7-Night Northumberland Gentle Guided Walking Holiday

Pink pre-dawn light illuminates the sea at Budle Bay, Northumberland
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £929pp £869pp

Discover England’s last frontier, home to castles, never-ending seascapes and tales of border battles. Our gentle guided walking holidays in Northumberland will introduce you to the hidden gems of this unspoilt county, including sweeping sandy beaches and the remote wild beauty of the Simonside Hills.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of Northumberland on foot
  • Admire sweeping seascapes from the coast of this stunning area of outstanding natural beauty
  • Let an experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about this stretch of the North East coast's rich history
  • Evenings in our country house where you share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

Whats Included:

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our Country House
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 5 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Budle Bay & Bamburgh

Distance: 3½ miles (6km)

Ascent: 180 feet (60m)

Summary: We head out to the coast along gently sloping paths with views of Budle Bay appearing and reappearing through the frames of huge dunes. Eventually reaching Bamburgh.

Highlight: If the tide is waning, keep your eyes peeled for a myriad of wading birds in Budle Bay, including oystercatcher, curlew and turnstone sifting through the sand and silt and rocks for their next meal.

Option 2 - Lindisfarne & Bamburgh

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Ascent: minimal 

In SummaryToday is split into two, the order of which depends on the tides. Discover the Holy Island of Lindisfarne where our walk takes in a romantic castle, medieval priory, rich wildlife and many wonderful views. The other half of the day is spent exploring the wilder side of the Bamburgh Coast. 

Highlight: Crossing the tidal causeway to Lindisfarne to discover this jewel of the Northumberland Coast and its fascinating early Christian history. 

 

Option 3 - Bamburgh coast

Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

In SummaryFollow the beautiful coast from High Newton along the sands to Beadnell’s old harbour. Pass the busy port of Seahouses, with excellent views of the Farne Islands, before continuing on the beach to Bamburgh. 

HighlightThe final leg along the sands to Bamburgh, with great views of the imposing castle that was once the seat of early Northumbrian Kings.

 

 


Option 1 - Etal to Ford

Distance: 3½ miles (6km)

Ascent: 350 feet (100m)

Summary: We start at Medieval Etal Castle and walk through countryside passing Heatherslaw Mill, railway line and café. Our destination is the Victorian estate village of Ford created for farm workers by Lady Joicey. 

Highlight: Visit the purpose built Victorian Ford village including the preserved school room museum with local history information.

Option 2 - Duddo Stone Circle to Etal

Distance: 6 miles (9km) 

Ascent: 280 feet (80m) 

In SummaryDiscover a prehistoric stone circle and follow a riverside walk beside the River Till to reach the pretty village of Etal with its medieval castle.  

Highlight: Duddo Stone Circle, ancient standing monoliths and the Battle of Flodden display in Etal Castle. 

 

Option 3 - Ford Moss to Etal

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

In SummaryWildlife, industrial archaeology and some tremendous views all combine on Ford Moss Nature Reserve, deep in rural Northumberland.  

HighlightThe views of the Cheviot Hills, the Northumberland Coast and the Eildon Hills across the Border in Scotland. 

 


Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.


Option 1 - Simonside Hills

Distance: 10 miles (16½km)

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In Summary: We will stride out today across open moorland to the lofty top of the Simonside hills. After a descent through woodland, we climb again to follow the  carriage drive back into Rothbury.

Highlight: The top of the world feeling and huge views on offer atop our high point of the week on Simonside.

 

Option 2 - Above Rothbury

In Summary: A Circuit of Rothbury heads into the hills above the town, through dark forests and across wide open moorland.  

Highlight:Look out for red grouse flying low across the tops of the heather on the open moorland sections of this walk.

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

Option 3 - Rothbury to Cragside

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Ascent: 800 feet (260m)

Summary: We start in the town of Rothbury and ascend to Rothbury Terraces once used for carriage riding. We end at the Cragside Estate, the home of Lord Armstrong the Victorian inventor and entrepreneur.

Highlight:  Be amazed by the ingenuity and inventions on show in the Cragside Estate. This was the first house in England to be powered by hydroelectricity.


