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Northumberland Coastal Path - 8 Days & 7 Nights

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.4 Read 21 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 Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Historical Journeys, Coastal & Island, National Parks & Trails

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 level and does involve too much ascent and descent.

Navigation

The Northumberland Coastal Path is very well way marked throughout and 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 the accommodation. You will stay in carefully selected 3 or 4 star B&B’s, guesthouses, country pubs and small hotels. Your room will always have an en-suite or private bathroom. A delicious breakfast is always included.

Single Rooms 

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

Included
  • 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.
Excluded
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
  • Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk.
  • Transfer from Ellington to Cresswell
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after your walk.

When To Go

The Northumberland Coastal Path is available from April to September. Please try to avoid staying in Warkworth over the weekend as some accommodations will not take a one night stay.

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.

It is possible to leave your car at the accommodation in Ellington for the duration of your walk.

Getting from the End

Berwick-upon-Tweed is on the East Coast mainline and regular trains will whisk you back to London (4h), Newcastle (45m),Manchester (3h 30) or Edinburgh (45m).

Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.

Equipment

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack. 

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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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Ellington and overnight Ellington Day 2 Transfer to Cresswell and walk to Warkworth 10.5 miles / 16.9 km Day 3 Warkworth to Craster 13 miles / 20.9 km Day 4 Craster to Seahouses 10 miles / 16 km Day 5 Seahouses to Belford 11 miles / 17.7 km Day 6 Belford to Fenwick 6 miles / 9.6 km Day 7 Fenwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed 12 miles / 19.3 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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