Northumberland Coast Guidebooks and Maps
Below, RambleFest displays details of Northumberland Coast guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online.
The bright, wild and lonely Northumberland Coast sweeps along some of Britain’s finest beaches and is internationally noted for its wildlife. The AONB, a narrow coastal strip, stretches from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Amble. Soft sandstone and limestone rocks dipping gently as a plain to the sea make this essentially a low-lying coast with long views. Open miles of beach are backed in places by extensive sand dunes and the AONB takes in the island of Lindisfarne and its treacherous intertidal flats, as well as the numerous small islands and rocks of the Farne Islands further out from the coast.
Where the coastline is broken by the Whin Sill, ancient black basalt meets the sea in low headlands and rocky coves, dramatic setting for Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh Castles and shelter for working harbours such as Craster.
Northumberland Coast Guidebooks
We display the rambling books we have found. Some are out of print, but available from third parties via Amazon. We welcome suggestions for inclusion.
See also our Northumberland page.
“The Northumberland coastline stretches from the outskirts of Newcastle up to the Scottish border at Berwick-upon-Tweed – a popular holiday destination for its wild and sweeping landscape of endless beaches of pale sand, succession of spectacular castles like Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh, congenial resorts like Alnmouth, and unique offshore attractions like Holy Island and the Farne Islands. Now, Roland Tarr’ s new Trail Guide maps out the walker’ s route along the entire coast, starting from the centre of Newcastle and including an extension beyond Berwick to the seabird crags of St Abb’ s Head.
Along the way the guide covers the remarkable industrial heritage of this coastline – the coalmining town of Ashington that gave birth to both the Ashington Group of Pitmen Painters and the Charlton brothers – and its fabulous wildlife, with seals and puffins off the shore. From a handsome Tyneside city to a distinguished border town straddling the Tweed, this is a superbly bracing walking country for the ever-increasing number of tourists who discover Northumberland every year.”
– Northumberland Coast Path: Recreational Path Guide (Trail Guides)
“Northumberland is England’s most northern county, a magical place filled with ancient castles, golden sand beaches, rolling hills, rugged moorland and friendly little Northumberland towns and villages. This much-awaited addition to the award-nominated series of easy walking guides is an affordable and practical guide to 40 of the best family walks in the region.”
– Northumberland: 40 Coast and Country Walks
“The Northumberland coastline, from the mouth of the Tyne to Berwick upon Tweed, has its share of craggy cliffs and long, sandy beaches. Yet once one moves beyond the Tyneside conurbation in the south, it has the feel of a neglected beauty. Much of the scenery of the Northumberland coast derives from its rich industrial heritage, as everywhere can be seen the quarries from which the coal and limestone were harvested. In most places these have been reclaimed by Nature, and are now thriving wildlife reserves. The ten selected walks, varying in length from 2 to 5 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk and together cover the full spectrum of what the coast has to offer. They can be enjoyed during half a day, or combined with a few hours on a beach, and in most cases could be shortened without loss of essential character.
Halsgrove’s new-format guidebook, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to the area.”
– A Boot Up the Northumberland Coast
Other Northumberland Coast Books
“In The Northumberland Coast acclaimed photographer Joe Cornish records his visual impressions of a landscape that has enchanted him: its vast sandy bays and some of the most beautiful beaches in England, great castles such as Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh that are windswept memorials to a bygone age, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne with its compelling tidal causeway, fishing boats, colonies of seabirds, and uncommercialized coastal towns and villages. Supported by a commentary that blends recollections with historical anecdotes, his photographs capture the region’s subtle beauty, intimacy and space.”
– The Northumberland Coast, by Frances Lincoln and Joe Cornish.
Northumberland Coast Maps
The Ordnance Survey `Explorer’ maps are available in standard quality (shown) as well as the all-weather type. We also include the Harvey map of the Northumberland Coast Path.