The Nature Trail was Runner-Up
in the Love Northumberland awards presented by the Duchess of Northumberland at The Alnwick Garden on 16th September 2021.
You can see a short video here.
from 21st September
WHAT MAKES THIS NATURE TRAIL DIFFERENT?
The beautiful blue butterfly shaped boards are updated
with the seasons so you can glean new information four times a year.
Explore ten different habitats while you walk through beautiful
scenery steeped in history.
Learn not only about about animals and plants, but also about geology, human influence and even the weather. Be surprised at some strange revelations from local experts!
See the mute swans, Britain's largest birds, weighing in at 10kgs. The second most populated moulting herd in the UK!
The most northerly nature trail in England.
ABOUT THE TRAIL
It’s FREE and easy to get to. Easy to follow instructions. Some sections are easy access.
Educational for all ages and a downloadable Explorer Quiz for kids with certificate.
14 nature information boards over a 2.8 mile walk; allow a minimum time of 2 hours.
QR links for further information.
Start (NT 99390 53557) in Coronation Park with amazing nature sculptures. Finish with spectacular views from Spittal cliffs (NU 01241 50701).
5 boards packed with information along the promenade at Spittal with easy mobility access.
Cafés and benches all along the route with picnic tables at Spittal.
Car parks and accessible toilets.
Many bus stops along the route.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE AVOIDING SAND
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE AVOIDING STEEP PATH AND FOOTBRIDGE. THIS TRACK CAN BE RUTTED
Start,1,2 are on tarmac, steeply downhill
3,4 & 5 are on the tarmac river path (New Road) with a slope at the rowing club
6 is across the Old Bridge and along the pavement
7 is on grass; alternatively use the pavement to the next board
8 is over uneven sand dunes with an alternative route along the road
9 is in Spittal Point car park
Between 9 & 10 is a tarmac path, not accessible to wheelchairs if sand has shifted
10,11,12,13 & 14 have easy access along the promenade
Retrace to board 13, then continue up a steep path with steps and a footbridge, turn left on the track to see the view.
The alternative route can be rutted. Follow the track up to the FINISH.
Return to Spittal village, car park and bus stop down the track.