Guided Walking at Alnmouth

Northumberland

Code: ALBOB

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  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
  • Wildlife

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Holiday overview

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.

 

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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.

 

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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

Discover Northumberland on Foot

Get away from it all to explore peaceful Northumberland on our guided walks. Enjoy stunning walks along the coast, taking in the iconic castles at Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Lindisfarne, with the opportunity to see puffins and seals. Heading inland the Cheviot and Simonside Hills 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 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

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

The Meadows, Hulne Park and Alnwick

Available on: 20 Jun 2017, 27 Jun 2017, 4 Jul 2017, 11 Jul 2017, 18 Jul 2017, 25 Jul 2017, 1 Aug 2017, 8 Aug 2017, 15 Aug 2017, 22 Aug 2017, 29 Aug 2017, 5 Sep 2017, 12 Sep 2017, 19 Sep 2017, 26 Sep 2017, 3 Oct 2017, 24 Oct 2017, 31 Oct 2017, 8 Nov 2017

Option 1: Around Alnwick

Riverside view of Alnwick Castle

Distance: 7 miles

Total ascent: 800 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the River Aln, past Alnwick Castle and into Hulne Deer Park, part of the Duke of Northumberland’s estate. Here we’ll see the striking remains of Hulne Priory, before returning to the historic town of Alnwick.

Don’t miss: Enjoy great views of Alnwick's mighty medieval castle as you follow the riverside path along the River Aln.

Option 2: Brizlee Tower

View from the top of Brizlee Hill

Distance: 10 miles

Total ascent: 1,150 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the River Aln beside the castle, then take the full circular route through Hulne Deer Park, climbing to Brizlee Tower  and visiting Hulne Priory, before returning to historic Alnwick. 

Don’t miss: Admire the sweeping views of the surrounding countryside from the top of Brizlee Hill.

Option 3: Hulne Park circuit

Alnwick Castle from the river

Distance: 12 miles

Total ascent: 1,200 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Follow by-ways and paths down to the River Aln, then pass Alnwick Castle on our way to Hulne Deer Park. Here we will visit the ruins of Hulne Priory and climb to Brizlee Tower, before making our way back to Alnwick. 

Don’t miss: The River Aln is followed for large sections of the walk. The river is home to salmon and trout; you may see herons, and maybe even otters feeding.


Rothbury and the Simonside Hills

Available on: 22 Jun 2017, 29 Jun 2017, 6 Jul 2017, 13 Jul 2017, 21 Jul 2017, 27 Jul 2017, 4 Aug 2017, 10 Aug 2017, 18 Aug 2017, 24 Aug 2017, 28 Aug 2017, 7 Sep 2017, 14 Sep 2017, 21 Sep 2017, 28 Sep 2017, 5 Oct 2017, 7 Oct 2017, 17 Oct 2017, 21 Oct 2017, 28 Oct 2017, 12 Nov 2017

Option 1: Around Rothbury

View over purple heather moorland to Rothbury

Distance: 7 miles

Total ascent: 1,100 feet

The walk in a nutshell: A 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.

Don’t miss: Look out over the fine rolling countryside of Northumberland with excelllent views of the Cheviot and Simonside Hills.

Option 2: Simonside Hills

Path on the Simonside Hills

Distance: 9 miles

Total ascent: 1,450 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.

Don’t miss: The 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

Rugged walking on the Simonside Hills

Distance: 10½ miles

Total ascent: 1,900 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend 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.

Don’t miss: Enjoy panoramic views up Coquetdale and into the Cheviots from the top of the Simonside Hills.


Exploring Northumberland’s early history

Available on: 23 Jun 2017, 30 Jun 2017, 7 Jul 2017, 14 Jul 2017, 16 Jul 2017, 28 Jul 2017, 30 Jul 2017, 11 Aug 2017, 13 Aug 2017, 25 Aug 2017, 31 Aug 2017, 8 Sep 2017, 15 Sep 2017, 22 Sep 2017, 29 Sep 2017, 6 Oct 2017, 19 Oct 2017, 25 Oct 2017, 29 Oct 2017, 7 Nov 2017

Option 1: Lindisfarne & Bamburgh

Walking to Lindisfarne Castle

Distance: 6 miles (in two sections)

Total ascent: minimal

The walk in a nutshell: Today 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.

