St Oswald's Way Complete

Guided Trail

Code: ALLOW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
  • History
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Hard
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Holiday overview

A guided walking holiday which explores some of the finest landscapes and fascinating history of Northumberland. The route links places associated with St Oswald, King of Northumbria, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people. You will find castles, coastline, islands, scenic river valleys, attractive villages, forest and farmland as you follow this long distance walking route.

Holiday Highlights  

  • Celebrate St Oswald, the King of Northumbria, one of the great figures of Northumbrian history in the early 7th century
  • Stunning Northumberland coast from Holy Island south to Warkworth and inland across beautiful countryside to Hadrian’s Wall
  • Comfortable accommodation at our Country House at Alnmouth

What’s included

  • 7 nights’ Full Board en-suite accommodation with all meals
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide
  • All transport to and from the route is provided on walking days
  • Social activities in the evening

Accommodation

4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodation

Nether Grange occupies a wonderful seaside location in the historic village of Alnmouth. With both historic character and modern facilities, it is a wonderful base for a relaxing holiday.

 

Bedrooms

Nether Grange has 35 bedrooms, a number of which enjoy views across the golf links to the sea.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.

Nether Grange makes good use of its excellent seaside location, with a large lounge and attractive dining room with sea views. Free WiFi is available in some public rooms.  There is also a range of board games and books.

Outdoors is an attractive elevated terrace and croquet lawn which enjoys superb views over the golf links to the sea.

The conservatory is adjacent to the bar and houses the Dandelion Café during the day. There is also a ballroom on the lower floor. This flexible space can be used for dancing, evening talks or as a light and airy painting studio. 

The Dandelion Café serves a range of coffee and speciality leaf teas, plus snacks and sandwiches. It is also licensed, serving beer, spirits, and a variety of wines from around the world. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am – 5pm. Everyone welcome.

 

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on Northumberland's rich wildlife from a local speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Accessibility

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.

Arrival & car parking facilities

  • Parking is available in the streets surrounding Nether Grange
  • A paved footpath from the main gate to the front door has 4 steps (3.6ft high in total)
  • Steel handrail to the left
  • Assistance with luggage can be provided 

Main entrance & reception

  • The front door has 2 steps (1ft 4'' high in total) and leads to the entrance hall, which is 2 metres x 6.2m
  • The door is 73cm wide 

Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc

  • The main building has 4 floors
  • On the lower ground floor, there is a conservatory (laminated floor), a bar (carpet), a ballroom (laminated floor), a library (carpet) and public toilets (safety flooring)
  • On the ground floor, there is another lounge, an internet room, an entrance hall, a dining room and a lobby, all carpeted
  • 20 steps from the lower ground floor to ground floor, with further 24 steps to the first floor
  • The width of the main staircase is 4ft 6”, the step height is 6” and depth 12”
  • Wooden stair rail on both sides of the staircase
  • An alternative staircase from ground to first floor has 22 steps in total, with 3 rest landings (3 flights of stairs)
  • From first to the second floor, there are 2 flights of stairs, 7 and 11 steps with one rest landing. The width of the staircase is 3ft 7”, the step height is 6 inches and the depth 11”
  • Short pile carpet throughout the stairs, landings and corridors 

Public areas – lounges, bar and ballroom

  • The lounge is 6.6m x 10.6m. Level access. Furniture consists of coffee tables, sofas, chairs (both with or without arms)
  • The door width is 93cm.
  • The bar is 3.30m x 8.55m sofas, coffee tables, stools and chairs with arms.
  • Conservatory is 5.1m x 13.6m with, movable wicker furniture. A small water feature
  • The ballroom is 5.1m x 13.6m. Accessed from the bar via 4 steps (60cm high in total)
  • Movable chairs along the walls
  • The library and games room is 4.7m x 6.8m 

Public WCs

  • The toilets are available on the lower ground floor
  • Toilet height 40cm, door width 75cm
  • The flooring is non-slip and there is good colour contrast 

Dining room & bar

  • The dining room is on the ground floor and has level access.
  • Table height is 72cm, underspace of 65cm high x 150cm wide
  • Tables have legs in each corner. Furniture is easily movable
  • Breakfast service is self service cold buffet with assistance available, if required. Table service for hot meals & drinks
  • Dinner service is waitress service 

Bedrooms

Room 4

  • This is the room best suited for anyone requiring wheelchair access. The en-suite room is located on the ground floor of The Towers
  • The room size is 3.4m x 4.96m. Door width 87cm. Twin beds, 51cm high
  • The en-suite bathroom is 1.3m x 2.4m. Bathroom door is 96cm wide
  • Toilet height is 42cm, the wash basin 79cm high. There is a pullcord light which can be reached from any height. Support rails by the toilet
  • The shower tray is 2.4m long and there is a shower chair attached to the wall. One step of 12cm in height to enter the shower. Safety flooring 

Other Bedrooms

  • There is another twin room (5) on the ground floor of The Towers, but the bathroom is not as suitable for anyone with restricted mobility as in room 4
  • The rest of the bedrooms are on the first and second floor of the main House.
  • All bedrooms are carpeted
  • The rooms are a mixture of single and twin rooms, the majority of the rooms are en-suite, some are with wash basin only with public facilities available nearby
  • Most of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms. These are a mixture of showers and baths
  • Most bathrooms have safety floor, a few have vinyl flooring, carpet or tiled floor 

