Cheers! Enjoy a beer at the end of coastal route

Local walkers Rory Straker and Robert Turner are the first to claim their free half-pints from Curfew owner Gemma Cook
Local walkers Rory Straker and Robert Turner are the first to claim their free half-pints from Curfew owner Gemma Cook

Walkers reaching the end of the Northumberland Coast Path can now celebrate their success with a well-earned drink courtesy of a micropub.

The Curfew, in Berwick, will offer hikers completing the trail a free half-pint of any of its draught real ales.

The offer of a free beer will only be for walkers who can prove they have walked the route by showing their completed Northumberland Coast Path Passports.

Iain Robson, from the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and who looks after the long-distance trail, said: “The new passport, introduced on the path earlier this year, is carried by walkers who collect stamps at the businesses they have visited along the way.

“By the time they reach Berwick, they will have collected lots of stamps to prove they have walked the whole trail and claim their free beer.

“The aim of the passport scheme is to encourage walkers to spend more in local businesses along the route, bringing greater benefit to the local economy.

“I am sure many walkers will take up the offer a free half-pint and hopefully stay longer in the town.”

Gemma and David Cook opened the micropub, on the town’s Bridge Street, in 2014 and it has already won Northumberland Pub of the Year at the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) awards.

Gemma said: “We are delighted to offer Northumberland Coast Path walkers a free half-pint to celebrate reaching the end of the trail.

“We already get a few walkers into the pub, hopefully this initiative will bring a few more of them in at the end of their walk.

“Our sunny yard is the perfect place to relax after a long walk as it is only a short stroll from the official end of the trail on the Quayside.”

The new Northumberland Coast Path Passport and official guidebook for the trail are available online at www.northumberlandcoastpath.org
The 62-mile trail from Cresswell to Berwick was officially opened in July 2006, meaning it turned 10 this summer. Funded through an EU project, the Northumberland section is one of 27 coastal paths in seven different countries around the North Sea.