Walking with Sightseeing at Alnmouth

Northumberland

Code: ALWOD

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
  • History
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Easier
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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £309.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Delve into the rich history of Northumberland with this perfect mix of guided walks and sightseeing visits. Discover Hadrian's Wall, the Lindisfarne Gospels on Holy Island, walk along the coast to Banburgh Castle and explore the Farne Islands.

Holiday highlights

  • Walk the coast to picturesque Bamburgh Castle
  • Explore Hadrian’s Wall with a walk along its most spectacular section and a visit to Vindolanda
  • Learn about the Lindisfarne Gospels on a visit to Holy Island
  • Visit Cragside House and walk in the Rothbury hills
  • Discover the market town of Alnwick, with its impressive castle and gardens

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation,
    the services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide, all transport to and from the walks and sightseeing, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Walks & Visits: enjoy carefully selected shorter walks and sightseeing visits with a knowledgeable leader
  • Accommodation: excellent coastal location with magnificent sea views, and an emphasis on local food
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together

Accommodation

4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodation

Nether Grange occupies a wonderful seaside location in the historic village of Alnmouth. With both historic character and modern facilities, it is a wonderful base for a relaxing holiday.

 

Bedrooms

Nether Grange has 35 bedrooms, a number of which enjoy views across the golf links to the sea.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.

Nether Grange makes good use of its excellent seaside location, with a large lounge and attractive dining room with sea views. Free WiFi is available in some public rooms.  There is also a range of board games and books.

Outdoors is an attractive elevated terrace and croquet lawn which enjoys superb views over the golf links to the sea.

The conservatory is adjacent to the bar and houses the Dandelion Café during the day. There is also a ballroom on the lower floor. This flexible space can be used for dancing, evening talks or as a light and airy painting studio. 

The Dandelion Café serves a range of coffee and speciality leaf teas, plus snacks and sandwiches. It is also licensed, serving beer, spirits, and a variety of wines from around the world. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am – 5pm. Everyone welcome.

 

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on Northumberland's rich wildlife from a local speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Accessibility

Due to the age and the layout of the house, Nether Grange is not recommended for wheelchair users or guests with restricted mobility.

Although one bedroom has wheelchair access, the access to the main house has some steps and the public rooms in the main building are over 2 floors with no lift available.

Arrival & car parking facilities

  • Parking is available in the streets surrounding Nether Grange
  • A paved footpath from the main gate to the front door has 4 steps (3.6ft high in total)
  • Steel handrail to the left
  • Assistance with luggage can be provided 

Main entrance & reception

  • The front door has 2 steps (1ft 4'' high in total) and leads to the entrance hall, which is 2 metres x 6.2m
  • The door is 73cm wide 

Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc

  • The main building has 4 floors
  • On the lower ground floor, there is a conservatory (laminated floor), a bar (carpet), a ballroom (laminated floor), a library (carpet) and public toilets (safety flooring)
  • On the ground floor, there is another lounge, an internet room, an entrance hall, a dining room and a lobby, all carpeted
  • 20 steps from the lower ground floor to ground floor, with further 24 steps to the first floor
  • The width of the main staircase is 4ft 6”, the step height is 6” and depth 12”
  • Wooden stair rail on both sides of the staircase
  • An alternative staircase from ground to first floor has 22 steps in total, with 3 rest landings (3 flights of stairs)
  • From first to the second floor, there are 2 flights of stairs, 7 and 11 steps with one rest landing. The width of the staircase is 3ft 7”, the step height is 6 inches and the depth 11”
  • Short pile carpet throughout the stairs, landings and corridors 

Public areas – lounges, bar and ballroom

  • The lounge is 6.6m x 10.6m. Level access. Furniture consists of coffee tables, sofas, chairs (both with or without arms)
  • The door width is 93cm.
  • The bar is 3.30m x 8.55m sofas, coffee tables, stools and chairs with arms.
  • Conservatory is 5.1m x 13.6m with, movable wicker furniture. A small water feature
  • The ballroom is 5.1m x 13.6m. Accessed from the bar via 4 steps (60cm high in total)
  • Movable chairs along the walls
  • The library and games room is 4.7m x 6.8m 

Public WCs

  • The toilets are available on the lower ground floor
  • Toilet height 40cm, door width 75cm
  • The flooring is non-slip and there is good colour contrast 

Dining room & bar

  • The dining room is on the ground floor and has level access.
  • Table height is 72cm, underspace of 65cm high x 150cm wide
  • Tables have legs in each corner. Furniture is easily movable
  • Breakfast service is self service cold buffet with assistance available, if required. Table service for hot meals & drinks
  • Dinner service is waitress service 

