3-Night Northumberland Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 2 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £349pp £324pp

Discover England’s last frontier, home to castles, never-ending seascapes and tales of border battles. Our guided walking holidays in Northumberland will introduce you to the hidden gems of this unspoilt county, including sweeping sandy beaches and the remote wild beauty of the Cheviot and Simonside Hills.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of Northumberland on foot
  • Admire sweeping seascapes from the coast of this stunning area of outstanding natural beauty
  • Head into the Cheviots to discover what makes this area so special, from the solitude of the hills to the clarity of the night sky
  • Let an experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about this stretch of the North East coast's rich history
  • Evenings in our country house where you share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation at our country house
  • Outdoor pool with a view
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • Celebration dinner on day 3
  • 2 full days of guided walking with choice of easier, medium and harder grades
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Transport to and from the walks on day 3, plus an optional ride on a cliff railway

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.


Option 1 - Craster to Alnmouth

Distance: 7½ miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 450 feet (140m) 

In SummaryWalk south along the coast from the quaint fishing village of Craster to Alnmouth.* Walk on the low cliffs and the beach, with fantastic sea views throughout. 

Highlight: Explore the atmospheric harbour at Craster, and let your nose lead you to famous kipper smokehouse. 

*due to a stretch of beach walking, this walk may be reversed to avoid doing so at/near high tide

Option 2 - Dunstanburgh Castle

Distance: 10½ miles (17km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (220m) 

In SummaryWalk from Embleton to the iconic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, then follow the path all the way back along the beautiful Northumberland Coast to Alnmouth.* 

HighlightDunstanburgh Castle occupies a glorious cliff-top position. Look out for fulmars, razorbills and kittiwakes nesting nearby.

*due to a stretch of beach walking, this walk may be reversed to avoid doing so at/near high tide

Option 3 - High Newton to Alnmouth

Distance: 12½ miles (20km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (220m) 

In SummaryStarting further north at High Newton this grand coastal walk takes in the sweeping arc of Embleton Bay, Dunstanburgh Castle and Craster, before continuing to Alnmouth.* 

HighlightA glorious opportunity to see the best of the Northumberland Coast. With luck you may see seals, as well as the rich array of birdlife.

*due to a stretch of beach walking, this walk may be reversed to avoid doing so at/near high tide


Option 1 - St Cuthbert's Way

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In SummaryFollow the St Cuthbert’s Way, onto the northern edge of the Cheviot Hills. Pass Tom Tallon’s Crag, with fine views into Scotland, and then descend to the little market town of Wooler. 

Highlight: An opportunity to get away from it all and appreciate these tranquil landscapes. 

 

Option 2 - Carey Burn

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In SummaryA rambling walk to Wooler through the lower slopes of the Cheviots. Our walk takes in the peaceful valley of Carey Burn and the historic battle site of Humbleton Hill. 

HighlightLook out for the distinctive white-breasted Dippers feeding in the clear waters of Carey Burn. 

 

Option 3 - Yeavering Bell

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In SummaryHead deeper into the Cheviots, including a fairly steep ascent onto Yeavering Bell. Our return route crosses the moor, then descends along the St Cuthbert's Way to Wooler. 

HighlightThe view from the top of Yeavering Bell is one of the finest in the whole of the Cheviots. 

 


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.


Option 1 - Lindisfarne & Bamburgh

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Ascent: minimal 

In SummaryToday is split into two, the order of which depends on the tides. Discover the Holy Island of Lindisfarne where our walk takes in a romantic castle, medieval priory, rich wildlife and many wonderful views. The other half of the day is spent exploring the wilder side of the Bamburgh Coast. 

Highlight: Crossing the tidal causeway to Lindisfarne to discover this jewel of the Northumberland Coast and its fascinating early Christian history. 

 

Option 2 - Bamburgh coast

Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

In SummaryFollow 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. 

HighlightThe final leg along the sands to Bamburgh, with great views of the imposing castle that was once the seat of early Northumbrian Kings.

 

 

Option 3 - Embleton to Bamburgh

Distance: 12 miles (19km) 

Ascent: 450 feet (140m) 

In SummaryA fantastic longer walk from Embleton to Bamburgh with great views of castles and islands on distant horizons. Wide sandy bays, nature and history combine on this a remarkable walk along the Northumberland Coast. 

HighlightLook out for seabirds and seals, and the rich array of other wildlife that makes its home in this glorious coastal habitat. 

 


Option 1 - St Cuthbert's Way

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In SummaryFollow the St Cuthbert’s Way, onto the northern edge of the Cheviot Hills. Pass Tom Tallon’s Crag, with fine views into Scotland, and then descend to the little market town of Wooler. 

Highlight: An opportunity to get away from it all and appreciate these tranquil landscapes. 

 

Option 2 - Carey Burn

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In SummaryA rambling walk to Wooler through the lower slopes of the Cheviots. Our walk takes in the peaceful valley of Carey Burn and the historic battle site of Humbleton Hill. 

HighlightLook out for the distinctive white-breasted Dippers feeding in the clear waters of Carey Burn. 

