St Oswald's Way Coastal Section Guided Trail Holiday

Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided trails
Walking Grade: 2
from £1,045pp

St Oswalds Way explores some of the finest landscapes and fascinating history Northumberland has to offer. Follow in the footsteps of the early 7th century King of Northumbria – later venerated as a saint – who made it his mission to bring Christianity to the kingdom. Highlights include the gorgeous fishing village of Craster famous for its kippers, the impressive sea-facing remains of Bamburgh Castle, and the chance to walk across the narrow isthmus of sand that links the tidal island of Lindisfarne (also known as Holy Island) to the mainland.

What you’ll love

  • Walking Northumberland’s coastline from Holy Island to Warkworth
  • Discovering the story of St Oswald
  • Soaking up views of the mighty coastal castle at Bamburgh
  • Crossing the causeway from Holy Island to the mainland
  • Spending time in fishing villages including Craster and Seahouses
  • Staying at a former 18th century granary in Alnmouth

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite rooms in our partner accommodation(s)
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning
  • Daily packed lunches
  • 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: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 490 ft (150m) 

Our first day of walking boasts an impressive start. With ancient Warkworth Castle towering above us, the beginning of our St Oswald’s Way trail follows the spectacular Northumberland coast through to our base at Alnmouth. We’ll continue to the former smugglers haunt at Boulmer (locally known as “Boomer”) where there’s a chance to sample some local beer with a stop at the FBI (Fishing Boat Inn).

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 460 ft (140m)

The coastline continues to impress today as we head north from Boulmer, passing through the pretty fishing village of Craster (home to the famous Craster smoked kippers), and by the romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle – the ruined fortress set in a superb clifftop position overlooking beautiful Embleton Bay.

Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around our country house, walk independently, or visit local places of interest. Options include:

Alnmouth: This pretty coastal village is adored for its colourful cottages, superb walking routes, peaceful bays, and deserted sandy beaches where the River Aln meets the North Sea. There’s a small tidal harbour, a handful of small shops, and several pubs and cafés.

Alnwick Castle: A 15-minute drive away, the market town of Alnwick is dominated by the second-largest inhabited castle in the country. Home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family for over 700 years, it has featured in Harry Potter films and Downton Abbey specials.

Alnwick Gardens: The castle’s 12-acre garden is home to a collection of over 4,000 plant varieties. Highlights include the world’s largest Tai Haku Cherry Orchard, a cascade comprising of 120 water jets, and the world’s largest treehouse restaurant set 18 metres above ground level

Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 330 ft (100m)

Our coastal walk today rewards with outstanding scenery over Dunstanburgh and out to the Farne Islands Nature Reserve. From Embleton Bay we’ll make our way through Beadnell’s old harbour and the busy port of Seahouses to Bamburgh – the beautiful village cherished for its historic castle. We’ll continue through the busy port of Seahouses before reaching a grand finale at Bamburgh – the charming coastal village famed for its perfectly positioned castle looking down onto golden sands.

Distance: 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Ascent: 1,180 ft (360m)

Leaving the bustle of Bamburgh we’re greeted by the much quieter beauty of Budle Bay and its wealth of wildlife. Budle Bay is an internationally important bird sanctuary, so keep your binoculars at the ready. From here we make our way to Fenwick.

Distance: 5.5 miles (9km) 

Ascent: 130 ft (40m)

Our final day of walking offers plenty of farmland and fine views before we reach the jewel in Northumberland’s crown – the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Linked to the mainland by a tidal causeway, we’ll cross the narrow isthmus of sand on foot and explore this sacred place of pilgrimage. Learn about the ancient order of monks who built their priory here nearly 1,400 years ago, visit the museum to discover the 8th century manuscript known as the Lindisfarne Gospels, and celebrate finishing the final leg of the journey by trying the island’s famous mead.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.

Itinerary map for St Oswalds Way Coastal

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.   



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
£20 pppn £20 pppn £30 per room

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.


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

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Nether Grange
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.   


  • 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  


  • 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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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.

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