Route among the top ten

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To celebrate the launch of The Great British Walk annual walking festival this weekend, the National Trust has revealed the top 10 secret trails that can only be accessed on foot.

And the walk to Dunstanburgh Castle, along the north Northumberland coast, has been selected as one of the best.

The list has been carefully selected by experts at the National Trust to showcase unique walking experiences and has been put together following research showing that just over a quarter of people in the North East rarely go for walks and 21 per cent never venture more than 500metres from their car.

The top 10 secret discovery walks each offer something special with the walk from Craster to Low Newton selected for its breath-taking views, taking in the coastline and the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

Simon Lee, National Trust general manager for the Northumberland coast, said: “We’re delighted that the walk to Dunstanburgh Castle was selected as one of the top 10 British walks, and we hope The Great British Walk this year encourages people to experience new places on foot.

“With 64 per cent of people keen to get out and walk more, and 89 per cent agreeing walking is one of life’s simple pleasures, hopefully our top-10 list shows there is something for everyone to enjoy in the outdoors.”