Best of the Northumberland Coastal Path5 Days & 4 Nights 4.4 Read 22 reviews
- Escape to the Northumberland Coast for a refreshing short break
- Step back in history visiting the ancient castles of Warkworth, Dunstanburgh & Bamburgh
- Stay in welcoming fishing villages and seaside towns
- Enjoy views to Holy Island and continue along clifftop paths to Berwick-upon-Tweed
- Sample the local seafood speciality 'Craster Kippers'
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.
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
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 12 Years
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Activity Level & 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.
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.
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.
If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.
- Overnight stays in handpicked B&Bs, guest houses and small hotels in en-suite rooms wherever possible
- Breakfast each morning
- Door-to-door baggage transfers
- Taxi transfer from Alnmouth to Warkworth (Day 1)
- Taxi transfer from Bamburgh to Fenwick (Day 4)
- A detailed information pack and guidebook
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem
- Travel to Warkworth & From Berwick-upon-Tweed
- Lunch & Dinner, Snacks & Drinks
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Equipment
- Public transportation and/or taxi transfers not listed under inclusions
- 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
Getting to Alnmouth is easy with Newcastle and Edinburgh being the nearest airports. Alnmouth has its own railway station, as well as Berwick-upon-Tweed and Morpeth. Alnmouth can be reached from London Kings Cross in 3,5 hours (direct train) or it is possible to change over in York or Newcastle. Please see National Rail UK for more information, timetables and tickets.
Upon arrival in Alnmouth, an included taxi transfer will bring you to your accommodation in Warkworth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We offer a range of itineraries so you can choose your preferred daily distance so hopefully you will find an itinerary that suits your preferred level of activity. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the Northumberland Coastal Path is extremely popular especially in the summer months. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try our best to accommodate your plans.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved on to your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit you luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.
Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better. Although I believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.
If you do plan to visit Holy Island, we recommend you check the tidal chart for the day you pass the causeway over to Holy Island. If you plan to stay overnight, you should also check when it is safe to cross the following day. Check out the safe tide crossings here.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrival Alnmouth. Transfer to Warkworth
Begin your adventure along the Northumberland Coast in the ancient village of Warkworth, right next to the seafront. A short taxi transfer from Alnmouth Train Station (15 min) will take you straight to your accommodation allowing you to have a relaxing start to your trip. Explore the streets that are filled with artisan shops, book stores and restaurants. Perhaps enjoy a refreshing, homemade ice cream in one of the cafes nearby. Famed for its rich history the well-preserved Warkworth Castle dominates the skyline wherever you turn.
This 5-star boutique bed and breakfast rooms opened in May 2017. All rooms have been decorated and furnished to a very high standard with Voyage Maison wall art and fabrics and Barker and Stonehouse furniture. You will enjoy a warm welcome along with a hearty breakfast which is served downstairs in the café.
Warkworth Old Post Office, now a grade II listed building, is constructed from stone, reportedly pilfered from the nearby castle hundreds of years ago! They provide quality, comfortable accommodation and offer a few little luxuries, including Egyptian cotton sheets, duvet covers and towels; goose feather duvets and real coffee and fresh milk.
In the heart of the village of Warkworth, this 18th-century coaching inn offers comfortable accommodation with a range of rooms, each with a digital flat-screen TV and an en suite bathroom. Some also have luxurious toiletries.
Today’s walk is all about pretty Northumbrian fishing villages. Arrive first in the picturesque Alnmouth and another great spot for wildlife enthusiasts at the Aln Estuary. From here, head towards the old smuggling town of Boulmer. Enjoy taking in the delightful seaside smells - catch here includes crab, lobsters and sea salmon. Finally, you will arrive in Howick, just 2 miles before Craster, where you can quench your appetite and sample some of the delicious local cuisine, smoked herring or kippers.
This is a lovely B&B set in its own grounds surrounded by fields and woods near Craster. Rooms are comfortably furnished and have all the amenities you require for a great overnight stay. They have a seating area exclusively for guests and free Wi-Fi.
The Cottage Inn provides B&B accommodation just outside the pretty village of Craster. All bedrooms have been renovated to a comfortable standard, room are en-suite with flat screen TV’s, garden views, complimentary bathroom products, hairdryers and complementary beverage tray. During your stay you will be able to sample some of Northumberland’s best foods and ales, they are committed to using local produce where possible. They pride themselves on their cask conditioned ales and always have a good selection from the local micro-breweries.
Not long after leaving today, you will marvel at the ancient ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle which you can see from Craster. Following this, some delightful walking alongside the sandy bays of Beadnell and Embleton will bring you to Seahouses.
Seahouses is a bustling harbour town, most famous as the hopping off point for the fascinating Farne Islands. The Farne Islands are the most famous bird sanctuary in the British Isles and are home to an abundance of wildlife including puffins, guillemot, and grey seals. If you have time, it is definitely worth adding an extra day in Seahouses in order to visit the Islands.
You will continue along the coast until the historic village of Bamburgh. Bamburgh Castle is a magnificent sight, sitting high on an outcrop over the beach.
The Victoria Hotel is a welcoming AA 3 Star hotel that overlooks the village green in the heart of historic Bamburgh. The village is overlooked by magnificent Bamburgh Castle which has featured in many historical films. All of their bedrooms offer high quality furnishing and all modern conveniences including hairdryer, complimentary refreshment tray, and LCD TV. Opened in 2012, Baileys Bar & Restaurant offers high quality, locally sourced food, cooked free to Rosette standard.
Budle Hall is a family run B&B and is said to be one of Northumberland’s loveliest small country houses. They have 5 well-appointed en-suite rooms and they have all the amenities you require for a comfortable and relaxing overnight stay.
The Sunningdale is family owned and offers a warm welcome to all. It is their aim to offer excellent service and quality during your stay. They have 21 en-suite bedrooms, all of which are comfortably furnished and include colour televisions and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities and toiletries. Their restaurant offers a superb selection of delicious home made excellent value food. They use high quality delicious produce such as locally reared and butchered lamb and pork, Lakeland matured beef and a superb selection of daily fresh fish.
A short taxi transfer (15 min) will drop you off just outside of Fenwick. Your final day’s walking will take you past the causeway over to Holy Island before following clifftop paths with dramatic views to the historic Berwick-upon-Tweed. If you have time (and the safe crossing times permit) you may even wish to visit Holy Island. Safe crossing times can be checked here.
Berwick-upon-Tweed has a fascinating history, with hands changed between Scotland and England for centuries. Enjoy taking in some of the many interesting architectural features such as its old defence ramparts or ancient town walls. Berwick also has a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafes making it the perfect place to celebrate the end of your walk.
Alannah House is a beautiful family run bed and breakfast in the centre of the historic walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. At Alannah House you are ensured of a warm, friendly welcome and an enjoyable and comfortable stay. Accommodation is of a high standard, receiving an English Tourist Board rating of 4 stars (silver award).
The Queen's Head Hotel is set in the old historic market town Berwick-Upon-Tweed. The six bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with matching fabrics, the beds are individually pocket sprung and have down duvets so you can enjoy a restful night's sleep. You will also find fresh fruit and jelly beans in each room along with complementary toiletries, plush cotton towels and hypo-allergenic pillows. The restaurant over looks Sandgate and is a lively yet elegant place for a leisurely meal. The flavour of the food reflects all that is good about local authentic fresh food.
You are assured a very warm welcome from Liz and Graham at the Tweed View House. The rooms have free WiFi, flat screen televisions, a fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, fresh milk, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, information pack & much more.
After breakfast your walking holiday will come to an end. See the Travel Info section for some useful details for your onward travel.
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