Northumberland Coast Path Trail

Bamburgh Castle viewed from an elevated hillock, on the Northumberland coastline
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided trails
Walking Grade: 2
from £1,045pp

Stretching from the birdlife-rich dunes of Cresswell in the south to the walled border town of Berwick in the north, this route along the Northumberland Coast Path follows one of the finest stretches of National Landscapes-awarded coastline in the country. Over the course of 62 miles, you’ll enjoy long stretches of golden sands, timeless fishing villages, and incredible castles that played a key role in British history. You’ll also walk through no less than two National Nature Reserves for some wildlife-spotting and spend time on the ancient and myth-steeped tidal island of Lindisfarne.

What you’ll love

  • Exploring the island of Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island 
  • Discovering some of Britain’s finest coastal walking  
  • Spotting a wealth of wildlife as you walk 
  • Learning of border battles, Viking visitors, and Northumbrian tales 
  • Marvelling at Warkworth, Bamburgh, and Dunstanburgh castles 

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite rooms in our partner accommodation(s)
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee 
  • Guided walks with an experienced HF Holidays Leader  
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary  

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 380 ft (120m) 

Walking south to north, our trail begins at wildlife-rich Druridge Bay. It’s eight miles of golden sands, dunes, and is home to a string of nature reserves with a fascinating array of birdlife. From Druridge, we pass through the bustling port of Amble with views out to the RSPB reserve of Coquet Island. Our trail ends at Warkworth, known for its impressive castle and equally impressive selection of coffee shops and a fantastic chocolatier.


Distance: 13 miles (21km)

Ascent: 820 ft (250m)

We’ll walk through dunes and coastal grasslands to Alnmouth, passing St Cuthbert’s cross along the way. Continue through the town and back out along the beach to the former smuggling haunt - now sleepy fishing village - of Boulmer. North from here is Sugar Sands and the rocky headland that’s home to hundreds of kittiwakes during the summer months. The final leg of our journey takes us to Craster, home to the famous Robson’s Smokehouse, known for their Craster kippers.


Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Ascent: 380 ft (120m)

From Craster, we’ll set off over the rocky headland and ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, which overlooks swathes of golden sands and Embleton Bay. There’s Newton Pool Nature Reserve to explore before we cross Beadnell Bay to arrive at the busy port of Seahouses. From here you can spot the Farne Islands in the distance, a cluster of isles home to the UK’s largest colony of grey seals.


Distance: 11.5 miles (17.5km) 

Ascent: 800 ft (240m)

Probably one of the most photographed sections of coast is on our route today as our walk takes us through the pretty village of Bamburgh. The vision of the mighty sea facing Bamburgh Castle set behind golden sand dunes is one that thousands of visitors flock here to see each year, and rightly so. Leaving the hubbub of Bamburgh, the peace and tranquillity of Budle Bay welcomes us – another fantastic spot for birdlife. Heading inland a little, Belford is our final call. Sample a little of the local brew at the Blue Bell, or treat yourself to some cake at the café.


Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 540 ft (160m)

We contrast coastal scenes with woodland and farmland today and have left plenty of time for a visit to Holy Island. Linked to the mainland by a tidal causeway, this sacred place is where you can follow in the footsteps of St Aidan and the ancient order of monks who built their priory here nearly 1,400 years ago. Don’t miss the museum for a chance to learn more about the 8th century manuscript known as the Lindisfarne Gospels.


Distance: 12 miles (19.5km) 

Ascent: 450 ft (140m)

We’ll complete a much more remote section of coast for the final leg of our journey, leaving behind the busier beaches to enjoy the peace and solitude of Cheswick Sands Nature Reserve and Cocklawburn Beach. The walled border town of Berwick upon Tweed marks the end of our trail, as we reach the border with Scotland, and the end of the Northumberland Coast Path.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Itinerary map for Northumberland Coast Path Trail

Nether Grange

You can tell that you’re in for something special at this former 18th century granary in the heart of Alnmouth – the postcard-pretty coastal village treasured for its colourful cottages, superb walking routes, and peaceful beach where the River Aln meets the North Sea (in its heyday, it was a working river-port, exporting grain, wool, coal, and even the odd pipe of Madeira wine). Not only will you be a 40-minute drive from Northumberland National Park, but also within easy travelling distance of several visit-worthy castles, including Alnwick, Lindisfarne, Dunstanburgh, and Warkworth. If the weather’s nice, a boat trip to the Farne Islands that lie just offshore midway between the villages of Seahouses and Bamburgh rewards with sightings of England's largest grey seal colonies.   

 

Rooms

Designed with your comfort in mind, Nether Grange has 36 well-appointed guest rooms available in two categories: Classic and Premium. 

