Alnmouth to Warkworth Walk

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Easy
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2-2.5h
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9.0 km
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118 m
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Alnmouth to Warkworth Walk

The Alnmouth to Warkworth Walk is a wonderfully scenic coastal adventure in Northumberland that offers views of the sea and the chance to visit an historic castle. While out walking the trail, you will follow the River Aln to the coast to enjoy spectacular views looking onto the North Sea, before travelling inland to the 12th Century Warkworth Castle along the River Coquet. This is a great walking route for anyone interested in Medieval English history or experiencing beautiful seaside views.

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Route Description for Alnmouth to Warkworth Walk

Although it isn’t an overly challenging route, the Alnmouth to Warkworth Walk does traverse some rugged coastal terrain, which will require proper walking shoes to safely traverse. Additionally, the beach portion of this route doesn’t feature a trail and will require some very basic navigation, so bring a GPS if you are worried about losing your way. Lastly, you will need to pay an entrance fee if you are hoping to fully explore Warkworth Castle.

Featuring historic ruins and beautifully scenic views across the North Sea, the Alnmouth to Warkworth Walk is a fantastic adventure that is suitable for walkers of nearly every skill level. If you enjoy spending time by the sea or visiting Medieval Castles, then this route will certainly be of interest to you!

Setting out from the Alnmouth railway station, you will make your way east through Hipsburn, following along South View/B1338 for 0.5 mi before picking up a footpath on your right. Heading towards the south, you will follow the path as it traverses a marshy stretch of land along the River Aln for 0.4 mi, eventually veering west to arrive near the edge of a road. Here, the trail will turn back to the south and run parallel to the road, continuing on for another 0.9 mi to arrive at a junction.

Turning to the left and ontlo a lane, you will keep right along it for the next 0.6 mi, where you will eventually turn left onto a footpath that will lead you down to the beach. This section of the route doesn’t feature a trail and utilizes the beach, so just make sure to keep the sea on your left, which shouldn’t be too troubling of a task.

Continue along the beach for the next 1.9 mi and take some time to appreciate the stunning views looking out onto the North Sea, before picking up a trail on your right that will lead you away from the water’s edge. Keeping straight here for 0.6 mi, you will head west and through the Warkworth Dunes Picnic Site to eventually arrive at the edge of the A1068.

Make a left here and cross the bridge over the River Coquet, following the road for 0.3 mi through Warkworth to pick up a trail on your right at a bend in the road. From here, you will follow the path past the impressive 12th Century ruins of Warkworth Castle, where you will arrive at the endpoint of the Alnmouth to Warkworth Walk.

Trail Highlights

Warkworth Castle

Situated in the village of Warkworth along the banks of the River Coquet, Warkworth Castle is an impressive fortification that dates back to the 12th Century. The castle was built either by Prince Henry of Scotland, Earl of Northumbria, or possibly by King Henry II of England, although it is unclear which exactly is responsible. The originally timber-built structure was later converted to stone in the 13th Century, during periods of heightened conflict with the neighbouring Scots.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who built Warkworth Castle?

Although it isn’t entirely known for certain, Warkworth Castle was built either by Prince Henry of Scotland or King Henry II of England after his forces captured the area.

Can you enter Warkworth Castle?

Members of the public are permitted to enter Warkworth Castle for a fee, although it is always advisable to book your ticket in advance.

Insider Hints for Alnmouth to Warkworth Walk

  • Bring a trail map or GPS in order to stay on track.
  • Wear proper walking shoes capable of traversing rugged coastal terrain.
  • As Warkworth Castle is operated by English Heritage, there is a fee to enter and explore the site.

Getting to the Alnmouth to Warkworth Walk Trailhead

The trailhead for the Alnmouth to Warkworth Walk can be found in Hipsburn at the Alnmouth railway station.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    One Way

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