Walking the Northumberland Coast

9 days
from
£795
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Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 2+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
W08NH
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Min age:
2

Walk along Northumberland's wild coast with fabulous beaches, famous castles, fish & chips and spectacular views across the North Sea.

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.


Highlights

  • Explore the famous castles of the county: Alnwick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Warkworth
  • Fabulous coastal walking with wide sandy beaches and dunes with views over the North Sea
  • Northumberland's Coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Visit Holy Island (Lindisfarne) with it's tidal causeway and National Nature Reserve
  • Complete the full Northumberland Coast Path (100km) from Cresswell to Berwick-upon-Tweed

Key information

  • Accommodation in a range of hotels and inns, including a stay on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom
Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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7

Days of Walking & Trekking
Day by day breakdown
Day 215.0km/9.0miles
Day 319.0km/12.0miles
Day 419.0km/12.0miles
Day 515.0km/9.0miles
Day 618.0km/11.0miles
Day 719.0km/12.0miles
Day 821.0km/13.0miles

Itinerary

Warkworth
to
Berwick Upon Tweed
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Day 9

    Depart after breakfast

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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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.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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