Spittal Main Street ends in a stony track which climbs steeply to cliff top fields. Through a farm gate, a pair of wheel ruts in short turf show the line of the track running around a series of bays and headlands towards the distant landmark of Lindisfarne Castle. This ancient route was once walked by monks traveling from Scottish priories to Holy Island. Now it’s part of the Northumberland Coast Path leading from Berwick to Newcastle through an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which offers ‘some of the finest coastal scenery in Europe’.
Our starting point for walks on the coast path is Berwick but guides to the route all assume you start at the southern end, walking with the sun and the prevailing wind at your back.
The coast path doesn’t follow the old route through Spittal village but instead snakes down a grassy bank to join the seaside promenade.