Delve into the rich history of Northumberland with this perfect mix of guided walks and sightseeing visits. Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow around £10 for admissions.
- Explore the wild landscapes and Roman history of Hadrian's Wall
- Walk along the coast to Banburgh Castle
- Take a boat trip to the wildlife-rich Farne Islands
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.
Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km)
In Summary: We start with a morning sailing from Seahouses around the Farne Islands.* This is a fantastic trip for wildlife watching - from March/April until mid-August up to 37,000 puffins nest on these islands! Returning to the mainland, we've a superb beach walk, from Seahouses to Bamburgh. The entrance to Bamburgh shows the Castle in its full glory and offers its most photographed view. If there's the time, there's a plentiful supply of pubs and tea shops!
*fair weather permitting
Distance: 4½miles (7km)
Ascent: 450 feet (150m)
Descent: 800 feet (250m)
In Summary: We walk the absolute classic section of Hadrian's Wall, starting with the famous Robin Hood's tree at Sycamore Gap, before climbing Steel Rigg for glorious views stretching out to Scotland. From here we'll walk along Hotbank crags which takes us past milecastles and along one of the best preserved sections of the Wall, before boarding a bus to Vindolanda. We've plenty of time to explore Vindolanda, it's fort, museum and if we're lucky, we may be able to watch archaeologists in action. The first section of this route is quite strenuous, with some steep ups and downs. but all are well worth the effort as we walk in the footsteps of the Roman legions.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
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.
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.
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.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
<li>Rucksack with a waterproof liner,</li>
<li>Thermos flask for hot drink,</li>
<li>Water bottle (at least 1 litre)</li>
<li>Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.</li>
<li>First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)</li>
<li>Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents</li>
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