Northumberland Family Walking Adventure
Coast, castles and amazing wildlife. Historic Northumberland has it all.
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Children Aged 5 and Under Go FREE
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.
- 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
Nether Grange has undeniable history and gorgeous landscapes that surrounds the Alnmouth coastline. It's a perfect mixture of sea and landscape that provides a more settled terrain for everyone who enjoys walking in all of nature's beauty.
Nether Grange has 35 bedrooms, a number of which enjoy views across the links golf course to the sea.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
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.
- 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
Our family holidays offer the choice of up to 3 guided walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next. Our routes range from short strolls that are ideal for little legs, to longer walks that will appeal to active teenagers.
- Adventure: each day there are opportunities for longer walks along the coast or over the Cheviot Hills
- Peace of mind: only families can book on our dedicated Family holidays - the kids get the run of the Country House in a safe environment
- Free day: on our 7 night holidays, enjoy a day without walks to get out and make the most of the nearby family-friendly attractions
Please note due to tide times the order of these holidays will change from week to week. Please check the dates for each day.
Craster & Dunstanburgh Castle
2019: Available on Sat 3 Aug, Sat 17 Aug
Option 1: Craster & Embleton
Distance: 3½ miles (5km)
Total ascent: 300 feet (80m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: A well-earned paddle in the sea at Embleton Bay.
Option 2: Craster to Alnmouth
Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)
Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Look out for seals' heads bobbing up and down amongst the waves off the coast on this cracking coastal walk.
Option 3: Dunstanburgh Castle
Distance: 11 miles (17½km)
Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Imagine yourself as a knight of the realm storming the crumbling remains of Dunstanburgh Castle on the headland at Castle Point.
2019: Available on Sun 4 Aug, Tues 20 Aug
Option 1: Across the Sands
Distance: 5½ miles (8½km)
Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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 harbour and the beach just beyond Lindisfarne Castle.
Don’t miss: The squelchy, gloopy feel of wet sand between your toes on the trek across the bay!
Option 2: The Pilgrim's Way
Distance: 5 to 7 miles (8 to 11½km)
Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)
The walk in a nutshell: We 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.
Don’t miss: Discover an ancient pyramid on the island's shores.
Option 3: Exploring Lindisfarne
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 250 feet (80m)
The walk in a nutshell: After 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.
Don’t miss: Showing off your creative side by creating a sculpture of finely balanced rocks on the beach near the castle.
St Abbs Head
2019: Available on Tues 6 Aug, Sun 18 Aug
Option 1: St Abbs Head
Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)
Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)
The walk in a nutshell: Explore the rugged cliffs and rocks of St Abbs Head nature reserve and then it’s off to Eyemouth for ice creams.
Don’t miss: (Probably) the best ice-cream in Scotland!
Option 2: Eyemouth to St Abbs
Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)
Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the coast from Eyemouth to St Abbs and the dramatic cliffs of St Abbs Head.
Don’t miss: 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.
Option 3: Burnmouth to St Abbs
Distance: 10½ miles (16½km)
Total ascent: 150 feet (40m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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.
Alnwick & Rothbury
2019: Available on Wed 7 Aug, Wed 21 Aug
Option 1: Denwick & Alnwick
Distance: 4 miles (6½km)
Total ascent: 260 feet (80m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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
Distance: 7 miles (11½km)
Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
The walk in a nutshell: A Circuit of Rothbury heads into the hills above the town, through dark forests and across wide open moorland.
Don’t miss: Look out for red grouse flying low across the tops of the heather on the open moorland sections of this walk.
Option 3: Simonside Hills
Distance: 10 miles (16½km)
Total ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: The top of the world feeling and huge views on offer atop our high point of the week on Simonside.
Along the coast to Bamburgh
2019: Available on Thurs 8 Aug, Thurs 22 Aug
Option 1: Farne Islands and Bamburgh
Distance: 3 miles (4½km)
Total ascent: 150 feet (40m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Sharing the waves with a plethora of seabirds and seals on an exciting boat trip around this birdwatching paradise.
Option 2: Beadnell to Bamburgh Castle
Distance: 7 miles (11½km)
Total ascent: 300 feet (100m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow 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.
Don’t miss: The final leg along the sands to Bamburgh, with great views of the imposing castle that was once the seat of early Northumbrian Kings.
Terrain and transport: Family and Easier walks finish earlier in the afternoon to suit little legs - walks are not suitable for pushchairs. Easier Walks are on generally good paths with some short steep sections and steps. Medium and Harder Walks have occasional steeper and rougher sections.
On some days the walks start or finish at Nether Grange; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.
Activities at Nether Grange: Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an evening activity created specifically for all the family or use the Country House facilities.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Edinburgh is very accessible for a day trip. Catch the train from nearby Alnmouth station for the scenic 1 hour journey to the Scottish capital. You'll arrive in the heart of the city centre with numerous museums, shops and galleries, plus the famous castle all within easy walking distance.
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.
Cragside House image © National Trust/Graeme Peacock, Seaton Delaval Hall image ©National Trust Images/John Hammond
Travel to Alnmouth
Our address is: Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RZ
Nether Grange sits on a headland and only has access to limited roadside parking. We advise our guests to use rail travel where possible. Nether Grange is a 5 minute taxi ride from Alnmouth train station
The nearest railway station is Alnmouth, on the main line between Newcastle and Edinburgh. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50
The 1 1/2 mile journey from Alnmouth railway station takes approximately 5 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £6 per 4 seat taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Nether Grange Manager.
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. Cross a bridge as you approach Alnmouth, turning right at the next roundabout, then almost immediatley left into The Wynd. Follow the one way system into Marine Road, passing the golf clubhouse on the left, and round into Northumberland Street. After 100yds turn right into the narrow Pease’s Lane. Nether Grange is on the left. Please note that Nether Grange does not have a car park, there is very limited on-street parking available on a first come basis. You can park in available slots on Marine Road, Pease's Lane and elsewhere in town. There is a pay and display car park at the end of Marine Road.
Travelling from overseas
The nearest airport is at Newcastle which is served by European flights, and UK regional flights from London. From here take the metro to Newcastle Central station, then on by train to Alnmouth - a straightforward journey taking just over 1 hour.
Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Alnmouth with one change at Newcastle. Allow 3½ hours to Alnmouth - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 5 hours to reach Alnmouth. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Alnmouth - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Edinburgh Airport is also a possibility.
Dates & Prices
|Date||Description||Nights||Brochure price||Buy today for||Book|
|2 Aug 2019||ALFAM - Northumberland Family Walking Adventure - Alnmouth||3||£419.00||£418.00||Book Now|
|2 Aug 2019||ALFAM - Northumberland Family Walking Adventure - Alnmouth||7||£929.00||£929.00||Book Now|
|5 Aug 2019||ALFAM - Northumberland Family Walking Adventure - Alnmouth||4||£579.00||£578.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- All child prices are based on sharing with an adult. Children not sharing an adult's room will be subject to a £50 surcharge per child per stay. A single room charge of £5 per child per night will be made where applicable.