Family Walking Adventure at Alnmouth
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Hills & moorland
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.
The stunning Northumberland Coast will appeal to all ages. Our Country House at Alnmouth 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, with great opportunities to spot birds and seals.
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.
Choose your room
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Large lounge
• Dining room with sea views
• Free WiFi available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
|• Elevated terrace and croquet lawn with superb sea views
|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.
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.
Please note that as this holiday is new for 2018 the itinerary may change slightly.
Sunday: Craster & Dunstanburgh Castle
Time to relax: A great walk taking in the harbour at Craster, Dunstanburgh Castle and Embleton Bay - which is fantastic for a paddle! 3½ miles
Burn off some energy: A fantastic varied coastal walk from Craster to Alnmouth. 7½ miles
You might be tired after this one: Walk this iconic coastal path from Embleton to Alnmouth. 10½ miles
Monday: St Abbs Head
Today is an adventure to another country - we're off to Scotland! The coast between St Abbs and Eyemouth and St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve is a genuine contrast to the Northumberland Coast further south and well worth the journey time of 60-90 minutes by coach.
The St Abbs Centre overlooking the harbour is well worth a visit and the Fisherman's Memorial nearby is a poignant reminder of the dangers of life at sea. In Eyemouth, a recent addition to the public art collection is a memorial to the 'widows and bairns' left behind following a disaster in 1881.
Eyemouth is a busy harbour and seaside resort. It has excellent ice cream and fish and chips at Giacopazzi's beside the harbour, a fine museum, Gunsgreen House built by a smuggler sits imposingly by the harbour and a big fat seal hangs out by the fish stall waiting to be fed with fishy snacks that you can buy for 50p from the same stall, kids love him!
Time to relax: We explore St Abbs head and then it's off to Eyemouth for the best ice-cream in Scotland! Up to 4 miles.
Burn off some energy: Coldingham to St Abbs and St Abbs Head. Up to 7 miles.
You might be tired after this one: Eyemouth to St Abbs and St Abbs head. 12 miles.
We'll all enjoy a barefoot walk across to Lindisfarne today! Depending on the tide times you may have a morning free to enjoy the local area then it's socks and shoes off to start the barefoot crossing to Lindisfarne. If you don't fancy going barefoot remember your water shoes as walking boots should be carried or they will get totally soaked! (If you don't fancy the walk you can stay on the coach to Lindisfarne).
Time to relax: We'll visit the Heugh, the harbour, lime kilns and then to the rock balancing beach just beyond Lindisfarne Castle. Up to 4 miles.
Burn off some energy: We'll be looking for wild deer, the ancient pyramid and singing seals on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Up to 5-7 miles.
You might be tired after this one: looking for wild deer, the ancient pyramid and singing seals on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Up to 7-12 miles.
Today we head to Alnwick; a charming market town with a famous castle, now famous as Harry Potter's Hogwarts.
Time to relax: A lovely walk from Denwick to Alnwick taking in a wide bridlepaths and lovely riverside walking. 4 miles.
Burn off some energy: We'll head off on our Hulne Park walk enjoying riverside paths and Hulne Prior ruins. We'll keep our eyes open for deer too! 7 miles.
You might be tired after this one: This walk is the best of everything taking in all the sights from the other two walks of the day! 9 1/2 miles
Friday: Along the coast to Bamburgh
Time to relax: What a day to end the week! We'll be hunting for fossilised worm poo and prehistoric beasties on Cocklawburn beach and then we'll be enjoying a boat trip around the Farne Islands where we can spot seals, seabirds and maybe bottle nosed dolphins! Up to 4 miles.
Burn off some energy: We'll be doing an iconic beach walk from Beadnell to Seahouses with time to look at the harbour then it's on to Bamburgh and its castle. 7 miles.
You might be tired after this one: Ours is a longer walk today from High Newton to Bamburgh taking in the sights of Beadnell, Seahouses and ending at Banburgh Castle. A wonderful coastal walk to end your week! 10 miles
Family-friendly walks: we've selected the best walks for families with shorter distances and plenty of interest along the routes. The shorter walks usually allow plenty of time for activities on the beach.
- 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
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
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
The nearest railway station is Alnmouth, on the main line between Newcastle and Edinburgh. 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).
The 1 mile journey from Alnmouth railway station takes approximately 5 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £6. 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. 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. Please note that Nether Grange does not have a car park, however free parking available on the streets around Nether Grange.
Travelling from overseas
There is a local airport 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.
Dates & Prices
We're sorry, there are no dates available for this holiday at the moment. Please check out our other tours and breaks or call our team on 0345 470 8558 to be notified of new dates as soon as they become available.
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.