Northumberland coastal walk makes national Top 10

A spectacular coastal walk in Northumberland has been rated by the National Trust as one of the best in the country

Dunstanburgh Castle has been selected by National Trust experts as one of the top ten secret walks
Dunstanburgh Castle has been selected by National Trust experts as one of the top ten secret walks

A spectacular coastal walk in Northumberland has been rated by the National Trust as one of the best in the country.

To celebrate the launch of the Great British Walk annual walking festival this weekend, the trust has drawn up a list of trails that can only be accessed by foot.

The walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle and Low Newton has made the Top 10.

The list has been put together following research showing that just over a quarter of people in the North East rarely go for walks.

And 21% never venture more than 500 metres from their car on an outing.

Despite this, 72% of people in the region described a feeling of euphoria on reaching the summit of a walk or a viewpoint.

The Top 10 walks each offer something special with the route from Craster to Low Newton chosen for its views, taking in the coastline and the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

Simon Lee, National Trust general manager for the Northumberland Coast said: “We’re delighted that the walk was selected and we hope The Great British Walk this year encourages people to experience new places on foot.

“With 89% agreeing walking is one of life’s simple pleasures, hopefully our top ten list shows there is something for everyone to enjoy in the outdoors. “

Jane Lancaster, trust ranger for the Northumberland Coast, said: “Along the Northumberland Coast there are so many special places to walk and we hope that people will be inspired to try this walk or venture somewhere new to explore by foot.

“The Northumberland coast is such an unspoilt area and I’m lucky enough to count this part of the world as my ‘office’ – it’s where I come to work every day.

“It’s such a lovely place to walk whether that be along the beach or the dunes and coastal footpath – you’re always sure to see something different when you’re out and about.

“At this time of year, there are still plenty of butterflies flittering about as well as the last of the summer seabirds, such as puffins, terns and guillemots.

“It’ll soon be the perfect time to look out for seals bobbing in the sea.

“We’ve also got the spectacular ruin of Dunstanburgh Castle.”

Dr Katie Tryon, head of clinical vitality at PruHealth, sponsor of the Great British Walks, said: “Walking is a therapy that stimulates all the senses. It’s a wonderful way to relax, relieve stress and help lift your mood as it encourages the release of serotonin, the natural feel good chemical, as well as endorphins, known as happy hormones. It can also re-energise you and help you sleep better and it’s free.”

Following the success of last year’s festival, in addition to the 10 new discovery walks, there are now also 205 downloadable walks on the National Trust website with over 400 properties taking part in organised walks and over 2,000 walking events.

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