(First leg of English coastal walk – Broadstairs in Kent to Berwick at the border with Scotland).
Difficulty: Fairly easy
Terrain: footpaths, pavement and sand
Access: Parking at both ends
Public transport: Buses from Ashington to New Biggin and Amble. Connections to Newcastle from Ashington.
Start the walk near Spital Point to the south of New Biggin by the Sea. Shipping and fishing can be traced back to the 14th century here. Coal mining was responsible for its expansion in recent times and before that it was a major port for grain.