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    Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point Walk

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    Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point Walk

    The Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point Walk is a fantastic adventure in Northumberland that will take you to explore a scenic coastal path with views of an iconic Norman Era castle. While out walking the trail, you will pass by the imposing Bamburgh Castle to walk along a rocky and sandy trail along the coast, before looping around the countryside on the return leg through the village of Bamburgh. This is an amazing walking route that can be enjoyed by a wide variety of age and skill levels.

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    Route Description for Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point Walk

    Although the Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point Walk is a fairly laid back journey, there are still some rugged sections of trail, particularly those along the coast. Be sure to wear proper footwear in order to better traverse these areas. Additionally, the trail will likely be very busy during peak hours, so if you would like to avoid the crowds, try timing your walk for a week day or out of peak season.

    While this may be an extremely popular walking route, it is for good reason, as the stunning views looking out onto the blue expanse of the North Sea and the chance to explore the historic grounds of Bamburgh Castle are a truly unforgettable experience. If you find yourself in the area and have the opportunity to check this trail out, then you should certainly do so!

    Setting out from the Links Road car park, you will head across the road to the northwest and pick up the track, keeping straight along it to pass by the imposing structure of Bamburgh Castle. If you want to take some time to explore the Norman Era castle itself, you can make a detour to the right here and pay the admission fee to further explore the grounds.

    If the aim of your day on the trails is simply to complete the walk while taking in the beautiful scenery, continue along the path to the northwest, passing by the castle green on your left and following the trail as it leads down towards the beach. This section of the route doesn’t really have a trail, so you will need to simply continue along the beach to the northwest while taking in the stunning views across the North Sea.

    After climbing uphill, you will pass by the Bamburgh Lighthouse and continue along the rugged landscape of the coast, traversing Budle Point to eventually arrive at a gun emplacement overlooking the sandy edge of Budle Bay. From here, you will make your way south along the edge of a golf course in order to arrive at the edge B1342. Turning left along the road, you will follow it to the southeast in order to pass through the charming village of Bamburgh, where you can pop into the Copper Kettle Tea Rooms for some post-walk refreshments. From here, it is a quick jaunt along the road to return to the car park where you began the Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point Walk.

    Trail Highlights

    Bamburgh Castle

    Located along the northeast coast of England, Bamburgh Castle is an imposing structure that is situated atop the site of a celtic fort known as Din Guarie. While the original structure was eventually destroyed by Viking raiders in 993 CE, it was later rebuilt by the Normans and constitutes the base of the castle that still stands today. By the 17th Century, the castle had fallen into disrepair; however, it was renovated throughout the 18th and 19th Centuries, eventually being finished by the industrialist William Armstrong, whose family still lives there today.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who owns Bamburgh Castle?

    Bamburgh Castle has been owned by the Armstrong family ever since the Victorian Era industrialist William Armstrong purchased it in 1894.

    How many bedrooms does Bamburgh Castle have?

    Situated on 9.3 acres, Bamburgh Castle features 11 bedrooms and 8 reception areas.

    Insider Hints for Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point Walk

    • If you are looking to avoid the crowds, you should try this walk on a weekday or during the off season.
    • Wear proper walking footwear to better traverse the rocky terrain along the coast.
    • Keep your dog on a lead and be sure to clean up after them.
    • Public toilets can be found in the village of Bamburgh.
    • Those looking to explore the castle will need to pay an admission fee to do so.

    Getting to the Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point Walk Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point Walk can be found at the Links Road Long Stay Car Park next to Bamburgh Castle.

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