4-Night Northumberland Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

Duration: 4 nights
Type: Solos Holidays
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £559pp £539pp

Country walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy like-minded company and a great selection of walks on the Northumberland Coast. Discover stunning beaches, iconic castles, and the peaceful Simonside and Cheviot Hills.

Holiday Highlights

  • Follow the River Aln past magnificent Alnwick Castle
  • Walk in the Simonside Hills
  • Walk to the clifftop Dunstanburgh Castle near a rich site for seabirds
  • See the best of the Northumberland coast
  • Get to know other solo travellers as you walk and socialise in the evenings

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.

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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 Alnwick

 

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: Enjoy great views of Alnwick's mighty medieval castle as you follow the riverside path along the River Aln.

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

Option 2 - Along the River Aln

 

Summary: From Denwick village follow pleasant paths and by-ways down to the River Aln and pass Alnwick castle on the way to Hulne Deer Park. Here visit the Priory Ruins before returning to Alnwick.

Highlight: The curious statues at the Priory.

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

Option 3 - Breamish Valley Hill Fort

 

In Summary: An upland walk from the remote, winding valley of the River Breamish visiting some remarkable Iron Age hill forts in wonderful scenery. 

Highlight: The poignant memorial cairn for two cheviot shepherds.

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (660m)


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. 


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 and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
31 Aug - 04 Sep 2019 Itinerary £559 £539 Save £20 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Solos Holidays
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

4 nights from £559pp £539pp

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