Additional information

  • 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

Itinerary

Planned Itinerary

Holy Island to Bamburgh

Starting from Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island we head towards the mainland, via the tide-exposed Causeway, passing through the small village of Fenwick and on to Shiellow Woods. Our route then leads to Belford, passing by its Norman church and the 18th century Belford Hall. Belford was a coaching stop on the Great North Road and has an old coaching inn, now the Blue Bell Hotel. We head back towards the coast, pass Spindlestone Heughs, cross the golf course and enter the charming village of Bamburgh. Bamburgh Castle, once the seat of the Kings of Northumbria, and the Grace Darling museum, are symbols of Bamburgh’s connection to the past. 19 miles (30km) with 925 feet (277m) of ascent

Bamburgh to Craster

Walking south on golden sands, with views of the Farne Islands, we head towards Seahouses, a popular tourist centre and centre 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 are near the harbour. We cross the sandy expanse of Beadnell Bay where Little and Arctic terns breed in season. The Way crosses Newton Links and arrives at the tiny settlement of Low Newton. The spectacular ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle now draw us towards it around Embleton Bay, and on to the grassy path leading to the village of Craster. 14 miles (22.5km) with 150 feet (45m) of ascent

Craster to Warkworth

Today we leave Craster passing the harbour and the herring smokehouses (kippers), and take the coastal path. This leads to the volcanic Cullernose Point and around Howick Bay, well known for its geological interest. We reach Boulmer, historically a notorious centre for smuggling activities. Just to the south of Boulmer is Alnmouth, the location of our HF Holidays’ Country House, Nether Grange, and after a brief stop set off in the direction of Amble and Warkworth to end the day at Warkworth Castle, situated above the River Coquet. 13½ miles (22km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent

Warkworth to Rothbury

Turning our backs on the sea and the imposing Warkworth Castle the route now goes inland to follow the valley of the River Coquet. The Way passes through the villages of Fenton and Weldon Bridge, and close to Brinkburn Priory, before joining a disused railway line. From here we get views across to the Cragside Country Park, and as we take a high-level route into Rothbury good views of Cragside House appear. A steady road descent brings us to the market town of Rothbury. 18 miles (29km) with 875 feet (262m) of ascent

Rothbury to Kirkwhelpington

Leaving Rothbury, the Way turns south and visits Lordenshaws, an Iron Age hill fort and settlement, with its cup-and-ring marked rocks. After a short ascent, heather-clad open moorland is crossed, leading into the extensive Harwood Forest. We should have glimpses of Fontburn Reservoir. We exit the forest near the hamlet of Harwood and follow paths over attractive farmland, offering magnificent far-reaching views, towards Knowesgate then onto the scenic small village of Kirkwhelpington, our destination. 15 miles (24km) with 1,075 feet (322m) of ascent

Kirkwhelpington to Heavenfield

Kirkwhelpington is left behind as the route heads through remote but picturesque rolling farmland. The settlements of Great Bavington and Hallington are passed on the way to the village of Great Whittington. A short stretch south brings us to the course of Hadrian’s Wall Path and the Military Road. Here we head west, following the path until we reach our final destination of Heavenfield where a wooden cross marks the site of the historic battle. 17½ miles (28km) with 1,025 feet (307m) of ascent

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 

Local area

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

Farne Islands
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

Bamburgh Castle
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

Warkworth Castle
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

Lindisfarne
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

Cragside House
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

Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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.

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

Hadrian’s Wall
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

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.

Travel

Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RZ

By train: The nearest railway station is Alnmouth. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

By taxi: The 1 mile journey from Alnmouth railway station takes approximately 5 minutes. Taxis cost approx £4 per 4 seat taxi. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Nether Grange Manager.

By car: 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. As you approach Alnmouth cross the bridge, then turn right at the roundabout into the centre of the village. Turn left into Pease’s Lane. Nether Grange is on the left, look out for our sign.  Please note that Nether Grange does not have a car park. There is free parking available on the streets around Nether Grange.

To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info

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Another excellent holiday.
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Another first class HF holiday. HF is not cheap but always offers good value for the money.

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A tough week walking the St. Oswald's Way. A quite excellent leader and a compatible group of fellow walkers, made all the difference. Certainly there was little time just to "sit and stare" but a sense of achievement at the end of the almost 100 mile walk.
28 Jun 2016, 3:05 p.m.

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All information and staff were brilliant.

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All that was in the control of Nether Grange and the walk leader was excellent. I did, however, think the walk covered too many miles a day and did not allow time to enjoy views, places of interest or adequate rest periods. It seemed like a route march. Eight days would have been my ideal for this walk.
29 Sep 2015, 12:37 p.m.

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23 Sep 2015, 8:28 p.m.

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Excellent company and range of holidays available

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Well organised, excellent centre, wonderful staff. Great leader and good walking
21 Sep 2015, 6:38 p.m.

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A very go-ahead company which is customer-responsive and trying hard to adapt to attract a younger customer base.

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Leader was superb. Very nice group of walkers, evenly matched for pace and sociability.
21 Sep 2015, 10:04 a.m.

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Manager and staff were efficient and polite

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Accommodation v. good. Walking
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Manager and staff - polite and efficient

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Accommodation - very good
21 Sep 2015, 8:21 a.m.

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Among the market leaders for this type of holiday

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Not the best weather, but a cracking holiday with a nice group of like minded people.
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Excellent leadership,food and accommodation

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Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person