The Complete St Oswald's Way Guided Trail Holiday
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Choosing the level of your walks
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St Oswald's Way explores some of the finest landscapes and fascinating history of Northumberland. From Holy Island to Warkworth alongside stunning coastline, and then inland towards Hadrian's Wall. The trail links places associated with St Oswald, 7th century 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 on this complete trail.
- Complete trail - both coastal and inland sections
- Stunning Northumberland scenery
- Stay at Nether Grange, Alnmouth
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
Day 1: Arrival Day
Arrive at Nether Grange and get ready to meet your fellow trail blazers and leaders as you prepare to walk the complete St Oswald's Way trail.
Day 2: 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
Day 3: 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
Day 4: 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
Day 5: Warkworth to Rothbury
We continue inland past the imposing Warkworth Castle 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 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
Day 6: 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 further short ascent, heather-clad open moorland is crossed, leading to Coquet Cairn, the highest point of the walk. We continue through the extensive Harwood Forest, The trail leaves the forest near the hamlet of Harwood and follows 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
Day 7: 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, tides and other external factors.
Craster image credt VisitEngland/VisitNorthumberland
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.
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