4-Night Northumberland Guided Walking Holiday

Dunstanburgh Castle Panorama at Sunset
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £449pp £389pp

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 in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 3 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Any transport to and from the walks

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.

Get away from it all to explore peaceful Northumberland on our guided walks. Enjoy stunning walks along the coast in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, taking in the iconic castles at Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Lindisfarne, and looking out for dolphins and seals. Heading inland the Cheviot and Simonside Hills in the Northumberland National Park each offer rare tranquility; two of England's undiscovered gems. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this beautiful landscape to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Nether Grange

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 - Duddo Stone Circle to Etal

Distance: 6 miles (9km) 

Ascent: 280 feet (80m) 

In SummaryDiscover a prehistoric stone circle and follow a riverside walk beside the River Till to reach the pretty village of Etal with its medieval castle.  

Highlight: Duddo Stone Circle, ancient standing monoliths and the Battle of Flodden display in Etal Castle. 

 

Option 2 - Ford Moss to Etal

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

In SummaryWildlife, industrial archaeology and some tremendous views all combine on Ford Moss Nature Reserve, deep in rural Northumberland.  

HighlightThe views of the Cheviot Hills, the Northumberland Coast and the Eildon Hills across the Border in Scotland. 

 

Option 3 - Across Two Moors to Etal

Distance:  miles (15km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (260m) 

In SummaryThis is a prehistoric landscape, known to ancient people. The Devil's Causeway, a Roman road is nearby and there are views to the Cheviot Hills, the Northumberland Coast and well into the Scottish Borders. 

HighlightA Northumberland speciality, prehistoric rock art, the cup and ring marked rocks, believed to be Bronze Age or older carved into the rocks high on a sandstone ridge. 

 


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.

 

 


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. 

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Get away from it all to explore peaceful Northumberland on our guided walks. Enjoy stunning walks along the coast in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, taking in the iconic castles at Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Lindisfarne, and looking out for dolphins and seals. Heading inland the Cheviot and Simonside Hills in the Northumberland National Park each offer rare tranquility; two of England's undiscovered gems. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this beautiful landscape to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Nether Grange

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 - Duddo Stone Circle to Etal

Distance: 6 miles (9km) 

Ascent: 280 feet (80m) 

In SummaryDiscover a prehistoric stone circle and follow a riverside walk beside the River Till to reach the pretty village of Etal with its medieval castle.  

Highlight: Duddo Stone Circle, ancient standing monoliths and the Battle of Flodden display in Etal Castle. 

 

Option 2 - Ford Moss to Etal

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

In SummaryWildlife, industrial archaeology and some tremendous views all combine on Ford Moss Nature Reserve, deep in rural Northumberland.  

HighlightThe views of the Cheviot Hills, the Northumberland Coast and the Eildon Hills across the Border in Scotland. 

 

Option 3 - Across Two Moors to Etal

Distance:  miles (15km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (260m) 

In SummaryThis is a prehistoric landscape, known to ancient people. The Devil's Causeway, a Roman road is nearby and there are views to the Cheviot Hills, the Northumberland Coast and well into the Scottish Borders. 

HighlightA Northumberland speciality, prehistoric rock art, the cup and ring marked rocks, believed to be Bronze Age or older carved into the rocks high on a sandstone ridge. 

 


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.

 

 


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


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 - 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.

 

 


Option 1 - Duddo Stone Circle to Etal

Distance: 6 miles (9km) 

Ascent: 280 feet (80m) 

In SummaryDiscover a prehistoric stone circle and follow a riverside walk beside the River Till to reach the pretty village of Etal with its medieval castle.  

Highlight: Duddo Stone Circle, ancient standing monoliths and the Battle of Flodden display in Etal Castle. 

 

Option 2 - Ford Moss to Etal

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

In SummaryWildlife, industrial archaeology and some tremendous views all combine on Ford Moss Nature Reserve, deep in rural Northumberland.  

HighlightThe views of the Cheviot Hills, the Northumberland Coast and the Eildon Hills across the Border in Scotland. 

 

Option 3 - Across Two Moors to Etal

Distance:  miles (15km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (260m) 

In SummaryThis is a prehistoric landscape, known to ancient people. The Devil's Causeway, a Roman road is nearby and there are views to the Cheviot Hills, the Northumberland Coast and well into the Scottish Borders. 

HighlightA Northumberland speciality, prehistoric rock art, the cup and ring marked rocks, believed to be Bronze Age or older carved into the rocks high on a sandstone ridge. 

 


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. 

 


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 - 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.

 

 


Option 1 - Duddo Stone Circle to Etal

Distance: 6 miles (9km) 

Ascent: 280 feet (80m) 

In SummaryDiscover a prehistoric stone circle and follow a riverside walk beside the River Till to reach the pretty village of Etal with its medieval castle.  

Highlight: Duddo Stone Circle, ancient standing monoliths and the Battle of Flodden display in Etal Castle. 

 

Option 2 - Ford Moss to Etal

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

In SummaryWildlife, industrial archaeology and some tremendous views all combine on Ford Moss Nature Reserve, deep in rural Northumberland.  

HighlightThe views of the Cheviot Hills, the Northumberland Coast and the Eildon Hills across the Border in Scotland. 

 

Option 3 - Across Two Moors to Etal

Distance:  miles (15km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (260m) 

In SummaryThis is a prehistoric landscape, known to ancient people. The Devil's Causeway, a Roman road is nearby and there are views to the Cheviot Hills, the Northumberland Coast and well into the Scottish Borders. 