 

Option 3 - Yeavering Bell

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In SummaryHead deeper into the Cheviots, including a fairly steep ascent onto Yeavering Bell. Our return route crosses the moor, then descends along the St Cuthbert's Way to Wooler. 

HighlightThe view from the top of Yeavering Bell is one of the finest in the whole of the Cheviots. 

 


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.


Option 1 - Craster to Alnmouth

Distance: 7½ miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 450 feet (140m) 

In SummaryWalk south along the coast from the quaint fishing village of Craster to Alnmouth.* Walk on the low cliffs and the beach, with fantastic sea views throughout. 

Highlight: Explore the atmospheric harbour at Craster, and let your nose lead you to famous kipper smokehouse. 

*due to a stretch of beach walking, this walk may be reversed to avoid doing so at/near high tide

Option 2 - Dunstanburgh Castle

Distance: 10½ miles (17km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (220m) 

In SummaryWalk from Embleton to the iconic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, then follow the path all the way back along the beautiful Northumberland Coast to Alnmouth.* 

HighlightDunstanburgh Castle occupies a glorious cliff-top position. Look out for fulmars, razorbills and kittiwakes nesting nearby.

*due to a stretch of beach walking, this walk may be reversed to avoid doing so at/near high tide

Option 3 - High Newton to Alnmouth

Distance: 12½ miles (20km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (220m) 

In SummaryStarting further north at High Newton this grand coastal walk takes in the sweeping arc of Embleton Bay, Dunstanburgh Castle and Craster, before continuing to Alnmouth.* 

HighlightA glorious opportunity to see the best of the Northumberland Coast. With luck you may see seals, as well as the rich array of birdlife.

*due to a stretch of beach walking, this walk may be reversed to avoid doing so at/near high tide


Option 1 - Around Rothbury

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m) 

In SummaryA circuit from Rothbury heads onto the hills above the town, following the winding carriage drive, which loops round the forests and moorland of Lord Armstrong’s Cragside Estate. 

Highlight: Look out over the fine rolling countryside of Northumberland with excellent views of the Cheviot and Simonside Hills.

Option 2 - Simonside Hills

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In SummaryWalk from Rothbury through fieldpaths to the village of Thropton, then climb steadily through woodland to the summit of Dove Crag, on the Simonside Hills. We descend back into Rothbury via the Beacon and Garleigh Moor. 

HighlightThe Simonside Hills are a real hidden gem. Look out for the ancient cup-and-ring stones on top of Garleigh Moor. 

 

Option 3 - Along the Simonside Hills

Distance: 10½ miles (17km) 

Ascent: 1,900 feet (580m) 

In SummaryAscend via Garleigh Moor to walk the length of the Simonside Hills. After a steep descent from the summit, we drop down through woodland to Thropton, then climb again to follow part of the carriage-drive back into Rothbury. 

HighlightEnjoy panoramic views up Coquetdale and into the Cheviots from the top of the Simonside Hills.

 

 


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.


Option 1 - Along the coast from Boulmer to Craster

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 450 feet (140m)

In Summary: Starting at Boulmer we walk north along the Northumberland Coast Path, to the village of Craster. We'll finish the day here, after a loop north of the village with views towards the impressive headland ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

Highlight: The imposing ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle visible from the high ground north of Craster.

 

Option 2 - Along the coast from Seaton House to Craster

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 450 feet (140m)

In Summary: Starting at Seaton House, we walk north along the Northumberland Coast Path, to the village of Craster. We'll finish the day here, after a loop north of the village with views towards the impressive headland ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

Highlight: The imposing ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle visible from the high ground north of Craster.

Option 3 - Alnmouth to Craster

Distance: 11 miles (17½km) 

Ascent: 450 feet (140m)

In Summary: From the house we head north on today's walk across the beach to Boulmer. We continue on to Craster to join the other two groups for a well earned pint!

Highlight: An opportunity to see some of the best of the Northumberland Coast's fauna. With luck you may see grey seals, gannets, and possibly even fulmar and kittiwakes gliding across the top of the surf.


Option 1 - Warkwarth to Alnmouth

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km) 

Ascent: 380 feet (120m)

In Summary: Starting in historic Warkworth, follow in the footsteps of St Oswald along the coast to Alnmouth.

Highlight: Warkworth's medieval castle and the expansive views out to sea.

 

Option 2 - Amble to Alnmouth

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In Summary: Starting from the harbour village of Amble we follow the River Coquet to historic Warkwarth before continuing along the coast to Alnmouth.

Highlight: The Amble harbour boardwalk gives spectacular views of Coquet Island wildlife sanctuary

 

Option 3 - Hauxley Nature Reserve to Alnmouth

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)

Total ascent: 560 feet (170m)

In Summary: From Northumberland Wildlife Trust's nature reserve at Hauxley, a varied walk all the way back to Alnmouth via the harbour at Amble and historic Warkwarth.

Highlight: Wildlife spotting at the nature reserve


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 £15-25 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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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

  • Waterproof 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)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

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

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.

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Type:
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Walking Grade:
1 & 2

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