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Belford to Seahouses

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  • Bamburgh Castle in the distance
    Bamburgh Castle in the distance
    Photo: Laura Paterson, Macs Adventure
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From Belford, the path heads East to Budle Bay and then reaches the attractive village of Bamburgh.
easy
Distance 15.1 km
4:30 h
12 m
56 m
57 m
1 m
Bamburgh was the site of King Oswald’s royal seat and the most familiar landmark is the magnificent Bamburgh Castle. From here the section of the St Oswald’s Way heads down to the popular seaside village of Seahorses where you can take boat trips to the nearby Farne Island.

Author’s recommendation

The route may differ slightly from what your guidebook/GPX tracks as the trail can change year on year - The St Oswald's Way also has a lot of flexibility on routes you can take each day - for example, there are sections where you may choose to walk along the beach depending on the weather/or due to the tide, sections may not be walkable. Please ensure to follow any diversions or route changes if you come across any along the way.
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Update: May 17, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
57 m
Lowest point
1 m

Track types

Road 0.50%Unknown 99.49%
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0.1 km
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15 km
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Safety information

If there are any stretches of road walking and if there is no pavement or grass verge, please take extra care. The general rule is that you walk on the same side of the road as oncoming traffic, in order to avoid having your back directly to oncoming traffic. Be prepared to walk in single file and to stay as close to the side of the road as possible.

Please do not underestimate the difficulty of walking in Sand. This can turn an easy walk into a moderate walk if you walk large sections of it.

Please ensure you respect the sea and any tide timings as you walk.

There may be sections where you will be walking through fields containing livestock.  Be vigilant and respectful of all animals.

Start

Belford (56 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NU 10614 33797
DD
55.597687, -1.833111
DMS
55°35'51.7"N 1°49'59.2"W
UTM
30U 573528 6161922
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Destination

Seahouses

Turn-by-turn directions

*** To help you follow the route with confidence follow our tracks in conjunction with your St Oswald's way Guidebook and included map (NOTE: There may be some slight variances on the app compared to the guidebook). The St Oswald's Way is a reasonably well-waymarked route, but we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you also. ***

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Coordinates

OS Grid
NU 10614 33797
DD
55.597687, -1.833111
DMS
55°35'51.7"N 1°49'59.2"W
UTM
30U 573528 6161922
w3w 
///weeknight.stump.unto
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Equipment

Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes, and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly in England so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay. Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.

please ensure you always ensure you have plenty of water and emergency food (energy bars/trail mix) with you at all times.


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Difficulty
easy
Distance
15.1 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
12 m
Descent
56 m
Highest point
57 m
Lowest point
1 m

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