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The Northumberland Coast
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Highlights

  • Walking along sweeping sands and breathing in fresh sea air.
  • Discovering ancient castles and ruins including Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh.
  • Enjoying the local seafood specialities Craster kippers.
  • A warm Nothumbrian welcome from your hosts.

Starting your walking holiday in the fishing village of Cresswell, you follow the sweeping sands of Druridge, past the fishing port of Amble to the historic village of Warkworth where you can see Warkworth Castle - the first of many on the walk. Leaving Warkworth you pass through pretty fishing villages such as Alnmouth, Boulmer and Craster, perhaps taking time to stop and sample some of the famous Craster kippers. Take in further energising seascapes and fascinating ruins such as Dunstanburgh Castle before heading inland to the historic villages of Bamford and Belford. From Belford, a walk along dramatic cliff top paths will eventually bring you to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Your holiday features hand-picked overnight accommodation in high quality B&B’s, country inns, and guesthouses. Each is unique and offers the highest levels of welcome, atmosphere and outstanding local cuisine.

We also include daily door to door baggage transfers, a comprehensive guidebook and pre-departure information pack as well as emergency support, should you need it.

Day 1 Arrive: Ellington(2 miles from Cresswell)

There is no accommodation in Cresswell itself so your first night’s accommodation will be in the nearby town of Ellington. Ellington is a 45 minute bus journey from Newcastle which is easily reached via train (3hr from London or 2h 30 from Manchester). There is also an international airport in Newcastle.


Ellington is a small village on the coast of Northumberland close to the start of the walk.


Day 2 Transfer to Cresswell/Walk to Warkworth - 10.5 miles

A short taxi journey (15 minutes) will bring you to the start of the Northumberland Coastal Path in the village of Cresswell. We will provide numbers for local taxis in your pre-departure information pack. Start off by following the sweeping sands of Druridge Bay, with the sound of the surf accompanying you, to the small fishing port of Amble. You may also spot some of the abundant birdlife, with the area being home to several nature reserves. From Amble it is just a short walk to the ancient village of Warkworth and its grand castle.


Warkworth has a long history as an ancient fortified village, originally held by the Anglo-Saxons. Today it is a great place to stop with plenty of interesting craft shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.


Day 3 Warkworth to Craster - 13 Miles

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 Craster where you can quench your appetite and sample some of the delicious local cuisine, Craster kippers.


Craster is a small village with an attractive harbour. From here there are stunning views towards the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.


Day 4 Craster to Seahouses - 10 miles

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.


Day 5 Seahouses to Belford - 11 miles

Today’s walk will start to take you inland for a short while to discover the historic villages of Bamburgh and Belford. Bamburgh Castle is a magnificent sight, sitting high on an outcrop over the beach. The scenery starts to change after leaving Bamburgh, as you walk through fields instead of along the coast before arriving at Belford.


Belford is a pretty little village and features include an original 18th century coaching inn.


Day 6 Belford to Fenwick - 6 miles

Some further inland walking through farmland and woodland today, rewarded with some stunning views towards Holy Island from Kyloe Ridge. You will also follow the historical St Cuthbert’s Way for part of today. We highly recommend taking the short side trip to see the fascinating St Cuthbert’s Cave, where the body of St Cuthbert was reputedly taken when the monks had to flee to safety from Lindisfarne when the Vikings raided.


Fenwick is a fairly small town with limited facilities but your B&B will run you to the pub for dinner.


Day 7 Fenwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed - 12 miles

Your final day’s walking will take you past the causeway over to Holy Island before following cliff top 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 http://orawww.northumberland.gov.uk/www2/holyisland/holyisland.asp.


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.


Day 8 - Onward Travel

Accommodation

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.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most of your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby pubs or restaurants.

 

 




Fairfield House - Warkworth

Fairfield house offers 5 star quality guest accommodations in this charming B&B in Warkworth. All rooms are en-suite and are tastefully decorated and equipped to provide comfort for your stay.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel - Embleton

The Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel is situated just outside the village of Craster in the heart of Embleton, a picturesque village within an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Hotel provides comfortable ensuite rooms and delicious meals are available in the A La Carte Restaurant or the Table d’Hote Dining Room.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Malabar - Seahouses



Malabar Guest House - Seahouses

Your hosts at Malabar, Brian and Moira, have been in the hospitality industry for a number of years and offer a warm welcome to walkers. Malabar offers warm, luxurious rooms and an extra little touch of a delicious slice of cake in each room.


 

 

 


 

 

 



The Farmhouse Guest House - Belford



The Farm House Guest House - Belford

The Farmhouse Guest House is a family run establishment where you will enjoy a personal, warm welcome with all the comforts of home. They offer a high standard of accommodation in an easy, informal atmosphere.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Lindisfarne Inn - Fenwick

Situated between the villages of Fenwick and Beal the Lindisfarne Inn provides a cosy night’s stay in newly refurbished rooms, and a hearty Northumberland breakfast. Their pub uses local, seasonal produce and is the nearest mainland pub to the Holy Island.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Alannah House - Berwick-upon-Tweed



Alannah House - Berwick-upon-Tweed

Alannah House is a family run bed and breakfast in the centre of Berwick-upon-Tweed. At Alannah House, you are ensured of warm,friendly welcome and an enjoyable and comfortable stay.


 

 

 


 

 

 



The Plough Inn - Ellington



The Plough Inn - Ellington

The Plough Inn offers a warm welcome and friendly staff. Located in the small village of Ellington you will thouroughly enjoy your stay.


 

 

 


 

 

Availability

The Northumberland Coastal Path is available from April to September.


Please try to avoid staying in Warkworth over the weekend as no accommodation will take a one night stay.


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.


Grade

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.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. 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.


Solo Walkers

This walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as we incur additional baggage transfer costs there is a solo walker supplement payable.


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

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.


Dogs

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers do not accept pets.

Getting to Ellington

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 back from Berwick-upon-Tweed

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).

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

  • 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.

Extras

  • Single room supplement.
  • Additional nights before, during or after your walk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Planning a trip on the Northumberland Coastal Path can be daunting, especially if this is your first long distance walking holiday. We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful.

How fit do I need to be?

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.

How far in advance do I need to book?

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.

How do the baggage transfers work? 

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.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.

When is the best time of year?

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.

Should I check the tides for Holy Island?

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.

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

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