Newton Pool coastal walk

Walking trail

Enjoy a gentle walk alongside the Northumberland coast with plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities along the way.

An easy coastal walk with lots to discover

Remember to bring your binoculars as there are great views and lots of birds to spot from the beach and wildlife hides. The first part of the walk (points 1 to 4) is an all-ability trail. Newton pool hide is currently closed due to Covid 19.

Newton Pool near Embleton Bay, Northumberland


Map route for Newton Pool coastal walk


Low Newton car park, grid ref: NU239248


Start at the public car park above Low Newton. Head down the hill to the village square the road is quite steep. Low Newton is an 18th century fishing hamlet, with white-washed cottages and an historic pub set around a pretty village green. You can't miss the spectacular view of the ruins of 14th-century Dunstanburgh Castle straight ahead.

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As you arrive at the square in the village take the right hand turn, following the road behind the square by the National Trust information board. The first 0.3 of a mile (0.5km) to Newton Pool hides, has a surfaced track suitable for wheelchair access.


Turn left behind the Ship Inn and follow the road south past the back of the cottages, parallel with the sea shore. Continue past the Boat Park, checking the field to your right for visiting wetland and coastal birds on the muddy scrape.


Continue on the track past Risemoor Cottage, a former fisherman's pub, through a small woodland path until you see the two wildlife hides on your right facing into the waters at Newton Pool. You can now reverse your route back to Low Newton or continue on to point 5.

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Continue southward from the bird hide, and after about 33yd (30m) the path forks. Take the left track past some beach bungalows in the dunes. Head for the centre of the green space where a waymarker shows the path through bracken leading to wooden steps to the beach.


Take in the spectacular views of Dunstanburgh Castle across Embleton Bay before turning left on the beach and heading back toward the village. As you arrive back in the village square of Low Newton by the Sea take time to relax on the beach, picnic on the village green or explore the shoreline and rockpools.

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Low Newton car park, grid ref: NU239248

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Newton Pool coastal walk


Well-made pavements and tracks from points 1 to 4, then an uneven grassy path. One steep hill at point 1 and steps leading down to the beach at point 5.

Responsible dog owners are welcome. Please keep dogs on leads near to the bird hide at Newton Pool at point 4.

Newton Pool coastal walk

How to get here

Low Newton, Northumberland
By train

Alnmouth station, 9 miles (14.4km).

By road

Off A1, Newcastle to Berwick-upon-Tweed, then B1340 from Alnwick onto B1339 which runs parallel to the coast. Minor roads lead to Newton.

By foot

Northumberland Coast Path (part of the North Sea Trail) passes through Newton Point from Beadnell Bay in the north and Craster in the south.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 1 passes through Embleton village, then 2 miles (3.2km) along minor roads to start of walk.

Newton Pool coastal walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome, please keep on leads near to bird hide at point 4