St Oswald's Way Coastal Section Guided Trail Holiday

Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 2
from £1,029pp £979pp

The St Oswald’s Way explores some of the finest landscapes and fascinating history of Northumberland. You will find castles, coastline, islands, scenic river valleys, hills, attractive villages, forest and farmland on your walk. The Way links some of the places associated with St Oswald, the 7th century King of Northumbria, on his march south to face and defeat King Cadwallon of Gwynedd at Heavenfield in the name of Christianity. From Holy Island (Lindisfarne ) in the north, our Coastal Section of the St Oswald's Way follows the stunning Northumberland coast with its abundant wildlife, as far south as Warkworth. We explore some of the finest landscapes and fascinating history. The route links places associated with St Oswald, the 7th century King of Northumbria, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

Holiday Highlights

  • Stunning Northumberland coast from Holy Island to Warkworth
  • Celebrate St Oswald, the King of Northumbria
  • View splendid castles and coastal vistas
  • Walk across the causeway from Holy Island

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The services of an HF Holidays' walks leader
  • All transport on walking days

Trip Notes

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46½ miles with 6-11½ miles and up to 575 feet of ascent in a day.

Your leader will give an introductory talk about the holiday

Commencing at Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island, we cross the tide-exposed Causeway. Continuing over farmland with fine views, the Way heads to Fenwick Granary and the small village of Fenwick, then into Shiellow Woods. Our route leads by Dow Crag and Fawcet Hill before entering Virgin Hill Wood. Passing Swinhoe Lake we reach our destination of Swinhoe Farm.


10½ miles (17km) with 575 feet (172m) of ascent.

From Swinhoe Farm we ascend to Weetside Crag and into Belford, passing Westhall, the Norman church and 18th century Belford Hall. We head back towards the coast, pass Spindlestone Heughs, cross the golf course overlooking Budle Bay, and enter the charming village of Bamburgh.


8½ miles (14km) with 350 feet (105m) of ascent.

A day without any walks programmed, giving you the opportunity to explore the local area independently.

Today we take the beach option, heading south on award-winning golden sands with good views of the Farne Islands. The Way leads to Seahouses, a popular tourist centre and point for visits to the Farne Islands. We leave Seahouses at the harbour and head for the small fishing village of Beadnell which has the only west-facing port on the east coast of England. The historic limekilns, now owned by the National Trust, can be found near the harbour. We cross the sandy expanse of Beadnell Bay to reach Newton Links, then on to the village of Newton by the Sea.


10 miles (16km) with 125 feet (38m) of ascent.

Leaving Newton by the Sea, St Oswald’s Way continues south, drawn by the spectacular ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle around Embleton Bay. A visit to the castle may be possible on our way to the fishing village of Craster and its harbour. The volcanic Cullernose Point is reached, followed by the geologist’s delight that is Howick Bay. Boulmer is the next village; a notorious centre for smuggling activities before we head to Alnmouth.

11½ miles (18.5km) with 300 feet (90m) of ascent.

The final stage is a fitting climax to the walk and the least taxing. From Alnmouth we join the cycle track leading all the way to Warkworth. The Way leaves the cycle track to head for Buston Links and the beach. A visit to Church Hill may be possible. The beach or a dune footpath is followed towards Warkworth, with good views of Coquet Island and Amble. We join the River Coquet until we ascend the path leading to Warkworth Castle, former residence of the Percy family, and the end of our week’s trail.


6 miles (10km) with 100 feet (30m) of ascent.

St Oslwalds Way Coastal Map

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.


Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas. You must wear a face covering by law in public areas in hotels in Scotland. This is mandatory in public spaces; however, face coverings will not be required whilst eating and drinking in the restaurant and bar areas or whilst you are outside our houses. In Wales face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings for the HF Big Pub Quiz. There will be one other evening of entertainment at the start of the week, which will vary depending on the country house that you are staying at. Our Walk Leaders will also be on hand in the bar or lounge for individual or small group walks talks briefings, which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options and ask any questions. All of our swimming pools are open, except for Glen Coe, which will not re-open this year. Swimming Pools will be operated in line with maximum capacities.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.


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 Classic and Premium Rooms to choose from.

All ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.


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.


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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Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.


  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.


  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
22 Oct - 29 Oct 2021
7 Guided Trail £865 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
20 May - 27 May 2022
7 Guided Trail £1,029 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
01 Jul - 08 Jul 2022
7 Guided Trail £1,029 £979 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
09 Sep - 16 Sep 2022
7 Guided Trail £1,029 Available Trip Notes Book Now
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