HighlightA Northumberland speciality, prehistoric rock art, the cup and ring marked rocks, believed to be Bronze Age or older carved into the rocks high on a sandstone ridge. 

 


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


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.

 

 


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 Embleton

Distance: 5 miles (7.5km)

Ascent: 300 feet (80m)

In Summary: We head north today from Craster walking along coastal paths and finishing in Embleton.

Highlight: On today's walk we will pass Dunstanburgh Castle, a prominent feature perched on the headland, aptly named Castle Point.

 

Option 2 - Low Newton and Embleton

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km) 

Ascent: 350 feet (100m)

In Summary: As the other walks in today's schedule, we first pass Dunstanburgh Castle and head for Embleton via the coastal village of Low Newton.

Highlight: The freshwater pools at Newton Pool Nature Reserve serve as a great pit-stop for migrating birds. Keep your eyes peeled for rare birds dropping in on the breeze.

Option 3 - Embleton Bay

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 520 feet (160m)

In Summary: Starting at Craster, this fine coastal walk arcs around the beautiful Embleton Bay. We then make a loop around High Newton before returning to Embleton.

Highlight: The expansive skies and sandscapes of Embleton Bay. The views on this stretch of coastline are huge!


Option 1 - Rothbury, Dove Crag & the River Coquet

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 1,160 feet (350m)

In Summary: Starting from Rothbury we follow St Oswalds Way onto the lower slopes of the Simonside Ridge. Moorland, forest and field paths with a sprinkling of pre-history on the way, take us to Thropton where we may meet up with the other groups for a drink before heading back to Nether Grange.

Highlight: Excellent views over the fine rolling countryside of Northumberland. Look out for the ancient cup-and-ring stones on Garleigh Moor. 

Option 2 - Prehistoric Rothbury

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In Summary: Starting in the village of Thropton we climb steadily through woodland to the summit of Dove Crag, on the Simonside Hills. From there we descend into Rothbury via the Beacon and Garleigh Moor then follow fieldpaths back to Thropton. 

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

Option 3 - Simonside Ridge

Distance: 10½ miles (17km) 

Ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)

In Summary: The walk will follow part of St Oswald's Way from Rothbury onto Simonside for an 'al fresco' lunch either on or below the Simonside Ridge. We will then descend to Thropton for a pint and a warm through with the other groups in the local pub.

Highlight: Standing on the exposed sandstone formations that define the Simonside Ridge it's easy to see why the bronze age people revered them as spiritually significant features, the view up there really is vast.


Option 1 - Budle Bay

Distance: 4½ miles (7km) 

Ascent: 180 feet (60m)

In Summary: We stride out from Seahouses to Bamburgh and then extend our loop around the corner of Budle Bay.

Highlight: Wonderful walking along impressive dunescapes.

Option 2 - High Newton to Bamburgh

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: Taking in Beadnell Bay, Seahouses and Bamburgh, this walk covers a stunning section of the Northumbrian Coast.

Highlight: The final few miles of walking along vast sandy beaches towards the impressive ramparts of Bamburgh Castle.

Option 3 - Low Newton to Bamburgh

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: Starting out with a loop of Low Newton, we get views south to Embleton Bay, as well as Beadnell Bay, Seahouses and the stunning fortifications of Bamburgh Castle.

Highlight: The castle at Bamburgh is still inhabited, and is perfectly placed on the headland on the edge of the village.


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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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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
2020
16 Mar - 20 Mar
4 Version 5 (runs 2019/20) £449 £389 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
23 Mar - 27 Mar
4 Version 5 (runs 2019/20) £449 £389 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
30 Mar - 03 Apr
4 Version 1 (runs 2020) £515 £455 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
10 Apr - 14 Apr
4 Version 3 (runs 2020) £515 £455 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
20 Apr - 24 Apr
4 Version 3 (runs 2020) £515 £485 Save £30 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
27 Apr - 01 May
4 Version 3 (runs 2020) £515 £455 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
04 May - 08 May
4 Version 2 (runs 2020) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
11 May - 15 May
4 Version 3 (runs 2020) £549 £529 Save £20 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
18 May - 22 May
4 Version 2 (runs 2020) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
25 May - 29 May
4 Version 1 (runs 2019) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
08 Jun - 12 Jun
4 Version 1 (runs 2020) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
29 Jun - 03 Jul
4 Version 2 (runs 2020) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
06 Jul - 10 Jul
4 Version 3 (runs 2020) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
13 Jul - 17 Jul
4 Version 2 (runs 2020) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
20 Jul - 24 Jul
4 Version 1 (runs 2020) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
27 Jul - 31 Jul
4 Version 2 (runs 2020) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
03 Aug - 07 Aug
4 Version 1 (runs 2020) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
10 Aug - 14 Aug
4 Version 1 (runs 2019) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
17 Aug - 21 Aug
4 Version 1 (runs 2020) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
24 Aug - 28 Aug
4 Version 1 (runs 2020) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
07 Sep - 11 Sep
4 Version 1 (runs 2019) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
21 Sep - 25 Sep
4 Version 1 (runs 2020) £549 £514 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
28 Sep - 02 Oct
4 Version 1 (runs 2020) £515 £480 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
05 Oct - 09 Oct
4 Version 1 (runs 2019) £515 £455 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
12 Oct - 16 Oct
4 Version 1 (runs 2020) £515 £455 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
02 Nov - 06 Nov
4 Version 5 (runs 2019/20) £449 £389 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

4 nights from £449pp £389pp

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