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Best of the Northumberland Coastal Path

5 Days & 4 Nights
  • 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'
Take on a classic walk along the beautiful Northumberland Coastal Path. This area is not only known for its rich history but it also offers some of the finest coastal walking in Europe. Follow uncrowded paths along the seafront, through nature reserves and past deserted beaches. Enjoy the ever-changing views, from wide sweeping bays and secluded coves to friendly fishing ports, rocky headlands and striking castles, such as Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh. Visit the local pubs and learn how the North Sea has shaped the lives of the communities beside it. Smell the fresh salty air and listen to the songs of seabirds on the coast. This trip is guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed upon return!

What To Expect

This is an energising walk along the Northumberland Coast, a landscape that has been recognised as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dive into the local history and visit some of the most unspoiled beaches in Europe. If you are looking for a short walking itinerary visiting the most beautiful stretches of the coastal path, this is the walk for you.

Tour Style:

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

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

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 short break itinerary has been graded as easy to moderate. This is a low-level route with very few climbs, nothing that involves too much ascent/descent and perfect for the regular walker. Most of the walk you will be following footpaths and bridleways, but some sections cross beaches or minor roads.

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.

Accommodations

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
  • 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
Excluded
  • 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
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

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

Luggage 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 Arrival Alnmouth. Transfer to Warkworth Day 2 Walk Warkworth to Howick 12 miles / 19 km Day 3 Walk Howick to Bamburgh 15.5 miles / 25 km Day 4 Transfer Bamburgh to Fenwick. Walk to Berwick-upon-Tweed 11 miles / 18 km Day 5 Onward Travel

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