Bamburgh Castle

Walking the Northumberland Coast Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
United Kingdom
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
W08NH
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

9 Days Flight Inclusive
9 Days Land only
Ages: 12+

Trip Overview

On our 8 night holiday you will complete the full 100km of the Northumberland Coast Path, walking from Cresswell to Berwick-upon-Tweed, accompanied every day with fabulous coastal views over wide sandy beaches. Along the way you'll discover the history of the area through the castles of Alnwick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Warkworth; the fishing village of Craster and the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Berwick. Passing through Nature Reserves you'll find an amazing variety of wildlife, particularly birds.


At a Glance

  • Accommodation in a range of hotels and inns, including a stay on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
Adult min age:
12

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Warkworth
End City:
Berwick Upon Tweed

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Warkworth

    Arrive in Warkworth and take a stroll around the town and the medieval Warkworth Castle, with fabulous river and coastal views from the walls. Stay 3 nights here.

  • Day 2

    Alnwick and Hulne Priory walk

    Today explore Alnwick and its world-famous castle, with its 14th century keep, world-class formal gardens and ‘Capability’ Brown landscaping. Enjoy a delightful circular walk around Hulne Park with its woodlands, cave, 13th century Priory and the River Aln that runs through the town.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 15 km / 9 miles
  • Day 3

    Cresswell to Warkworth

    Take the local bus to Ellington and head out to Cresswell to take your first steps along the Northumberland Coast Path. With spectacular views over wide sandy beaches, backed by sand dunes, you head north along the coast towards Amble, with its marina, then back to Warkworth along the River Coquet.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 19 km / 12 miles
  • Day 4

    Warkworth to Howick

    The route today follows the Coast Path north through Alnmouth and along past more wide sandy beaches and rocky headlands to Howick. Pass through the seaside village of Boulmer, close to RAF Boulmer, home to the UK’s Aerospace Surveillance and Control System Force Command.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 19 km / 12 miles
  • Day 5

    Howick to High Newton by the Sea

    Walk along the coast to the north, passing through the fishing village of Craster, famous for its kipper smoking. You could visit the Arnold Memorial Nature Reserve while you’re in Craster or head on to Dunstanburgh and its dramatic castle ruins that sit on a remote headland. Continue on to overnight in High Newton by the Sea.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 15 km / 9 miles
  • Day 6

    High Newton by the Sea to Bamburgh

    Today's walk takes you along the coast to one of the most iconic views in the British Isles – Bamburgh Castle. Few vistas compare to the wide beach and castle backdrop at dusk but there’s coastal and inland walking to be enjoyed along the way with fishing villages, rocky headlands and spectacular beaches.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 18 km / 11 miles
  • Day 7

    Bamburgh to Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

    Continue your journey north to Holy Island today (partly by local bus) to the end of the tidal causeway before heading over to the island and exploring its National Nature Reserve. Overnight on Holy Island.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 19 km / 12 miles
  • Day 8

    Holy Island (Lindisfarne) to Berwick-upon-Tweed

    Back over the tidal causeway from Holy Island, you continue north along the Northumberland Coast Path towards Berwick-upon-Tweed, England’s northernmost town that sits at the mouth of the River Tweed. Originally an Anglo-Saxon settlement, Berwick is a market town with centuries of history, including its Georgian Town Hall, Elizabethan ramparts, Britain’s earliest barracks buildings and 13th century Berwick Castle. For the art historians, Dewars Lane, as well as other Berwick locations, was painted by L.S. Lowry in the 1930s.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 21 km / 13 miles
  • Day 9

    Depart after breakfast

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels

You will stay in a variety of hotels including a 5 star village pub & inn and a 18th-century hotel which was once visited by Charles Dickens.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £245.00

Joining Instructions

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start:
Warkworth
Location end:
Berwick-upon-Tweed

What to Take

Practical Information

Visa

United Kingdom

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

United Kingdom's Timezone:
Europe/London BST (GMT +01:00)

Electricity

United Kingdom's Electricity:

220-240V. 50Hz. You will need a 3 pinned type G plug.

Money

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Important Information

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Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.