South Northumberland Coast

An urban walk from Sunderland to Cresswell along a diverse section of the England Coast Path.

3 to 6 nights
40 miles
Easy / Moderate to Strenuous

From £240 per person

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About this route

The South Northumberland Coast Path stretches from the lively city of Sunderland up to Cresswell, where it then meets with the main Northumberland Coast Path. This 39-mile route forms part of the England Coast Path National Trail, an ongoing development to create a full trail around the entire coastline of the country.

The South Northumberland Coast Path features everything you could hope for in an urban coastal walk, including beachside promenades, clifftop paths, coastal caves and, of course, lots of beautiful beaches and sandy dunes. There are plenty of amazing landmarks to see, including eroded stack formations, old lighthouses, charming harbour towns and fishing villages, and a selection of historic remnants from Roman times, the Dark Ages and the Industrial Era.

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Sunderland/Cresswell
40 miles (63 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Enjoying the fresh sea air, changing landscapes and far-reaching coastal views throughout your walk.

Hopping onto long sandy beaches, undulating sea dunes and meandering cliff paths that link together the towns and villages beside the North Sea.

Spotting a variety of wildlife off the shoreline, including nesting seabirds and playful seals.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
SNC1 From Sunderland to Cresswell(T) 3 nights, 2 days walking Strenuous£240
SNC2 From Sunderland to Cresswell(T) 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding£320
SNC3 From Sunderland to Cresswell(T) 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate£400
SNC4 From Sunderland to Cresswell(T) 6 nights, 5 days walking Easy / Moderate£480

South Northumberland Coast 3 nights, 2 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to Sunderland where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Sunderland to Seaton Sluice. 20 miles (32km)

Day 2

Seaton Sluice to Cresswell(T). 19.5 miles (31km)

Finish

Depart from Cresswell(T) after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£25.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

The South Northumberland Coast Path visits a variety of wonderful location on its journey, offering plenty to see and do along the way. If you want to explore some specific areas more thoroughly, you can extend your holiday by adding extra night stays at any of your overnight stops.

The city of Sunderland is an excellent location to spend an extra night or two. With a variety of museums to see, from the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum - which boasts an assortment of aircraft - to The National Glass Centre, where you can experience glass blowing and even walk on the glass roof. If history and heritage are more your thing, you could visit the Penshaw Monument. This 70ft high shrine provides a stunning view of the city, and if you visit between Good Friday to the end September, the hidden spiral staircase is unveiled inside one of the pillars, allowing sightseers to climb to the top of the roof for the show stopping view.

For those who prefer a more serene location for an extra night, Seaton Sluice is ideal. It is the southernmost point of the Northumberland Coast, which used to be made up of two separate villages (Seaton Sluice and Hartley). To most it is now known as Seaton Sluice, but some still consider them as separate villages. This is the ideal place for a relaxing stroll on the beach or along the harbour. You will also find that the village is well equipped with cafés, pubs, a post office and even a supermarket, offering plenty of opportunity to restock for the remainder of your holiday.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 39.5 miles (63 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 19.5 miles (31 km)
Maximum daily distance: 20 miles (32 km)
Code: SNC1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Sunderland
End of holiday: Cresswell(T)

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent to you in your holiday pack. A summary is given below:

By Air: the most convenient international airports are Newcastle Airport, Durham Valley Tees & Leeds Bradford International.

By Rail: There is a metro station at the start of the trail (Sunderland). The nearest train station to the end of the trail (Cresswell) is at Widdrington (about 5 miles).

By Bus: Various bus services run to Sunderland and from Cresswell.

From London: Trains run regularly from London Kings Cross to Sunderland.

Return to the start of the trail: The easiest way is to catch the bus from Cresswell to Widdrington Station, then take the train to Sunderland.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Routes on this trail

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72 miles
Easy to Demanding
Dog friendly
From £540 per person
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Easy+
Dog friendly
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