Northumberland's Coastal Wildlife

Nether Grange

Code: ALWWS

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Outdoors
  • Wildlife

Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

Combine beachcombing with birdwatching. Identify the plants of the Northumberland coast, the seaweeds and the marine life swept ashore during winter storms. We'll walk up to 6 miles (9.5km) each day. Suitable for any level of experience, with no prior knowledge required. 

Holiday highlights:

  • Leisurely walks with regular stops to watch wildlife
  • Our expert leader will guide you around the best sites
  • Share enthusiasm and improve your wildlife ID skills
  • Flexible itineraries will take into account prevailing weather conditions and any reported sightings

Great reasons to join us:

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, guidance from our expert leader, transport and any entrance fees 
  • Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at Nether Grange
  • Expert leaders: all our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
  • Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment

In pictures...

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.

 

Choose your room

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

Monday: Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.

Tuesday: Alnmouth to Howick

Starting from the house we shall follow the coast path north towards Howick. This is a largely rocky shore with small sandy bays and should provide a fascinating introduction to the wildlife of this very beautiful coastline. We will keep our eyes peeled for brown hare, seals, and outgoing winter waders such as sanderling, dunlin, turnstone and bar-tailed godwit, seaducks like eider and merganser, and offshore seabirds like gannets. Storms bring kelp ashore from forests which occur offshore bringing vital food for migrant birds.

Wednesday: The Holy Isle (Lindisfarne)

With wide sand- and mud-flats, a sheltered harbour, rocky shores and extensive dunes the Holy Isle has all the habitats of this coast in a small area. Birds (perhaps including fulmars, peregrines and merlins) and plants will likely feature strongly in our walk, as will the common and grey seals, and if we strike a warm day the early butterflies may be out.

Thursday: Embleton to Newton-by-the-Sea

From the gaunt skeleton of Dunstanburgh Castle northwards to Newton there is a succession of sandy bays and rocky shores backed by dunes, with a noted birdwatching pool along the way. In the dunes we will hope to spot stonechats, short-eared owls and the first of the summer arrivals in the form of wheatears. This will be a day for beachcombing and birds, with some interesting geological sites too.

Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

 

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way. 

What to Bring

  • Outdoor clothing appropriate to the season, including waterproofs
  • Strong, comfortable footwear with a good tread is essential
  • A telescope (if you have one) and binoculars
  • Thermos flask (optional)
  • Bird and seashore guides (optional)
  • Recommended field guide - RSPB Handbook of British Birds or the Mitchell Beazley Birdwatcher’s Pocket Guide. For seashore, Collins Pocket Guide or The Essential Guide to Beachcombing

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.

 Quantas Boeing 747

Leaders

Mike Phillips

Mike Phillips is a countryman born and bred. After a rural upbringing, his adult life has (apart from a few years in commerce) been devoted to enthusing and informing people about the fascinating wildlife of the British countryside, both as a tour guide and an adult education tutor. Mike’s expertise extends to most branches of natural history and he is a passionate believer in an holistic approach to the interdependency of the natural world, from the underlying geology through the vegetation to the creatures which depend on it. He now brings his long experience to leading for HF Holidays.

 

 

Dates & Prices

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Prices are per person

Information

  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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