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.
- Stunning Northumberland coast from Holy Island to Warkworth
- Celebrate St Oswald, the King of Northumbria
- Stay at Nether Grange, Alnmouth
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.
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.
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.
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
What to Bring
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)
- Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
- Insect repellent
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.
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