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Beadnell Bay Walk
We started this walk at Newton Links car park and followed the beach north to Beadnell returning by the footpath behind the dunes.
Total distance - just under 5.5 miles.
Parking - Newton Links.
Toilets - at Beadnell car park.
We parked in the car park at Newton Links (parking charges).
To reach this car park we turned left at High Newton-by-the-Sea and followed a narrow road for about half a mile: OS Ref. NO. 23564 25968.
Leaving the car park we passed through a kissing gate on the north side and followed the footpath that leads almost immediately right, through the dunes to the beach.
When we reached the beach we turned left and were greeted with a view the full length of the bay as far as Beadnell Village and Harbour.
As the tide was low it was easier walking nearer the water on firmer damp sand rather than ploughing through the soft sand near the dunes which is very soft in dry weather.
We walked north along the beach until we reached a hut in the dunes.
Shortly after the hut we turned inland towards the footbridge that crosses a burn flowing into the sea at this point.
Note: Apparently the National Trust rope off part of the beach here during the breeding season for Terns so it is not always accessible.
The tide was very low and it was tempting to walk across this burn. Horse riders crossed it OK but we didn't take a chance and would not advise others to either.
After we crossed the footbridge we turned right and back onto the beach, passing large steep dunes on the way to Beadnell Harbour.
When we reached the north end of Beadnell Bay we could see the entrance to the harbour opposite.
This is the only harbour on the east coast of England with it's entrance facing west.
As we walked around to the harbour we passed a ramp and path to Beadnell car park - handy for the toilets.
The harbour had only a few fishing boats moored and was a pleasant place to rest on the seats next to the old Lime Kilns.
A footpath between the Lime Kilns and houses took us back onto the coast.
We followed the path along the grassy headland and then turned back onto the road and followed the signs back to Beadnell car park.
We then walked through the car park to the Caravan Park entrance and followed the track to the left which took us to another Caravan Park.
We followed the path through this Caravan Park until it emerged onto rough ground.
After a short distance we reached the footbridge we crossed earlier.
Then, after crossing the bridge we continued along the path behind the dunes past Newton Links - a nature reserve.
We followed the footpath from here back to the start point at the car park.
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