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Spittal - Cocklawburn Cliff Walk
We started this walk from the car park at the north end of Spittal Beach beside the old chimney.
The route we followed took us along the promenade and up onto the cliff top footpath beside the railway. Turning inland towards Scremerston we returned along tracks and footpaths through the countryside and back down into Spittal.
Distance - About 5 miles
Parking - Spittal
Toilets - None - nearest in Berwick
1) From the car park we walked along the footpath to Spittal Promenade. (If the tide is out the beach is an alternative to the path and promenade.)
2) We walked along the promenade and took the last path into the village before reaching the playing field.
3) Turning left onto the Main Street we walked to the end and then turned right onto the track / road that leads up towards the railway.
A Northumberland Coast sign marked the way here.
4) We followed the track uphill, overlooking the playing field and south end of the promenade.
5) A great vantage point a little further along provided us with a great view along the full length of the promenade and beach.
6) The path soon levelled out and after passing through a gate the views to the south along the cliffs opened up.
Between Bear's Head and Huds Head some of the cliffs fall away to the shore like huge slabs.
7) The path took us alongside the main east coast railway line where high speed trains regularly roared past us. The passengers were no doubt enjoying the views on this spectacular part of the line.
8) Further along the path Gorse was flowering profusely on the cliff edges, enhancing the views down the coast.
In the distance Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle could be seen. This view can be confusing because Bamburgh Castle appears to be inland from Lindisfarne Castle!
9) We continued along the cliff-top path, stopping to enjoy the views in both directions.
10) Eventually, after passing the large house overlooking the sea we reached the road from Scremerston to Cocklawburn.
Here we turned right along the road towards the level crossing.
11) After a while we came to a junction beside Borewell Farm where we turned right. At this point we could have turned left and detoured through Scremerston, but decided to leave that for the next time.
12) We walked along this road until we came to a sharpish left hand bend. Here we passed through a gate onto a wide track. The footpath sign here said "Cow Road".
13) Following the track we reached another gate which we passed through, crossing a track onto a narrow footpath on the other side.
14) Along the narrow path we continued until we reached a tarmac road.
15) Passing through a kissing gate we turned right and walked along the road towards Seaview. There were more fine views along the coast from here.
16) We soon reached the large static caravan site where the road dropped steeply downhill towards the coast.
17) At the bottom of the hill we turned left and followed the road to the railway.
18) We turned right, over the level crossing and followed the road back down into Spittal.
19) We turned left and walked along Main Street, passing the church before turning right and back onto the promenade.
20) At the promenade we turned left and followed the path back to the car park.