Guided Walking at Alnmouth
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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.
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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• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• 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
• 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
|• 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
|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.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Easier Walks Medium Walks Harder Walks
Discover the best of Northumberland on our guided walks. Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next.
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
A: Along the Northumberland Coast
Available on: 21 May 2017, 28 May 2017, 4 Jun 2017, 11 Jun 2017, 18 Jun 2017, 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
Enjoy walks along the beautiful Northumberland Coast back to Alnmouth. On the way we'll take in the atmospheric harbour at Craster, and the iconic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. Depending on tide times, these walks may be taken in the opposite direction.
Easier Walk: From Alnmouth we follow the Northumberland Coast Path northwards, with a lovely mixture of beach walking and low cliffs, passing Boulmer, the Howick Bathing House and Cullernose Point, to reach the tiny fishing port of Craster, famous for its kippers. 7.5 miles (12.5km) with 450 feet (140m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We follow the route of the Easier walk to Craster, then continue northwards and pass the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, finishing in the village of Embleton. 10.5 miles (17km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We take the same route as the Medium Walk as far as Dunstanburgh Castle, but then continue across Embleton Bay beach, and round Newton Point, to finish at High Newton. 12.5 miles (20km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent.
B: Ancient trails west of Wooler
Available on: 22 May 2017, 29 May 2017, 5 Jun 2017, 12 Jun 2017, 19 Jun 2017, 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
Today we head inland to the wild Cheviot Hills. Our walks explore the hills and valleys around the small town of Wooler - an opportunity to get away from it all and appreciate these tranquil landscapes.
Easier Walk: From the village of Kirknewton we join the route of St. Cuthbert’s Way, climbing onto the northern edge of the Cheviot hills, past Tom Tallon’s Crag, with fine views into Scotland, and then descend by moorland and forest tracks to the little market town of Wooler. 7 miles (11km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: The walk starts just south of Wooler, and follows a woodland path through Happy Valley, then alongside the Carey Burn with its plentiful wildlife. We join St. Cuthbert’s Way to cross Wooler Common and then ascend to the battle site of Humbleton Hill, before returning to Wooler. 9 miles (15km) with 1,450 feet (440m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Kirknewton we circle round West Hill and make a fairly steep ascent onto Yeavering Bell. The view from here is one of the finest in the whole of the Cheviot range. Descending to cross the moor we follow St. Cuthbert's Way into Wooler. 9.5 miles (15.5km) with 1,750 feet (540m) of ascent.
C: The Meadows, Hulne Park and Alnwick
Available on: 23 May 2017, 30 May 2017, 6 Jun 2017, 13 Jun 2017, 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
The nearby town of Alnwick is dominated by its mighty medieval castle. Our walks follow riverside paths beside the River Aln, and explore the Hulne Deer Park, part of the castle's extensive estate.
Easier Walk: From Denwick Bridge we 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. 7 miles (11.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We follow the route of the Easier Walk as far as Hulne Deer Park, where we take the full circular route, climbing to Brizlee Tower for fine views of the surrounding countryside, and visiting Hulne Priory, before returning to historic Alnwick. 10 miles (16km) with 1,150 feet (360m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Denwick village we 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. 12 miles (19.5km) with 1,200 feet (380m) of ascent.
D: Rothbury and the Simonside Hills
Available on: 25 May 2017, 1 Jun 2017, 8 Jun 2017, 15 Jun 2017, 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
The Simonside Hills rise behind the attractive market town on Rothbury. The walks here are a real delight with extensive views across the rolling countryside of Northumberland.
Easier Walk: From Rothbury we climb up to the winding carriage drive, which loops round the forests and moorland of Lord Armstrong’s Cragside Estate, giving fine views of the Cheviot and Simonside Hills. Our return route to Rothbury descends gently via Physic Lane and across fields. 7 miles (11.5km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Rothbury we head westwards by lane and 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, with its ancient cup-and-ring stones. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,450 feet (440m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Rothbury we climb via Garleigh Moor to walk the length of the Simonside Hills, with panoramic views up Coquetdale and into the Cheviots. 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. 10.5 miles (17km) with 1,900 feet (580m) of ascent.
E: Exploring Northumberland’s early history
Available on: 26 May 2017, 2 Jun 2017, 9 Jun 2017, 16 Jun 2017, 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
Enjoy the rich history and extensive wildlife of the Northumberland Coast on these popular coastal walks. Look out for seals and puffins as you explore the island of Lindisfarne, or head along the sweeping sands to Bamburgh Castle.
Easier Walk: Today is split into two, the order of which depends on the tide times. The total distance of both walks combined is 6 miles (10km) with minimal ascent.
Discover the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the jewel of the Northumberland Coast. Our walk takes in vistas of a romantic castle, a medieval priory, wildlife and many wonderful views. The other half of our day is spent exploring the wilder side of the Bamburgh Coast, admiring castles and islands on distant horizons. Wide sandy bays, nature and history combine on this remarkable walk along the Northumberland Coast.
Medium Walk: From High Newton we reach the coast, and walk along the sands to Beadnell’s old harbour and lime kilns. Passing through the village we rejoin the beach, and cross golf links to the busy port of Seahouses, with excellent views of the Farne Islands. We then continue to Bamburgh, seat of the early Northumbrian Kings. 10 miles (16km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Embleton we head down to join the coastal path, which winds through the dunes to Low Newton. From here our route is a mixture of pleasant, open farmland and wide, impressive beaches, via Beadnell and Seahouses, to our finishing point in the shadow of the iconic castle at Bamburgh. 12 miles (19km) with 450 feet (140m) of ascent.
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 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
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
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
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, 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
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
Seaton 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
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.
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 to Alnmouth
Our address is: Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RZ
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).
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.
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.
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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