Walk in the steps of St Cuthbert. Durham, Farne Islands & Lindisfarne
Double / Single
£500 / £862
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April to October
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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 four centre easy walking tour where you discover the life of St Cuthbert and some of the serenely beautiful scenery that hasn’t changed much since his time. You start but spending two nights in the City of Durham. You will then be transferred to the Northumberland Coast at Seahouses. Here you can take one of the converted fishing boats for a two hour trip out to the Farne Islands. The next day you walk from Seahouses along the sandy beach to reach Bamburgh with its impressive Castle. The next morning we will arrange to take you to the causeway which leads to Holy Island and your final overnight is at Beal, on the mainlad, near Holy Island.
An easy walking tour based in Durham and on the Northumberland Coast. You start but spending two nights in the City of Durham. Here you can visit the Norman Cathedral where the tomb of St Cuthbert lies. A walk around the river loop will give you a good idea of this impressive miniature city. You will then be transferred to the Northumberland Coast at Seahouses. Here you can take one of the converted fishing boats for a two hour trip out to the Farne Islands. The next day you walk from Seahouses along the sandy beach to reach Bamburgh with its impressive Castle. The next morning we will arrange to take you to the causeway which leads to Holy Island and you will overnight at Beal, on the mainland near to Holy Island. On the final morning we will make arrangements to deliver you to the nearest rail station (Alnmouth or Berwick-upon-Tweed) which have connections to Edinburgh, Manchester or London.
5 nights’ bed & breakfast, luggage transfer and transport to Seahouses and shuttle arrangements when required to walk across the causeway to Holy Island and Lindisfarne and back to the nearest rail station on the departure morning.
START: Durham is midway between York and Edinburgh near the NE coast of England.
FINISH: Lindisfarne is near the Scottish Coast on the east coast of Northumberland.
PLEASE NOTE: The arrangements for visting Holy Island (Lindisfarne) will be determined by the tidal conditions on the day this is planned. You will ALWAYS have some time on the island for walking, on this trip.
DAY ONE: Arrival at Durham. You may arrive anytime after 2pm, which would give you time to explore the town before dinner. Evening meals can be purchased from the hotel or nearby pubs and restaurants (not included). Overnight in the City of Durham, County Durham, England.
DAY TWO: Discover Durham. The Cathedral is one of the finest Norman structures in Europe. There is also an excellent riverside walk where you can look up at the Cathedral & Castle ramparts. Evening meals can be purchased at the hotel or from the nearby pubs and restaurants (not included). Overnight in the City of Durham, County Durham, England.
DAY THREE: To Seahouses and The Farne Islands. (extra 5 miles walk available). You will be taken from the accommodation at Durham, after breakfast, to the small seaside resort of Seahouses. Here you can take one of the converted fishing boats (NOT included in the tour price), for a two hour trip to the Farne Islands where you will see the conditions in which St Cuthbert spent some of his solitary monastic life. The islands are teeming with seals and puffins. If you have time, and wish to do some walking you can take the coastal path to Beadnell (and return the same way or get the local bus). Overnight at Seahouses, Northumberland, England.
DAY FOUR: Walk the Coastal Path to Bamburgh. 5 miles (8km). You can walk the coastal path along the beautiful sandy beach or it is possible to take the regular local bus from Seahouses Bamburgh. You will have time to discover the impressive Bamburgh Castle which dominates this little village. Overnight at Bamburgh, Northumberland, England.
DAY FIVE: Walk across the causeway from the mainland to Holy Island. 4.4 miles (7km). Today’s walk will have to fit in with the tides. The causeway to Holy Island is only free of sea water twice a day for a short time, so your options will be dictated by this. You may need to spend the morning in Bamburgh from where you will be collected. Alternatively you may go straight to Holy Island and spend time walking the sea surrounded island from Lindisfarne. 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. Normally you are dropped off in Lindisfarne and collected, before the tide cuts off the island, and taken all or part of the way to the accommodation. Overnight at Beal on the mainland, Northumberland, England.
DAY SIX: Departure This tour finishes after breakfast from where you will be transferred to the nearest rail station at Alnmouth (if travelling south OR Berwick is travelling north). There are connecting trains to Edinburgh, Manchester and London
RAIL TRAVEL from MANCHESTER AIRPORT or 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). Presently the 13:30 from London Kings Cross arrives in Durham at 16:24 (direct). Currently the cheapest Standard Single ticket costs £30 with seat reservation if booked in advance (£150 if booked at the station on the day with no seat reservation).
RAIL TRAVEL from BERWICK to EDINBURGH or ALNMOUTH to LONDON and MANCHESTER AIRPORT (NOT included in tour price): Alnmouth and London King’s Cross or Manchester Airport are the nearest if heading south, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh Waverley are the nearest if heading north.
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Discount rail ticket to Durham and from Alnmouth or Berwick. Extra walking or sightseeing days.
GRADE E: Between 6 - 9 miles (10 - 14kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Light Waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. No more than 1000 feet ascent and/or descent a day. Footpaths through farmland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 4pm.
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.