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Northumberland Family Walking Adventure

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England.
Duration: 8 nights
Type: Family Walking Holidays

Nether Grange is in the centre of Alnmouth, with history and gorgeous landscapes that surround the Alnmouth coastline. Breathe in the sea air and enjoy walks along stunning beaches and well marked coastal paths. This is the perfect location to explore nature's wild beauty. The stunning Northumberland Coast will appeal to all ages. Our country house sits right next to the beach, offering acres of sand to play and explore. Further afield our walks will head along the coast to discover the historic castles at Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh.

Holiday Highlights

  • Choice of up to 3 walks per day
  • Discover eerie ruins at Dunstanburgh
  • Hop across the border to try the best ice-cream in Scotland
  • Walk barefoot across the sands to Lindisfarne
  • Set sail for the Farne Islands to spot seals and dolphins

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 from 4pm onwards.

Option 1 - Farne Islands and Bamburgh

Distance: 3 miles (4½km)

Total ascent: 150 feet (40m)

In Summary: In the morning we head out to sea on a boat trip around the Farne Isles where we can spot seals, seabirds and maybe even dolphins! In the afternoon we march across the sands bound for Bamburgh Castle.

Highlight: Sharing the waves with a plethora of seabirds and seals on an exciting boat trip around this birdwatching paradise.


Option 2 - Beadnell to Bamburgh

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (100m)

In Summary: Enjoy an iconic beach walk from Beadnell to Seahouses with time to look at the harbour then it’s on to Bamburgh and its castle.

Highlight: Look out for seabirds and seals flying and bobbing about amongst the waves on this excellent coastal walk


Option 3 - High Newton to Bamburgh

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 - Craster & Embleton

Distance: 3½ miles (5km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (80m)

In Summary: We start our walk along the coast through the fishing village of Craster, busy with fishing boats and the smell of smoking fish. We then head along the coast to Dunstanburg Castle, and finish with a wander across the sands of Embleton Bay.

HighlightA well earned paddle in the sea at Embleton Bay.


Option 2 - Craster to Alnmouth

Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)

In Summary: Walk south along the coast from the quaint fishing village of Craster to Alnmouth. We'll walk atop the low cliffs and the beach, with fantastic sea views throughout.

Highlight: Look out for seals heads bobbing up and down amongst the waves off the coast on this cracking coastal walk.


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)

Discover more about Nether Grange and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 

Option 1 - St Abbs Head

Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In SummaryExplore the rugged cliffs and rocks of St Abbs Head nature reserve and then it’s off to Eyemouth for ice creams.

Highlight(Probably) the best ice-cream in Scotland!


Option 2 - Eyemouth to St Abbs

In SummaryFollow the coast from Eyemouth to St Abbs and the dramatic cliffs of St Abbs Head.

Highlight: Look out for the huge seal who calls Eyemouth harbour his home. He usually hangs out by the fish stall waiting to be fed with fishy snacks that you can pick up from the same stall for a few pence.

Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

Option 3 - Burnmouth to St Abbs

Distance: 10½ miles (16½km)

Total ascent: 150 feet (40m)

In Summary The longest walk of the day heads north from Burnmouth along this  stretch of fantastically rugged south Scotland coastline,through Eyemouth and on to St Abbs and St Abbs Head.

Highlight: See if you can spot the puffins returning to their clifftop playgrounds at the St Abbs Head nature reserve with beaks brimming full of freshly caught fish


Option 1 - Across the Sands

Distance: 5½ miles (8½km)

Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)

In Summary Take a barefoot walk across the expansive sands of Holy Island Bay (If you don’t fancy the walk across the bay you can stay on the coach to Lindisfarne). We'll then explore the island visiting the the harbour and the beach just beyond Lindisfarne Castle.

HighlightThe squelchy, gloopy feel of wet sand between your toes on the trek across the bay!


Option 2 - The Pilgrim's Way

In SummaryWe also start the day heading out barefoot across the bay known as the Pilgrim’s Way before a trek around the island looking out for wild deer, the ancient pyramid and singing seals.

Highlight: Discover an ancient pyramid on the island's shore.

Distance: 5 to 7 miles (8 to 11½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

Option 3 - Exploring Lindisfarne

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 250 feet (80m)

In SummaryAfter our barefoot crossing of the sands of the Pilgrim’s Way we head across Lindisfarne to discover the headland and dunescapes of this enchanting island. We will also unearth the ancient pyramid, and keep a look out for the resident wild deer and singing seals.

Highlight: Showing off your creative side by creating a sculpture of finely balanced rocks on the beach near the castle.


Option 1 - Denwick & Alnwick

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 260 feet (80m)

In Summary: Today we head out from Denwick towards the river Aln. After a couple of miles of riverside path Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, aka Alnwick Castle, comes into view.

Highlight: You might just be lucky enough to spot a wizard swooping around above your head on a broomstick in the grounds of Alnwick Castle!


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 - 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.


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.


Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.


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 and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 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

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Suggested Kit List

  • a rucksack,
  • a waterproof jacket
  • waterproof over trousers,
  • a spare jumper or fleece,
  • sun protection cream,
  • a water bottle (at least 1 litre),
  • some spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • a small torch
  • first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).

    (in spring, autumn and winter)

  • a hat and gloves (Britainis famous for its changeable weather after all!)
  • You might find walking poles useful, particularly for descents (the kids usually find their own big stick en route!).
  • thermos flask for a hot drink
  • sun hat
  • towel for paddling on hot days

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