Festive Self-guided Walking at Alnmouth
Northumberland's historic coastline
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Hills & moorland
Twixmas & New Year
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.
Enjoy a festive Self-guided Walking holiday on the Northumberland Coast and a warm welcome at our Country House in Alnmouth. Have some time to yourself, go at your own pace then join us afterwards for delicious festive food, a drink from the bar and to share stories from your day.
Our historic 4-star Country House, just a stones' throw from the beach at Alnmouth with sea view, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, our legendary picnic lunches, and our excellent boot and drying room. To help you explore we'll give you a free Ordnance Survey map, plus detailed route notes for our recommended walking and cycle routes. On many holidays our experienced leaders are on hand to offer help and advice.
Great value. What’s included:
- Full Board accommodation - breakfast, evening meal and an extensive walkers' picnic lunch
- A free Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale Explorer map of the local area with every booking
- Detailed route notes, ranging from short strolls to longer coastal walks
- Country House Escapes guide – full of information about local attractions, activities and suggested itineraries to help plan your break
- All the Country House facilities, including our well equipped boot and drying room
- On many holidays our experienced walking leaders are available to offer help and advice
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 Discovery Point at Nether Grange is the starting point for your outdoor adventure. You'll find:
- Our recommended walking and cycling routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow
- Comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks
- Ideas and contacts for more active options such as kayaking and pony trekking
- A daily weather forecast
When you're not walking, there's plenty to do locally. Why not visit nearby Alnwick Castle, explore the coast by bike, or see the amazing wildlife on the Farne Islands. See the 'Local Area' tab for further ideas.
Detailed walking notes: all our walking notes contain detailed directions, route maps, and information about the places of interest on the route.
|Travel by car||Travel by bus||No transport required|
Laid back walks
Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the coastline and countryside. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.
|Dunstanburgh Castle - 3 miles|
|Along the beach to Bamburgh Castle - 4 miles|
|Exploring Holy Island - 4 miles|
|Around Alnmouth - 4 miles|
Leg stretcher walks
Some longer walks generally on good paths. Experience the beauty of the Northumberland coast and countryside as you walk through stunning scenery.
|Alnwick & Brizlee Tower - 5 miles|
|Beadnell to Bamburgh - 6 miles|
|Alnmouth to Warkworth - 6 miles|
|Craster to Alnmouth - 7 miles|
Full on walks
For those who enjoy striding out. These walks include some longer routes along the coast, or head inland to the hills.
|Alnmouth to Alnwick - 8 miles|
|Along the Aln Valley - 8 miles|
|Alnwick Castle & Hulne Park - 10 miles|
|Dunstanburgh Castle to Alnmouth - 10 miles|
|Rothbury & Simonside Hills - 11 miles|
What our HF Holidays' route testers say:
Alnmouth to Alnwick -"What a great way to get to Alnwick. This almost flat walk follows the River Aln through wonderful countryside and gives one of the best views of Alnwick Castle. On the way you will see a wide variety of waterfowl and numerous types of bridges." Steve Perry, HF Holidays' Leader
Ross Back Sands - "This is a genuinely fantastic walk and I recommend it highly. The beach is huge, it's empty of people and so big that a few people on the beach makes absolutely no difference to the experience." Patrick Norris, HF Holidays' Leader
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.
Dates & Prices
|27 Dec 2016||ALPXA - Festive Self-guided - Alnmouth||3||£325.00||Book Now|
|3 Jan 2017||ALPXA - Festive Self-guided - Alnmouth||4||£285.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- 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