Walking holidays in Northumberland & Activity Breaks

There’s lots to love in England's northernmost county: gloriously intact churches, ruined fortresses, and all manner of Roman, Viking and Anglo-Saxon relics. It’s a region that plays up to its good looks; think wide-open spaces, vast golden beaches, enchanting forests, and unspoilt shorelines. And then, of course, there’s Hadrian’s Wall – the legendary pile of stones that marked the frontier of the Roman empire for nearly 300 years. 

Given that the rugged coast is bestowed with Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status, the array of outdoor activities does not disappoint. Try your hand at kite surfing, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, or zip-lining. Alternatively, take a boat trip to the Farne Islands for spotting puffins, seals, and even bottlenose dolphins or minke whales.  

Our Northumberland walking holidays showcase the north-east coast at its wildest. Some of the best bits include roaming the Simonside Hills for soul-stirring views across the Cheviot Hills and the North Sea and ambling along the Northumberland Coast Path – a 62-mile stretch that connects the village of Cresswell in the south to the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north. You’ll also visit Northumberland National Park, cherished for its remote footpaths, clear waters, dark skies, and Sycamore Gap – one of the most photographed trees in the country. 

Another pitstop is Alnwick, the showstopping market town just a stone’s throw from Alnwick Castle – the family home of the 12th Duke of Northumberland that doubled as Hogwarts in a couple of Harry Potter movies. Here you can shop for second-hand books, visit Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery, relax at Alnwick Gardens (even braving the Poison Garden), and spend sunny days at the giant sandy bay that is Alnmouth Beach.