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Northumberland Coastal Path - 7 Days & 6 Nights

7 Days & 6 Nights 4.5 Read 41 reviews
  • Walk along sweeping sands and breathe in fresh sea air
  • Discover ancient castles and ruins including Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh
  • Enjoy the local seafood speciality Craster kippers
  • Overnight stays in bustling fishing villages and towns
Start your walking holiday in the fishing village of Cresswell, and follow the sweeping sands of Druridge, to the historic village of Warkworth where you can see Warkworth Castle - the first of many on the walk. Pass through pretty fishing villages Alnmouth, Boulmer and Craster, perhaps taking time to stop and sample some of the famous Craster kippers. Breathe in the fresh sea air as you head to the fascinating ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle before crossing inland to the historic villages of Bamford and Belford. Finish your walk by passing the causeway to the Holy Island, and if tidal times allow, cross over to visit the historic Lindisfarne Priory.

What To Expect

The Northumberland Coastal Path is an energising and fascinating walk along the Northumberland Coast. If you are looking for a walk which has a combination of stunning landscapes and interesting history, this is the walk for you.

Trip Type:

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Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Long-Distance Trails
  • Coastal Walking

Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded overall as moderate and is suitable for most regular walkers. The exact grade does depend on the itinerary you choose. Most of the time you will be walking on footpaths and bridleways but there are some sections where beaches and minor roads are used, with quite a lot of beach walking alternatives also available. It is generally low-level and does not involve too much ascent and descent.


The Northumberland Coastal Path is well waymarked throughout, maintained and easy to follow. You should have no problems following the route by following the instructions in your guidebook carefully. There are some opportunities for walking on the beach rather than on the way-marked path and these are noted clearly in your guidebook.

Accommodation Information

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of accommodation that we book in the seaside villages along the coast. We have been offering the Northumberland Coastal Path since 2011 and have since developed strong relationships with the local suppliers. You will stay in carefully selected 3 or 4-star B&B’s, guesthouses, country pubs and small hotels where a warm Northumbrian welcome always awaits. We secure en-suite rooms or rooms with private facilities, and a delicious breakfast is guaranteed to set you up for the day ahead.

Single Rooms 

If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability.

  • Hand picked bed and breakfast accommodation in en-suite rooms wherever possible.
  • Door to door baggage transfer.
  • A detailed info pack and guide book for the group leader.
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.
  • Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk.
  • Transfer from Ellington to Cresswell
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
  • Additional nights before, during or after your walk.

When To Go

The Northumberland Coastal Path is available from April to September. Traditionally, April and May have been the most popular time of the year to walk the route, as the theory goes that the weather is better. However, in our opinion, anywhere between April and September should offer a wonderful experience. Please try to avoid staying in Warkworth over the weekend as some accommodations will not take a one night stay.

In 2021 an extended season into October is on offer. However due to luggage transfer restrictions solo walkers cannot travel on these tours at this time. 

Getting to the Start

Newcastle Airport is the closest airport to Ellington. From Newcastle you can catch a train to Widdrington (approx. 30mins) See: www.nationalrail.co.uk  for details. Then from Widdrington you can catch a bus directly to Ellington which takes Approx. 5 mins.

Getting from the End

Your trip along the Northumberland Coast ends in Berwick-upon-Tweed. This seaside town is connected to the East Coast mainline and regular trains whisk you back to London (4h), Newcastle (45m), Manchester (3h30m) or Edinburgh (45m). For more information, tickets and timetables please visit National Rail UK

Baggage Transfer

Enjoy the ease of having your luggage transferred each day allowing you to walk with just a light backpack. This is included in the standard cost of this trip. We ask you to limit your luggage to one piece of luggage of up to 20kg per person.


You will need good walking shoes (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack as well as sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. This route involves a few climbs where you may find it useful to have your walking poles. As this route primarily follows the coast, we recommend bringing windproof clothing to make it easier to progress.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrive in Ellington and overnight Ellington Day 2 Cresswell to Warkworth 10.5 miles / 16.9 km Day 3 Warkworth to Craster 13 miles / 20.9 km Day 4 Craster to Bamburgh 14 miles / 22.5 km Day 5 Bamburgh to Fenwick 13.5 miles / 21.7 km Day 6 Fenwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed 12 miles / 19.3 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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