Bedrooms

Room 4

  • This is the room best suited for anyone requiring wheelchair access. The en-suite room is located on the ground floor of The Towers
  • The room size is 3.4m x 4.96m. Door width 87cm. Twin beds, 51cm high
  • The en-suite bathroom is 1.3m x 2.4m. Bathroom door is 96cm wide
  • Toilet height is 42cm, the wash basin 79cm high. There is a pullcord light which can be reached from any height. Support rails by the toilet
  • The shower tray is 2.4m long and there is a shower chair attached to the wall. One step of 12cm in height to enter the shower. Safety flooring 

Other Bedrooms

  • There is another twin room (5) on the ground floor of The Towers, but the bathroom is not as suitable for anyone with restricted mobility as in room 4
  • The rest of the bedrooms are on the first and second floor of the main House.
  • All bedrooms are carpeted
  • The rooms are a mixture of single and twin rooms, the majority of the rooms are en-suite, some are with wash basin only with public facilities available nearby
  • Most of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms. These are a mixture of showers and baths
  • Most bathrooms have safety floor, a few have vinyl flooring, carpet or tiled floor 

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

Saturday: arrival day

Sunday: Budle Bay, Bamburgh and the Farne Islands

We start with a morning sailing from Seahouses (not included in the admission fees outlined above – up to £20 per person), to land on the Farne Island or Longstone, with an optional visit around the lighthouse. 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 short walk which starts out overlooking Budle Bay Nature Reserve with excellent views to Holy Island. On reaching Bamburgh the Castle comes into its full glory and offers its most photographed view. Options include visits to the Castle and museum, Saint Aidan’s Church and the Grace Darling Museum, or there's a plentiful supply of pubs and tea shops!  Up to 4 miles (6.5km) of walking mainly on coastal paths and minor roads.

Monday: Hadrian’s Wall

We walk the absolute classic section of Hadrian's Wall, starting at Steel Rigg and climbing up onto the Whin Sill for glorious views stretching out to Scotland. Our route takes us along one of the best preserved sections of the Wall, passing Roman milecastles and the famous Robin Hood's tree at Sycamore Gap, before leading us to the Roman fort at 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, but the ups and downs are all well worth the effort as we walk in the footsteps of the Roman legions. 4.5miles/7km with some steep ups and downs (450ft/150m of ascent, and 800ft/250m of descent).

Tuesday: Alnwick

A beautiful riverside walk treats us to one of the best views of historic Alnwick Castle as we approach Alnwick. The afternoon is free to discover some of this charming market town's sights - including "Harry Potter's" Alnwick Castle, the stunning castle gardens with their treehouse café, to take a stroll and enjoy the tranquillity of Hulne Park, or explore the many independent shops (include the famous Barter Books) or relax in one of the many tea shops in the town. 4 miles (6.5km) with 250 feet (80m) of ascent. 

Wednesday: free day

Thursday: Cragside and Rothbury

Following historical carriage tracks, we take a circular walk around Rothbuy, enjoying some superb views. Rothbury is a busy market town, but still manages to retain its welcoming village feel. After lunch by the River Coquet we take a short journey to the impressive National Trust property of Cragside. The house was home to the Victorian inventor Lord Armstrong, and the house and its beautiful gardens and grounds make an excellent place to spend the afternoon. 4 miles (6.5km) of walking on good tracks.

Friday: Holy Island and Dunstanburgh

The visit to Holy Island includes a detour to Preston Tower, times are dependant on causeway crossing times. On Holy Island the planned walk may not allow time to visit all attractions but an alternative shorter walk will give more time for sightseeing. If the crossing time is only in the morning then an afternoon walk to view Dunstanburgh Castle is offered. On the Island visits to Lindisfarne Castle, the Priory and the Heritage Centre are possible. Up to 4 miles (6.5km) walking on minor roads and coastal paths on the Island. Some paths are faint and overgrown. The walk to Dunstanburgh Castle is 2.5 miles on good paths which can sometimes be wet in places.


  • Please allow between £20 and £40 for admission fees – less if you bring your English Heritage and National Trust card
  • The seven night holiday has a free day on the Wednesday for you to explore independently

 

Local area

Nether Grange sits right at the heart of the historic coastal village of Alnmouth. Located right on the North Sea coast there is a sweeping sandy beach and a small tidal harbour. Facilities include a handful of small shops, pubs and cafés.

A wider range of facilities, including shops, supermarkets, banks and chemists can be found in Alnwick, the nearest town. Alnwick is about four miles inland and is connected to Alnmouth by regular buses.