Don’t miss: Crossing the tidal causeway to Lindisfarne to discover this jewel of the Northumberland Coast and its fascinating early Christian history.

Option 2: Bamburgh coast

Puffin eating sand eels

Distance: 10 miles

Total ascent: 400 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Follow 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.

Don’t miss: The 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

Bamburgh Castle from the beach

Distance: 12 miles

Total ascent: 450 feet

The walk in a nutshell: A 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.

Don’t miss: Look out for seabirds and seals, and the rich array of other wildlife that makes its home in this glorious coastal habitat.

Bamburgh Castle image: credit Visit England/Visit Northumberland


Along the Northumberland Coast

Available on: 25 Jun 2017, 2 Jul 2017, 9 Jul 2017, 20 Jul 2017, 23 Jul 2017, 3 Aug 2017, 6 Aug 2017, 17 Aug 2017, 20 Aug 2017, 27 Aug 2017, 3 Sep 2017, 10 Sep 2017, 17 Sep 2017, 24 Sep 2017, 1 Oct 2017, 22 Oct 2017, 1 Nov 2017, 11 Nov 2017

Option 1: Craster to Alnmouth

Man with a rack of smoked kippers at Craster

Distance: 7½ miles

Total ascent: 450 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.

Don’t miss: Explore the atmospheric harbour at Craster, and let your nose lead you to famous kipper smokehouse.

Option 2: Dunstanburgh Castle

Group of walkers heading along the coast from Dunstanburgh Castle

Distance: 10½ miles

Total ascent: 700 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Embleton to the iconic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, then follow the path all the way back along the beautiful Northumberland Coast to Alnmouth.

Don’t miss: Dunstanburgh Castle occupies a glorious cliff-top position. Look out for Fulmars, Guillemots and Puffins nesting nearby.

Option 3: High Newton to Alnmouth

Seal bobbig its head out of the sea

Distance: 12½ miles

Total ascent: 700 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Starting 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.

Don’t miss: A glorious opportunity to see the best of the Northumberland Coast. With luck you may see seals, as well as the rich array of birdlife.

Depending on tide times, these walks may be taken in the opposite direction.

Craster image credited to Visit Britain/Thomas Heaton


Ancient trails west of Wooler

Available on: 26 Jun 2017, 3 Jul 2017, 10 Jul 2017, 17 Jul 2017, 24 Jul 2017, 31 Jul 2017, 7 Aug 2017, 14 Aug 2017, 21 Aug 2017, 1 Sep 2017, 4 Sep 2017, 11 Sep 2017, 18 Sep 2017, 25 Sep 2017, 2 Oct 2017, 18 Oct 2017, 26 Oct 2017, 2 Nov 2017, 9 Nov 2017

Option 1: St Cuthbert's Way

Rolling green hills on the St Cuthbert's Way

Distance: 7 miles

Total ascent: 1,050 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Follow 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.

Don’t miss: An opportunity to get away from it all and appreciate these tranquil landscapes.

Option 2: Humbleton Hill

Signpost on the Cheviot Hills

Distance: 9 miles

Total ascent: 1,450 feet

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from Wooler onto the lower slopes of the Cheviots. Our walk takes in the peaceful valley of Carey Burn and the historic battle site of Humbleton Hill.

Don’t miss: Look out for the distinctive white-breasted Dippers feeding in the clear waters of Carey Burn.

Option 3: Yeavering Bell

High moorland of the Cheviot Hills

Distance: 9½ miles

Total ascent: 1,750 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Head deeper into the Cheviots, including a fairly steep ascent onto Yeavering Bell. Our return return route crosses the moor, then descends along the St Cuthbert's Way to Wooler.

Don’t miss: The view from the top of Yeavering Bell is one of the finest in the whole of the Cheviots.

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.

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