Northumberland Outdoor Escapes Holiday
Exhilarating weekends - as adventurous or relaxing as you choose
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Hills & moorland
Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Get away from work for a long weekend’s walking and be surprised!
- By the range of guided walks, from serene riverside strolls with the best view of Alnwick Castle to ridge walks with hidden rock art and harder ascents of Muckle Cheviot, Northumberland’s highest hill, which you’ll celebrate summiting with a pint in the pub at the end of the day.
- By how much you can do in a weekend when your guides know their stuff, from following a pilgrim’s ancient path to an isolated island, to enjoying one of the UK’s most impressive wildlife encounters in the Farne Islands.
- By the camaraderie and craic that comes from making discoveries and having adventures in a small group of like-minded people.
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.
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
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.
Due to the age and the layout of the house, Nether Grange is not recommended for wheelchair users or guests with restricted mobility.
Although one bedroom has wheelchair access, the access to the main house has some steps and the public rooms in the main building are over 2 floors with no lift available.
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
- Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff have received disability awareness training
- Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
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.
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
Outdoor Escapes at Alnmouth - 3 night breaks
Available on: 3 May 2019
Day 1: Arrival Day
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.
Day 2: Alnwick, Simonside or the mighty Cheviot
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 (6½km)
Total ascent: 250 feet (80m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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!
Don’t miss: time to stroll around Alnwick this afternoon. Sample some of the many tea shops & pubs, visit Alnwick Castle & 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: check out some ancient rock art – look out for prehistoric cup & ring marks etched in the rocks.
Option 3: Muckle Cheviot
Distance: 11 miles (17½km)
Total ascent: 2,400 feet (740m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.Don’t miss: 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.
Day 3: The Farne Islands & Lindisfarne
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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.Don’t miss: 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 (8½km) with option of additional 2½ miles (4km)
Total ascent: negligible ascent
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: the chance to sample some of Lindisfarne’s famous mead - supposedly an aphrodisiac!
Option 3: to Scotland (almost!)
Distance: 12½ miles (20½km)
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.
Day 4: Departure Day & Coastal Walk
Make the most of your final morning with the opportunity to join a guided walk along the coast.
Option 1: 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 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 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
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
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
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, 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
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
Seaton 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
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.
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
Edinburgh is very accessible for a day trip. Catch the train from nearby Alnmouth station for the scenic 1 hour journey to the Scottish capital. You'll arrive in the heart of the city centre with numerous museums, shops and galleries, plus the famous castle all within easy walking distance.
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 to Alnmouth
Our address is: Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RZ
Nether Grange sits on a headland and only has access to limited roadside parking. We advise our guests to use rail travel where possible. Nether Grange is a 5 minute taxi ride from Alnmouth train station
The nearest railway station is Alnmouth, on the main line between Newcastle and Edinburgh. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50
The 1 1/2 mile journey from Alnmouth railway station takes approximately 5 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £6 per 4 seat taxi. 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.
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. Cross a bridge as you approach Alnmouth, turning right at the next roundabout, then almost immediatley left into The Wynd. Follow the one way system into Marine Road, passing the golf clubhouse on the left, and round into Northumberland Street. After 100yds turn right into the narrow Pease’s Lane. Nether Grange is on the left. Please note that Nether Grange does not have a car park, there is very limited on-street parking available on a first come basis. You can park in available slots on Marine Road, Pease's Lane and elsewhere in town. There is a pay and display car park at the end of Marine Road.
Travelling from overseas
The nearest airport is 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.
Edinburgh Airport is also a possibility.
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