Option 1 - Boulmer to Alnmouth

Distance: 3½ miles (5km) 

Ascent: 180 feet (60m) 

In SummaryHead south along this picturesque stretch of coastline from the old smugglers haunt of Boulmer to Alnmouth.* Walk on the low cliffs and the beach, with fantastic sea views throughout. 

Highlight: Cross the Boulmer beach at low tide and you'll be able to see the narrow channel of Mar Mouth between the rocks of Boulmer Haven which made it the perfect landing for smugglers in centuries past.

*due to a stretch of beach walking, this walk may be reversed to avoid doing so at/near high tide

Option 2 - Craster to Alnmouth

Distance: 7½ miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 450 feet (140m) 

In SummaryWalk south along the coast from the quaint fishing village of Craster to Alnmouth.* Walk on the low cliffs and the beach, with fantastic sea views throughout. 

Highlight: Explore the atmospheric harbour at Craster, and let your nose lead you to famous kipper smokehouse. 

*due to a stretch of beach walking, this walk may be reversed to avoid doing so at/near high tide

Option 3 - Dunstanburgh Castle

In Summary: Walk from Embleton to the iconic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, then follow the path all the way back along the beautiful Northumberland Coast to Alnmouth.

Highlight: Imagine yourself as a knight of the realm storming the crumbling remains of Dunstanburgh Castle on the headland at Castle Point.

Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)


Option 1 - Amble to Warkworth

Distance: 3½ miles (6 km)

Ascent: 200 feet (60m)

Summary: We start at the village of Amble, pass the Coquet estuary and then walk by the substantial ruins of Warkworth Castle before finishing in the historic Warkworth village.

Highlight: The Amble harbour boardwalk gives spectacular views of Coquet Island seabird sanctuary. 

Option 2 - Warkworth to Alnmouth

Distance: 8 miles (12.5 km)

Ascent: 550 feet (160m)

Summary: We start at ancient Warkworth Castle before walking along the Northumberland Coastal Path with great views before finally returning above the beach to Alnmouth.

Highlight: Ancient Warkworth Castle is substantial in size, its northern facades appearing to bear down over the rest of Warkworth Village, which has retained its original medieval layout and burgage plots. 

Option 3 - Amble to Alnmouth

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

Summary: We start at Amble crossing the harbour board walk before walking along the Northumberland Coastal Path through Warkworth with great views of the imposing castle, before finally returning to Alnmouth beach.

Highlight: The Amble harbour boardwalk gives spectacular views of Coquet Island wildlife sanctuary. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Nether Grange

Sitting pretty in the centre of the quiet harbour village of Alnmouth, Nether Grange stands in an area rich in natural beauty and historic gravitas. There are moving views of the dramatic North Sea coastline from the house too. This one-time 18th century granary was first converted into a large family home for the High Sheriff of Northumberland in the 19th century and then reimagined as a characterful hikers’ hotel. Many of the 36 bedrooms look out across the sea, while a large lounge, conservatory and adjoining bar are there to entertain you. Easily accessible from the house are the coast path while inland lies the Northumberland National Park. North are the Farne Islands and their spectacular seabird colonies and close by is Lindisfarne and its romantic castle accessible at low-tide via an ancient pilgrim’s path. Nearby too is the medieval market town of Alnwick and its eponymous castle, as well as the atmospheric ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, perched on a grassy peninsula to the south of Embbelton Bay. Best of all though is Bamburgh Castle, built to resemble a magnificent medieval fortress but actually an impressive Victorian folly.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the house’s smartly presented rooms up an impressive sweeping staircase. Full of warm tones or coastal colours and comfy touches they’re a great base for exploring the area. With 36 bedrooms, Nether Grange has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, multi-purpose activity room, lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the elevated terrace gardens with a cooling drink and a cracking sea view or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet or giant chess, backed by views of the beach and sea beyond. The spick and span sky-blue painted bar with its mismatched blue and stripy seats boasts all the requisite cosiness and British bonhomie, plus a selection of local beers and your favourite tipple. Settle in.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Nether Grange is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the light-filled dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local flavours.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
29 May - 05 Jun
7 Version 1 (runs 2020) £929 £869 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1

7 nights from £929pp £869pp

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