainly worth a visit inside

Bamburgh castle walk Budle bay best views northumberland walks
What an impressive building. Although the structure has changed and evolved over the years a castle has stood on these rocks for over 1400 years! 

Bamburgh castle walk Budle bay best views northumberland walks
It's actually raining now quite heavily so we don't hang around long and head back to the car  for a quick change before grabing some food and a drink in the village (I really recommend the Potted Lobster - it's a homely Michellin restaurant serving great local seafood). 

That wraps another walk report up - I hope it inspires you to want to try the walk route for yourself. In my humble opinion it is the best short walk in Northumberland, on one of my favourite UK beaches - and the view of Bamburgh Castle is one of my all time favourites too! 


Happy Hiking!



Post by Stuart Hodgson 
'The Hiking Photographer'


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