7-Night Northumberland Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Festive Breaks
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £945pp £920pp

Mile after mile of white sandy beaches, iconic castles and a wealth of winter wildlife make the Northumberland coast the ideal escape. After your walks, take a hot cuppa and sit on the beach to watch for shooting stars - magical. Spend the festive season in Northumberland, socialising and walking in this beautiful place. There’s something magical about walking in winter. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breathtaking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. Join our festive breaks and choose from a guided walking holiday in the company of one of our knowledgeable leaders. We pull out all the stops on our festive holidays, with fabulous food, lots of seasonal entertainment and great walks and activities. The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. So wrap up warm, lace up your boots and go for an invigorating walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover Northumberland's iconic castles and beautiful beaches
  • Contrast scenic coastal strolls and jolly fishing harbours
  • Enjoy the warm hospitality of historic Nether Grange- fantastic food and wonderful seascapes await
  • Let our leaders bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation
  • A full programme of guided walks or activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' Leaders
  • Transport to and from the walks
  • Activities in the evenings
  • A packed programme of evening activities offering something festive for everyone, including some old HF favourites
  • A celebration dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day and New Years Eve

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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 to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


All walks today are centred on the picturesque village of Rothbury, in the very heart of Northumberland. The easier walk goes from the Cragside estate through woods and moorland to the village. The medium walk follows a mix of old estate tracks, open moorland and woodland through hamlets such as Pondicherry and then follows the River Coquet into Rothbury.

Or work a little harder for fabulous views over the village from Simonside Crag – then descend after Dove Crag to Garleigh Moor, with its cup-and-ring stones, to eventually arrive back in the village.


Today we have walks of varying lengths covering the fabulous stretch of coast between Boulmer and Embleton Bay featuring low cliff paths and unspoilt beaches. All walks visit the pretty village port of Craster, and the medium and harder pass the atmospheric ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.


Today our walks are all based around the attractive market town of Wooler. The easier walk climbs steadily east from near Haugh Head to enjoy 360° panoramic views before returning to Wooler over Weetwood Moor and along St Cuthbert’s Way. The medium walk skirts around the bottom of Yeavering Bell to join St Cuthbert’s Way, which descends to Wooler via Colbury Hill. The harder walk follows Carey Burn and uses St Cuthbert’s Way to cross Wooler Common and Humbleton Hill, before descending to Wooler.



Alnwick lies in the heart of some beautiful countryside, none more so than the historic Capability Brown designed parkland that surrounds the castle. Good paths and tracks provide interesting as well as scenic routes into the medieval market town of Alnwick, with its many cobbled streets, narrow alleys and fine stone buildings.


Another set of superb coastal walks today with views of Dunstanburgh and the Farne Islands. The easier walk heads east from the edge of Budle Bay and continues along the beach past Bamburgh and its beautiful Norman castle and on to Seahouses. The Medium walk starts from Beadnell while the harder walk leaves Low Newton and both head north along the same coastal paths and beaches to reach Bamburgh.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Alnwick lies in the heart of some beautiful countryside, none more so than the historic Capability Brown designed parkland that surrounds the castle. Good paths and tracks provide interesting as well as scenic routes into the medieval market town of Alnwick, with its many cobbled streets, narrow alleys and fine stone buildings.


Another set of superb coastal walks today with views of Dunstanburgh and the Farne Islands. The easier walk heads east from the edge of Budle Bay and continues along the beach past Bamburgh and its beautiful Norman castle and on to Seahouses. The Medium walk starts from Beadnell while the harder walk leaves Low Newton and both head north along the same coastal paths and beaches to reach Bamburgh.



All walks today are centred on the picturesque village of Rothbury, in the very heart of Northumberland. The easier walk goes from the Cragside estate through woods and moorland to the village. The medium walk follows a mix of old estate tracks, open moorland and woodland through hamlets such as Pondicherry and then follows the River Coquet into Rothbury. Or work a little harder for fabulous views over the village from Simonside Crag – then descend after Dove Crag to Garleigh Moor, with its cup-and-ring stones, to eventually arrive back in the village.


Today we have walks of varying lengths covering the fabulous stretch of coast between Boulmer and Embleton Bay featuring low cliff paths and unspoilt beaches. All walks visit the pretty village port of Craster, and the medium and harder pass the atmospheric ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.


Today our walks are all based around the attractive market town of Wooler. The easier walk climbs steadily east from near Haugh Head to enjoy 360° panoramic views before returning to Wooler over Weetwood Moor and along St Cuthbert’s Way. The medium walk skirts around the bottom of Yeavering Bell to join St Cuthbert’s Way, which descends to Wooler via Colbury Hill. The harder walk follows Carey Burn and uses St Cuthbert’s Way to cross Wooler Common and Humbleton Hill, before descending to Wooler.


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.

 

Rooms

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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

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.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Nether Grange

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What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
  • Sun hat and sunscreen (we may just get lucky and have some festive sunshine!)

Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2019
23 Dec - 30 Dec
7 Christmas £995 £965 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
27 Dec - 03 Jan
7 New Year £945 £920 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
2020
23 Dec - 30 Dec
7 Christmas £1,029 Available Trip Notes Book Now
27 Dec - 03 Jan
7 New Year £979 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Festive Breaks
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

7 nights from £945pp £920pp

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