Northumberland 100,000 Step Challenge
Looking for a serious challenge to push yourself and test your fitness? Try our Northumberland Step Challenge in the autumn where we’ll help you get your counter up to 100,000 in 3 days; we will use the magnificently unspoilt coastal path (so not too many ups and downs), the distance will work out roughly at 15-20 miles each day.
- Head out on this mini challenge with an experienced leader to discover the iconic beauty of the Northumberland coastline and inland, a fabulous section of Hadrian’s Wall
- Scenic and historical interest including castle ruins, fishing villages and the best bit of the stunning Roman wall which runs from Carlisle to Newcastle.
- Be inspired to keep it up after your short break, by some of the best walking in England.
- Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live each day’s adventure.
Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and evening activities
Great walking: all the motivation you need to keep going. You’ll want to see every single view round every corner!
Accommodation: enjoy comfortable en-suite rooms at Nether Grange, a beautiful Northumbrian property with views over the dramatic North Sea
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.
Distance: 12 miles
Great views of castles and islands on distant horizons. Wide sandy bays, nature and history combine on this remarkable walk along the Northumberland Coast. Look out for seabirds and seals.
Distance: 17 ½ miles
Ascent: 2,500 feet of ascent.
From Gilsland to Housesteads Roman Fort offers both challenge, scenic beauty and rich historical interest all at the same time. The route becomes rough and craggy beyond Cawfield but is superb walking. From Steel Rigg there are many rises and falls but we have magnificent views behind with the Wall snaking into the distance, following the high ground to take advantage of the natural defences of this dramatic landscape. We finish at the most complete Roman Fort in Britain.
Distance: 12 ½ miles
We reach the finishing line and 100,00 steps with another fabulous coastal walk from High Newton, back to Alnmouth (tides may force this route to be reversed). This suitably grand finale of a coastal walk takes in the sweeping arc of Embleton Bay, Dunstanburgh Castle and Craster, before continuing to Alnmouth.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
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.
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.
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.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
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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