Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Walk with Playgrounds

This post was published in January 2024. Please check with venues direct for the most up to date info. 

Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Walk with Playgrounds 

This is a lovely walk along Newbiggin prom with plenty to see and do along the way. I'd definitely recommend giving it a try. It's around 2km each way (it's linear so you walk there and back). 

Why we like this walk: 

  • Free parking and accessible by bus 
  • Wide surfaced paths suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs 
  • Lovely views out to sea (and 'the couple'). Beach access is step-free from the path. Beach wheelchairs are available to hire 
  • Loads of seats and bins 
  • Two playgrounds (one at either end) 
  • It's flat with the exception of a small hill at one end (which is how you access the second playground) 
  • Lots of cafes, pubs and things to see and do along the route including an ice cream parlour and lifeboat station 
  • Free drinking water station along the prom
Look out for: some of the path can get sandy after storms / wind. There is a dog restriction on part of the beach in the summer months (read signs by the beach for more info). 

You can watch a video walk-through of this walk here: Newbiggin Walk Video

Parking & Public Transport 

We park in Church Point Car Park (postcode NE64 6DN) which is free to use (you don't need a parking disc). It's located directly next to the Maritime Museum which is a good place to start / end your walk (small entry fee applies - pet dogs are not permitted inside but they can access outdoor seating at the cafe). 

Alternatively, you can catch a bus to Newbiggin town centre and the sea front is a very short walk from here. 

I love how much art there is in Newbiggin and this starts with these fabulous puffins next to the car park. 

The Route 

It's around 2km each way if you walk from one end of the prom to the other (playground to playground). Start at the Maritime Centre next to the car park and keep the sea on your left. 

The first playground is right by the Maritime Centre. car park and pirate ship themed. It's enclosed and pet dogs are not permitted inside. There is seating and lovely sea views. 

As you walk along the prom, you can enjoy various public art, Newbiggin Lifeboat Station and Newbiggin Rocket (pop in if they're open). 

The walk along the prom pretty much looks like the path below along the full route. It's flat and wide and suitable for wheelchairs, bicycles and pushchairs. The only thing to watch out for is after a storm/wind, the path can get sandy. 

There are loads of seats along the route and bins too. This walk is ideal for those who can't walk too far and/or require regular breaks. 

There are quite a few places to stop for food and drink in the town and on the prom I can recommend Caffe Bertorelli which is an Art Deco coffee shop / ice cream parlour serving Italian Gelato. It's fab! Pet dogs are not permitted inside but there is outdoor seating in the warmer months and they serve doggy ice cream. 

Another option is The Old Ship pub on the sea front. They are dog friendly and serve fantastic homemade food. There food service hours are limited though so do check their Facebook page when making a plan. 

If you fancy fish and chips, walk slightly into town and pick some up from The Front. 

There's also a free drinking water fountain on the prom just outside Caffe Bertorelli with a lower level for dogs too. 

Newbiggin beach is fantastic - super sandy in the middle with rockpools to explore at either end. 

Once you reach the end of the prom, the path spits into two. Continue along the lower level and you will see a shipping container which is a beach shack/cafe opening soon. Check out their Facebook page here for updates. 

If you head up the small hill and keep walking for a few minutes, you will reach the second playground. 

Each time I've visited this park it's been empty! It's nice and new with a good range of play equipment themed around beaches. The lighthouse slide is said to be lethal though so take care! There is an accessible swing in this park. 

Once you get to the park, you can extend your walk along England's Coastal Path or you can turn around and retrace your steps back along the prom (this time keeping the sea on your right hand side). 

If you do turn back here, the total walk will be around 4km. 

Interested in making a day of it? Check out my post 30 things to do at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea for more ideas.  It's also super easy to combine with a trip to nearby Woodhorn Museum. 

Read next: The Best Coastal Walks with Kids 

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