Northumberland Spring & Winter Walking Holiday
Great guided walks - specially adjusted for the season
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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.
Guided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days in Northumberland - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.
Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.
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
Discover Northumberland on Foot
Get away from it all to explore peaceful Northumberland on our guided walks. Enjoy stunning walks along the coast in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, taking in the iconic castles at Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Lindisfarne, and looking out for dolphins and seals. Heading inland the Cheviot and Simonside Hills in the Northumberland National Park each offer rare tranquility; two of England's undiscovered gems. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this beautiful landscape to life.
- Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day
- We'll often end the day at a cosy pub or tearoom
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Nether Grange
The Northumberland Coast North of Alnmouth
Available on: 2 Nov 2019, 9 Nov 2019
Option 1: Craster
Distance: 4½ miles (7½km)
Total ascent: 350 feet (100m)
The walk in a nutshell: We walk north from Howick Hall Bathing House, along this fantastic stretch of Northumbrian coastline to the quaint fishing village of Craster.
Don’t miss: Explore the atmospheric harbour at Craster, and let your nose lead you to famous kipper smokehouse.
Option 2: Along the coast from Boulmer
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting at Boulmer we walk north along the Northumberland Coast Path, to the village of Craster. We'll finish the day here, after a loop north of the village with views towards the impressive headland ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.
Don’t miss: The imposing ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle visible from the high ground north of Craster.
Option 3: Alnmouth to Craster
Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)
Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)
The walk in a nutshell: From the house we head north on today's walk across the beach to Boulmer. We continue on to Craster to join the other two groups for a well earned pint!
Don’t miss: An opportunity to see some of the best of the Northumberland Coast's fauna. With luck you may see grey seals, gannets, and possibly even fulmar and kittiwakes gliding across the top of the surf.
The Northumberland Coast between Craster and Embleton
Available on: 3 Nov 2019, 10 Nov 2019
Option 1: Craster to Embleton
Distance: 5 miles (7½km)
Total ascent: 300 feet (80m)
The walk in a nutshell: We head north today from Craster walking along coastal paths and finishing in Embleton.
Don’t miss: On today's walk we will pass Dunstanburgh Castle, a prominent feature perched on the headland, aptly named Castle Point.
Option 2: Low Newton and Embleton
Distance: 6 miles (9½km)
Total ascent: 350 feet (100m)
The walk in a nutshell: As the other walks in today's schedule, we first pass Dunstanburgh Castle and head for Embleton via the coastal village of Low Newton.
Don’t miss: The freshwater pools at Newton Pool Nature Reserve serve as a great pit-stop for migrating birds. Keep your eyes peeled for rare birds dropping in on the breeze.
Option 3: Embleton Bay
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 520 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting at Craster, this fine coastal walk arcs around the beautiful Embleton Bay. We then make a loop around High Newton before returning to Embleton.
Don’t miss: The expansive skies and sandscapes of Embleton Bay. The views on this stretch of coastline are huge!
The Northumberland Coast to Bamburgh
Available on: 12 Nov 2019
Option 1: Budle Bay
Distance: 4½ miles (7km)
Total ascent: 180 feet (60m)
The walk in a nutshell: We stride out from Seahouses to Bamburgh and then extend our loop around the corner of Budle Bay.
Don’t miss: Wonderful walking along impressive dunescapes.
Option 2: High Newton to Bamburgh
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)
The walk in a nutshell: Taking in Beadnell Bay, Seahouses and Bamburgh, this walk covers a stunning section of the Northumbrian Coast.
Don’t miss: The final few miles of walking along vast sandy beaches towards the impressive ramparts of Bamburgh Castle.
Option 3: Low Newton to Bamburgh
Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)
Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting out with a loop of Low Newton, we get views south to Embleton Bay, as well as Beadnell Bay, Seahouses and the stunning fortifications of Bamburgh Castle.
Don’t miss: The castle at Bamburgh is still inhabited, and is perfectly placed on the headland on the edge of the village.
Ford and Etal
Available on: 13 Nov 2019
Option 1: Duddo Stone Circle to Etal
Distance: 4½ miles (7½ km)
Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)
The walk in a nutshell: Discover a prehistoric stone circle and follow a riverside walk beside the River Till to reach the pretty village of Etal with its medieval castle. On reaching Etal, The Black Bull pub or a tearoom awaits you.
Don’t miss: Duddo Stone Circle, ancient standing monoliths and the Battle of Flodden display in Etal Castle.
Option 2: Ford Moss to Etal
Distance: 7½ miles (11½km)
Total ascent: 550 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: Wildlife, industrial archaeology and some tremendous views all combine on Ford Moss Nature Reserve, deep in rural Northumberland. A medieval castle, a pub and a delightful tearoom await you in Etal at the end of your walk.
Don’t miss: The views of the Cheviot Hills, the Northumberland Coast and the Eildon Hills across the Border in Scotland.
Option 3: Across Two Moors to Etal
Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)
Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)
The walk in a nutshell: This is a prehistoric landscape, known to ancient people. The Devil's Causeway, a Roman road is nearby and there are views to the Cheviot Hills, the Northumberland Coast and well into the Scottish Borders. In Etal, our destination, a pub and a tearoom await you.
Don’t miss: A Northumberland speciality, prehistoric rock art, the cup and ring marked rocks, believed to be Bronze Age or older carved into the rocks high on a sandstone ridge.
Rothbury and the Simonside Hills
Available on: 14 Nov 2019
Option 1: Riverside to Rothbury
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 480 feet (140m)
The walk in a nutshell: We head out today from Paperhaugh Bridge along footpaths near the pretty River Coquet to Rothbury. After Rothbury we continue along the river to finish in Thropton.
Don’t miss: Those visiting in the autumn may be able to spot Salmon leaping onto the stone apron under the bridge at Paperhaugh, and coursing upstream to their breeding pools.
Option 2: Cragside and Rothbury
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)
The walk in a nutshell: The walk starts at Debden heading up into the woods before a descent along the carriage drives of the Cragside Estate, into Rothbury. We then finish our walk in much the same way as option one, with a walk along the river paths to Thropton.
Don’t miss: Cragside's imposing tudor revival fascade looms over the onlooker through the trees, a perfectly enchanting property now owned by the National Trust, and visible on today's walk.
Option 3: Simonside Ridge
Distance: 7½ miles (11½km)
Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
The walk in a nutshell: The walk will head up to Lordenshaw from Rothbury and onto Simonside for an 'al fresco' lunch either on or below the Simonside Ridge. We will then descend to Thropton for a pint and a warm through with the other groups in the local pub.
Don’t miss: Standing on the exposed sandstone formations that define the Simonside Ridge it's easy to see why the bronze age people revered them as spiritually significant features, the view up there really is vast.
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.
Dates & Prices
|Date||Description||Nights||Brochure price||Buy today for||Book|
|1 Nov 2019||ALSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Alnmouth||3||£339.00||£309.00||Book Now|
|8 Nov 2019||ALSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Alnmouth||3||£339.00||£309.00||Book Now|
|8 Nov 2019||ALSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Alnmouth||7||£725.00||£625.00||Book Now|
|11 Nov 2019||ALSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Alnmouth||4||£435.00||£400.00||Book Now|
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