UK’s best coastal walk for the bank holiday is ‘fantastic’

Queen Camilla once described King Charles III as a “mountain goat”. He doesn’t have horns or like to jump out on unsuspecting walkers, but just like a goat, the new King likes to “walk and walk and walk”. Britons looking to emulate King Charles this weekend might want to check out one of the UK’s best coastal walks, expertly selected by GO Outdoors.

The UK’s best coastal walks (GO Outdoors)

  1. Craster, Northumberland (Easy)
  2. Old Harry Rocks, Dorset (Moderate)
  3. Sandwood Bay, Sutherland (Easy)
  4. Holyhead, Anglesey (Moderate)
  5. Causeway Coast Way (Moderate)
  6. Whitehaven, Cumbria (Moderate)
  7. Norfolk Coast Path (Easy)
  8. Bullers of Buchan, Aberdeen (Moderate)
  9. Three Cliffs Bay, Gower (Easy)
  10. Durdle Door, White Nothe (Difficult)

Craster in Northumberland was crowned the UK’s best coastal walk and its rated easy so should be suitable for all levels of walkers.

A GO Outdoors spokesperson said: “The walk from the village of Craster to Low Newton takes in some of the picturesque coastlines in Northumberland. Along the route, you’ll be met with the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle as well as the fantastic beach of Embleton Bay. Wildlife fans may be interested in the Newton Pool nature reserve en route.”

A walker, ‘Sandra 22_13’ wrote on Tripadvisor: “Fantastic walk. What a great experience. Stunning views every day.”

Another reviewer ‘Beth35’ said: “We had a fabulous meal in Craster, and then walked along the coastal path towards Dunstanburgh Castle, just as the sun went down. Absolutely amazing views, and smells!”

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Northumberland’s coastline is often overlooked as the region unfortunately isn’t known for sunny weather.

However, this means many of the region’s beaches are completely unspoilt and far less crowded than those further south.

Which? recently crowned Bamburgh in Northumberland the best seaside town in the UK, making the country an underrated choice for a coastal holiday.

Further south, Old Harry Rocks in Dorset was the second best coastal walk in the UK for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Who was Old Harry? No one is quite sure whether the rocks’ namesake was a famous local pirate or the devil himself. But however the formations got their name, it’s not hard to see why they form one of the UK’s best coastal walks.

The chalk formations are part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and sit at the southern end of beautiful Studland Bay. Although Old Harry’s Wife sadly tumbled away into the sea, leaving the main man a bachelor, the rocks are still one of the UK’s most impressive sights.

This coastal walk is classed as moderate, meaning it might not be suitable for complete beginners.

Visitors can also hire a kayak at Studland Bay if they’d like to admire the rocks from the water.

Sandwood Bay in Sutherland in Scotland was ranked the UK’s third best coastal walk and is the perfect place for people who want to escape the crowds this bank holiday.

The spokesperson said: “The beach, even when busy, never truly feels busy, likely due to there being no facilities at this beach and no car park to reach it directly.”

The Sandwood Bay is rated easy level and will take tourists on an eight mile trek through moorland.

Visitors will be able to enjoy stunning views of the Scottish coastline throughout the walk and it’s not hard to see why it made the top three.

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