Christmas & New Year Walking at Alnmouth

Northumberland

Code: ALXFW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
  • Twixmas & New Year
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Easier
  • Easy
  • Medium
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Difficulty indicator

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.

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From £389.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Mile after mile of white sandy beaches, iconic castles and a wealth of winter wildlife including pochard, golden eye, shoveler and teal, 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.

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

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 present on Christmas Day
  • A celebration dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day and New Years Eve

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Nether Grange in Northumberland

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

Classic Rooms
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV 
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• 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
Family Rooms
• 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

Facilities

• 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
• Conservatory
• Ballroom

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Alnmouth evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


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.

Itinerary

Our House Manager and leaders have put together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday. 

The Walks programme

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:
Easier: up to a maximum of 6 miles (9.5km)
Medium:up to a maximum of 8 miles (13km)
Harder: up to a maximum of 11 miles (17.5km)


Christmas – Festive Guided Walking 

 

Saturday 24 December 2016 – Christmas Eve

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.


Sunday 25 December 2016 – Christmas Day

We can build up an appetite for our Christmas dinner with a choice of walks which enjoy the best of Alnmouth’s local scenery and history. All start from and return to Nether Grange.

When you return to Nether Grange there will be presents under the Christmas tree before our Christmas lunch. Our celebration Christmas dinner is the highlight of the evening - enjoy traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer.


Monday 26 December 2016 – Boxing Day

Today we have walks of varying lengths covering the fabulous stretch of coast which starts near Embleton Bay and finishes back at Alnmouth, featuring low cliff paths and unspoilt beaches. The walks take in the atmospheric ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and the pretty fishing port of Craster.


Wednesday 28 December 2016

Alnwick lies in the heart of some beautiful countryside, none more so than the historic parkland which surrounds the castle, created by Capability Brown. 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.


Thursday 29 December 2016

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 leaves Wooler on a steady ascent west around Humbleton Hill, and continues along a high-level grass track with fantastic views. The walk returns to town via Wooler Common. The harder walk follows Carey Burn and uses St Cuthbert’s Way to cross Wooler Common and Humbleton Hill, before descending to Wooler.


New Year – Festive Guided Walking

 

Saturday 31 December 2016 – New Year’s Eve

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.


Sunday 1 January 2017

We wish all our guests a Happy New Year. Today we’ll offer a slightly later breakfast. We see in the New Year with circular walks which enjoy the best of Alnmouth’s local scenery and history. All start from and return to Nether Grange.


Monday 2 January 2017

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.

Local area

Discover Northumberland

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 CastleAlnwick 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

 

Bamburgh Castle from the beachBamburgh Castle
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

 

Two puffins on the Farne IslandsFarne Islands
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

 

Lindisfarne
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
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

Cragside HouseCragside House
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

 

Impressive frontage of Seaton Delaval HallSeaton 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

 

 

Tyne bridges in NewcastleNewcastle-upon-Tyne
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.

 

Hadrian’s Wall
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

Travel to Alnmouth

Our address is: Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RZ

How to get to us by train

By train:

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).

 Train at Alnmouth station

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.

 

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 

 Travel by plane

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.

 Quantas Boeing 747

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
23 Dec 2017 ALXFW - Festive Walking – Alnmouth 4 £695.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2017 ALXFW - Festive Walking - Alnmouth 7 £969.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 ALXFW - Festive Walking – Alnmouth 3 £389.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 ALXFW - Festive Walking - Alnmouth 7 £899.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2017 ALXFW - Festive Walking – Alnmouth 4 £645.00 Book Now

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  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
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