Classic Rooms are comfortable en-suite guest rooms, ideal for a peaceful night's sleep. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, and shower gel), and a TV. 

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

We love: The sea-facing rooms are especially lovely. 

The Choose Your Room service is available at our UK country houses, allowing you the option of choosing and confirming a specific room for an extra charge of £30 per room. This is subject to availability. Upgrade supplements apply. 

Check in & check out
You are welcome to check in from 4:00pm at the earliest. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cream tea and get to meet your fellow guests, our HF Holidays Leaders, and the rest of the friendly team.  

On the day of departure, we kindly ask all guests to check out by 10:00am. You’ll be asked to settle your bill prior to leaving. You may, of course, make a charitable donation to our HF Holidays Pathways Fund if you wish. Please note that we only accept card payments.  

Room supplements

Premium single Premium double/twin Choose your room
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About your stay

A warm welcome
We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. You’ll find a welcome pack in your room with guest registration forms, menus, order forms for dinners and picnic lunches, the Wi-Fi password, and the front door code. Our houses are locked at night, so we recommend noting the Duty Manager’s number on arrival in case of an emergency (or getting locked out). 

Evening entertainment
While evening entertainment varies from house to house, the HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz held after dinner on Wednesdays is a weekly staple. Your HF Holidays Leader may be around for tips on guided and self-guided walking routes as well as visit-worthy local attractions. 

Walks talks 
Our HF Holidays Leaders host guided walking information briefings before dinner on arrival days. This is followed by a group Walks Talk for information on the following day’s walking delights (held before dinner every evening). Self-guided walking guests are, of course, welcome.  

The walking day
Prior to setting off on walks, your HF Holidays Leader will run you through a short safety briefing. There’s also an up-to-date weather forecast on display at the house to ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear. If you choose to do your own walks or are on a self-guided walking holiday, we ask that you please complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house. 

Food & drink

Led by experienced chefs, we serve a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. We always aim to source the best produce available and use home-grown herbs and vegetables from our own gardens whenever possible. Additionally, we have a licensed bar with beers, soft drinks, and a superb selection of spirits. Full-board comes as standard and includes a cream tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast on departure day.

HF Holidays understands the importance of managing allergens effectively to ensure food is safe for guests with food allergies. Whilst we are always able to confidently inform guests which allergens are present in our ingredients and dishes, we are unable to guarantee absolute freedom from the 14 main allergens in our kitchens. Vegetarian and vegan menu choices are available. If you have allergies, food intolerances, or any special dietary requirements, please inform our reservation team at the time of booking.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Nether Grange

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Getting to Nether Grange

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

Address 

Nether Grange
Alnmouth
Alnwick
Northumberland NE66 2RZ

Tel: +44 (0)1665 830431

By train

The nearest station is Alnmouth, on the main east coast line between Newcastle and Edinburgh.  

Check National Rail for train times and routes. 

By taxi

The 1.5-mile journey from Alnmouth railway station to Nether Grange is about five minutes by taxi. Taxis are in limited supply in Alnmouth, so we recommend pre-booking as early as possible.

For pricing, please contact the taxi company directly.

Taxi companies in the area include:

Sovereign Taxis*
Tel: +44 (0)7553 360662

Wizard Taxis*
Tel: +44 (0)1665 663709

AA Taxis*
Tel: +44 (0)1665 606060

Some taxi companies have school runs so taxis may be in short supply between 9:00am and 10:00am. It is advisable to book your return taxi when you book your arrival taxi.

*HF Holidays does not own or manage any of the above taxi companies.

By car

Before travelling by car, note that there is no car park at Nether Grange and there’s very limited on-street parking.

Exit the A1 onto the A1068 towards Alnwick. At the roundabout turn right (it’s not well signposted), following the A1068 towards Alnmouth. Go straight ahead at the first roundabout then left at the second roundabout onto the B1338.

As you approach Alnmouth, turn right at the next roundabout, then left into The Wynd. Follow to Marine Road into Northumberland Street. After 100 yards turn right into Pease’s Lane. You’ll find Nether Grange on the left.  

By air

The nearest airport is Newcastle International Airport. Take the metro to Newcastle Central station, then the train to Alnmouth - a straightforward journey taking just over an hour. 

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

Nether Grange Calendar

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  • Special Interests
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Guest reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take an alternative route, or vary the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.


Holiday prices

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2024

19 Jul - 26 Jul 2024

7 nights

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20 Sep - 27 Sep 2024

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04 Oct - 11 Oct 2024

7 nights

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£1,045

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Trip Notes
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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided trails
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £1,045pp

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