During your visit to the Nether Grange you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Alnwick Castle & gardens
The huge Alnwick Castle is a big attraction in its own right and has gained a younger audience since being used as ‘Hogwarts Castle’ in the Harry Potter films. The gardens have undergone extensive rebuilding and are now the main draw for many visitors. Alnwick is just 10 to 15 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the hourly X18 bus. www.alnwickcastle.com or www.alnwickgarden.com

Farne Islands
Take a boat trip (weather permitting) from Seahouses to the Farne Islands; one of the best places in Britain to view seals and puffins. Seahouses is around 45 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the 501 bus. www.farne-islands.com

Bamburgh Castle
Owned by the Armstrong family since the 1750s, Bamburgh Castle occupies a splendid position above the sweeping sands of the North Sea coast. Bamburgh is 35 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the 501 local bus which runs every other hour. www.bamburghcastle.com

Warkworth Castle
Warkworth Castle, a few miles to the south of Alnmouth, towers over a bend in the River Coquet and the picturesque town of Warkworth. Warkworth is just 10 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the 518 bus. www.english-heritage.org.uk/warkworth-castle

Lindisfarne
English Christianity was born in 7th century  Northumberland and Lindisfarne Priory, is its oldest major site, dating from 635AD.  It is located on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, cut off by the tides twice a day (make sure that you check the tide times before you visit). The Heritage Centre tells the stories of St Aidan, St Cuthbert and St Bede and displays the 8th century Lindisfarne Gospels in electronic form. Linisfarne is just under an hour's drive from Alnmouth. www.english-heritage.org.uk/lindisfarne-priory

Cragside House
Built by Victorian industrial magnate William Armstrong, Cragside House was hugely innovative and was the first house in Britain to be lit by electric light. Now managed by the National Trust, the house and gardens are a fascinating visit. Cragside is around 40 minutes' drive from Alnmouth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Newcastle-upon-Tyne
The vibrant city of Newcastle is always bustling with activity and is famed for its shopping and lively nightlife. The new Baltic arts centre and Sage Gallery are well worth a visit. Newcastle is just under an hour's drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached by hourly local bus.

Seaton Delaval Hall
Seaton Delaval Hall is a fine stately home, designed by John Vambrugh and completed in 1728. Following an extensive fundraising appeal it has recently been purchased by the National Trust. The hall is around 40 minutes' drive from Alnmouth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/seaton-delaval-hall

Hadrian’s Wall
Around 1½ hours drive from Nether Grange, Hadrian’s Wall remains a powerful symbol of the Roman Empire. The most dramatic section is from Once Brewed to Housteads Roman Fort and a walk here enables you to see some of the best preserved sections at close quarters. Two museums of note are the Roman Army Museum near Walltown you can gain an insight into the daily lives of Roman soldiers, and Vindolanda Roman Fort with its collection of rare Roman artefacts. www.visithadrianswall.co.uk

Alnmouth Village Golf Club
This links course if located right in front of Nether Grange. www.alnmouthvillagegolfclub.co.uk

Barter Books has been dubbed the British Library of secondhand bookshops and is located in a handsome old Victorian railway station in Alnwick.

Travel

Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RZ

By train: The nearest railway station is Alnmouth. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

By taxi: The 1 mile journey from Alnmouth railway station takes approximately 5 minutes. Taxis cost approx £4 per 4 seat taxi. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Nether Grange Manager.

By car: Take the A1 to Alnwick. Exit on the A1068 heading towards Alnwick. At the roundabout turn right (not well signed) and follow the A1068 towards Alnmouth. After 2¾ miles go straight ahead at the first roundabout then left at the second roundabout onto the B1338. As you approach Alnmouth cross the bridge, then turn right at the roundabout into the centre of the village. Turn left into Pease’s Lane. Nether Grange is on the left, look out for our sign.  Please note that Nether Grange does not have a car park. There is free parking available on the streets around Nether Grange.

To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info

Dates & Prices

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20 May 2017 ALWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Alnmouth 4 £499.00 £439.00 Save £60 off pp Book Now
20 May 2017 ALWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Alnmouth 7 £819.00 £729.00 Save £90 off pp Book Now
24 May 2017 ALWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Alnmouth 3 £359.00 £309.00 Save £50 off pp Book Now
22 Jul 2017 ALWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Alnmouth 4 £499.00 £439.00 Save £60 off pp Book Now
22 Jul 2017 ALWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Alnmouth 7 £819.00 £729.00 Save £90 off pp Book Now
26 Jul 2017 ALWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Alnmouth 3 £359.00 £309.00 Save £50 off pp Book Now
19 Aug 2017 ALWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Alnmouth 4 £499.00 £439.00 Save £60 off pp Book Now
19 Aug 2017 ALWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Alnmouth 7 £819.00 £729.00 Save £90 off pp Book Now
23 Aug 2017 ALWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Alnmouth 3 £359.00 £309.00 Save £50 off pp Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person