Hike the Northumberland Coast & Castles Tour
Double / Single
£895 / £1483
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Providing no further outbreaks of Coronavirus, I will be offering this tour to book from January 2022.
Description of Twin/Double
- Most accommodation in Britain is charged on a Per Person basis (rather than per room basis). The price you see here for this tour is the Price per Person.
- If you request a Twin Room there are two single beds (usually 3 feet wide) in the room.
- If you request a Double Room there is one bed in which two people usually sleep (usually 4 feet 6inches wide).
- Both the Double and the the Twin room are sometimes available for Single Occupancy (one person in the room), usually with a supplement to compensate the provider who would normally have received payment from two people.
- If the accommodation offers Single rooms (one bed of 3 feet wide), this will normally be priced higher than half of a double or twin room. Unless space is limited in the village or accommodation we usually avoid these as the rooms tend to be older and less space to move about.
A seven centre hiking tour along the beautiful Northumberland Coast Path in England, which is part of the North Sea Trail. Famed for its sandy beaches, castles and pretty stone villages, this is a perfect get-away-from-it-all holiday vacation tour. 7 nights bed & breakfast, luggage transfer and transport to the start of the trail and when required to hike across the causeway to Holy Island and Lindisfarne.
You will start this hiking holiday in the delightful Durham City, where the Norman cathedral presides over a the remains of St Cuthbert (who you will encounter again at Lindisfarne on Holy Island). The river curves around the Castle and Cathedral and the town tucks itself in the remaining spaces. We can organise this tour to start at Newcastle if you are arriving on one of the North Sea Ferries. On your first hiking day we will collect you after breakfast and transport you to the start of the trail. The Northumberland Coast is best known for its sweeping sandy beaches, rolling dunes, isolated islands, castles and fish & chips. Look out for local specialities such as freshly caught crab and lobster, Craster Kippers, Stotties and Singing Hinnies. Amidst this striking landscape is the evidence of an area steeped in history, covering 7000 years of human activity. A host of conservation sites, including two National Nature Reserves, testify to the great variety of wildlife and habitats also found on the coast.
You will be staying in a mixture of hotels, inns and guest houses; most but maybe not all will have rooms with en-suite facilities.
START: Durham is midway between York and Edinburgh on the NE coast of England.
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FINISH: Berwick-upon-Tweed is on the east coast border of England and Scotland.
DAY ONE: Arrival at Durham. You may arrive anytime after 3pm, which would give you time to explore the Cathedral and the town. Evening meals can be purchased from the nearby pubs and restaurants (not included). Overnight in the City of Durham, County Durham, England.
DAY TWO: Hike Cresswell to Amble. 10.6 miles (17km). You will be taken from the accommodation at Durham, after breakfast, to the start of the Northumberland Coast Path at Cresswell. With its six mile sweep of beautiful sandy beach, popular country park, numerous wetland nature reserves, Druridge Bay is a great place to visit throughout the year. The self-styled friendliest port of Amble sits at the mouth of the River Coquet. Overnight at Amble, Northumberland, England.
DAY THREE: Hike Amble to Craster. 16.25 miles (26km). A day today packed with lots to see. The castle, hermitage and pretty village at Warkworth are worth a short stop to visit. The village of Alnmouth nestles amidst sand dunes on the Northumberland coast at the mouth of the River Aln, its picturesque red-roofed tiles and brightly coloured facades belie its past as a once important sea port. The rocks below on this section show footprints of dinosaurs. Boulmer is a small fishing village situated 8 miles northeast of Alnwick on the Northumberland Coast AONB. Local fishing boats called Cobles can still be seen hauled onto the low beach at Boulmer Haven, a natural harbour. Howick Hall was built in 1782 by famous Newcastle Architect William Newton. The house is not open to the public at the moment, but there are long term plans to restore the ground floor and to open it with an exhibition on the family, the Great Reform Bill of 1832, the garden and arboretum, and local natural history. Craster is a small, traditional fishing village on the Northumberland Coast, it is famous for its oak–smoked herring, which are known as kippers. Overnight at Craster, Northumberland, England.
DAY FOUR: Hike from Craster to Beadnell. 10.55 miles (17km). Beaches and Castles day as you pass the impressive and now isolated Dunstanburgh Castle. Perched high on a cliff, Dunstanburgh Castle is now largely ruinous although it rated at one time among the largest and grandest castles in the north of England. Dating from the 14th century, the castle was protected on two sides by the sheer cliff face and the sea. You continue the hike across expansive sandy beaches to arrive at the village of Beadnell which surrounds its harbour, amidst sand dunes that gently slope down to the bay. It is popular with windsurfers and sailors, as well those seeking enjoyment on the sheltered sandy beach. Overnight at Beadnell, Northumberland, England.
DAY FIVE: Hike from Beadnell to Belford. 14.3 miles (23km). The popular tourist village of Seahouses grew up around its still busy harbour and is adjoined by its older, more restrained neighbour, North Sunderland. Bamburgh village, dominated by its huge castle, was once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria and the cradle of Celtic church. It is now a popular tourist destination for its heritage and cultural history and for its marvellous sandy beaches. Belford sits below the Kyloe Hills on the fringe of the fertile Northumberland coastal plain. The quiet nature of the village now contrasts greatly with the town of old. Overnight at Belford, Northumberland, England.
DAY SIX: Hike from Belford to Lindisfarne on Holy Island. 13.75 miles (22km). We alter today's hike to tailor it to the tide. The causeway to Holy Island is only free of sea water twice a day for a short time. You may need to spend the morning in Belford or hike to a prearranged village where you will be collected. Alternatively you may go straight to Holy Island and spend time hiking barefoot, as did pilgrims, across the sandy beach on this the sea surrounded island. Holy Island has long been a jewel in the crown of Northumberland with a rich past that now draws thousands of visitors and pilgrims to the Island in search of a connection with the religious past, an abundance of birdlife or the isolated tranquillity of the Island away from the village. Overnight at Lindisfarne on Holy Island, Northumberland, England.
DAY SEVEN: Walk from Holy Island to Berwick-upon-Tweed England. 12.5 miles (20km). Today will be adjusted to use the causeway when it is open. Spittal along with Tweedmouth sits on the southern bank of the River Tweed, and is a place that has undergone many changes. Berwick-upon-Tweed is the northernmost town in England, highly picturesque, steeped in tradition with a unique place in history. Overnight at Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, England.
DAY EIGHT: Departure This tour finishes from Berwick-upon-Tweed after breakfast.
RAIL TRAVEL from LONDON to DURHAM (NOT included in tour price): London Kings Cross and Durham are the nearest rail stations. There is a fast train every hour to Durham (sometimes changing at York). The journey takes about 3.5 hours.
RAIL TRAVEL from BERWICK-UPON-TWEED to LONDON or EDINBURGH (NOT included in tour price): Berwick-upon-Tweed, London Kings Cross and Edinburgh Waverley are the nearest rail stations. There is a fast train every hour north to Edinburgh or south to London. The journey takes 4.5 hours.
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GRADE C: Between 9 - 12 miles (14 - 19kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Strong waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. This tour goes through some areas of remote habitation, and high mountains. You will do up to 2500 feet of ascent and/or descent a day. You will be walking through Farms and walking on Trackless Moorland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 5pm.
For safety reasons, you must be extremely proficient if you intend to walk alone. We strongly suggest against this. Ask yourself can you walk for hours, in driving rain and low visibility, confident in your map reading skills and morale boosting abilities? A friend in need is almost essential.
These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.