Northumberland Outdoor Escapes Holiday

Dunstanburgh Castle Panorama at Sunset
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Outdoor Escapes
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £405pp £380pp

Explore beautiful Northumberland on our guided walks. We offer a great range of walks to suit everyone - including gentle walks along the stunning coastal path, and longer routes for those who want to stride out. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this charming coastline to life.

Holiday Highlights

Moment of the weekend

When you surrender to the sensory overload that is a trip to the ancient Farne Islands. Embrace the elemental swell of the sea, the spray on your face and the smell of the guano before the chance to land on the islands and get close to the puffins that have come on land to burrow nest and raise their pufflings, flying awkwardly to outwit flocks of Guillemots that dive and harry, their calls mingling with those of Fulmars, Arctic Terns, Razorbills, Eiders and Shags to create a cacophony of noise that provides you with an intense wildlife close encounter.

In the course of the same day, you’ll also walk over the causeway to the tiny, other-worldly island of Lindisfarne. Be prepared to get your feet a bit wet – twice a day the island is completely cut off by the tide – but know that you won’t need the refuge hut that provides a hideout for people who get the timings wrong as our guide expertly navigates the tides that can sweep in at speed. As you cross the empty flats, imagine the marauding Vikings that repeatedly sacked the settlement and explore the fiercely desolate and isolated retreat, scarcely different from when it was inhabited.

Trip Notes

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Join us at our Nether Grange Country House for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short pre-dinner stroll down to the beach and around village to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures to come.


Enjoy a choice of 3 guided walks that explore inland Northumberland. Take it easy on a stroll to historic Alnwick, or discover the wilds of the Simonside and Cheviot Hills.

Option 1 - Explore Alnwick

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Total ascent: 250 feet (80m)

In Summary: A serene riverside stroll with the best view of “Harry Potter’s” historic Alnwick Castle as we approach Alnwick. The afternoon is free to discover the charms of this market town. Maybe try some of the town's famous rum!

Highlight: Time to stroll around Alnwick this afternoon. Sample some of the many tea shops and pubs, visit Alnwick Castle and its stunning gardens, or break the bank balance and hit the shops.

Option 2 - Rock art & Rothbury

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In Summary: A fantastic ridge walk in the Simonside hills with stunning views. See if you can spot the Northumberland Coast, Cheviot Hills & the North Pennines, before we head down to the pretty market town of Rothbury.

Highlight: Check out some ancient rock art – look out for prehistoric cup & ring marks etched in the rocks.

Option 3 - Muckle Cheviot

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)

Total ascent: 2,400 feet (740m)

In Summary: Heading into the isolated College valley, our goal today is the Muckle Cheviot – Northumberland’s highest hill. At 815m it packs a punch and has plenty of interest en route.

Highlight: Watch out for wild Cheviot goats, and WW2 aeroplane wreckage. Celebrate it all with a pint in the pub at the end of the day.


Discover the beautiful Northumberland coast, with an opportunity to take a boat trip to the Farne Islands.

Option 1 - Dunstanburgh & the Farnes

Distance: 4 miles (6km) 

Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)

In Summary: Today takes in two of Northumberland’s best – a boat trip over to the wildlife haven of the Farne Islands, and the classic coastal walk from Low Newton to Dunstanburgh Castle and Craster.

Highlight: The chance to snap shots of Puffins, Eider Ducks, Grey Seals and more, as we head for the Farne Islands.

Option 2 - Lindisfarne & Bamburgh

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km) with the option of an additional 2½ miles (4km)

Total ascent: Minimal

In Summary: Get your feet wet as we cross to Lindisfarne using the Pilgrims Way, before exploring the island. Our second walk of the day discovers Budle Bay and the pretty village of Bamburgh.

Highlight: The chance to sample some of Lindisfarne’s famous mead - supposedly an aphrodisiac!

Option 3 - To Scotland (almost!)

Distance: 12½ miles (20.5km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

The walk in a nutshell: Cross Holy Island Sands on the Pilgrims Way from Lindisfarne, to join the Northumberland Coast Path all the way north to the walled border town of Berwick, only 2½ miles from the Scottish border.

Don’t miss: The chance to explore the enigmatic island of Lindisfarne before we set off on our leg-stretcher.


Make the most of your final morning with the opportunity to join a guided walk along the coast.

Around Alnmouth

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)

The walk in a nutshell: Take a stroll around Alnmouth, initially heading inland along the river Aln to Lesbury. We then head to the coast for a glorious final stretch back along Alnmouth beach.

Don’t miss: If you're lucky you may spot seals basking on the rocks.


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

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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

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Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
08 May - 11 May 2019 Itinerary £405 £380 Save £25 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Outdoor Escapes
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

3 nights from £405pp £380pp

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