4 day Walking Holiday Northumberland Coast Path
55 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Alnmouth
Dramatic castles, sweeping beaches, cliff-top paths & quaint fishing villages
Walk the Northumberland Coast Path in the company of Mark Reid, experienced Mountain Leader and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), who will share his detailed knowledge of this wonderful coastline with its imposing castles, sweeping bays, historic islands, quaint fishing villages and impressive wildlife and seabirds.
Mark Reid spent two years walking the paths and coastline of Northumberland whilst researching his book The Inn Way… to Northumberland, and will share his knowledge of the area with you.
ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE…
- Discover Northumberland’s beautiful coastline with Mark Reid
- Walk along sweeping beaches and cliff-top paths
- Explore the history and heritage of the area
- Relax in cosy inns each evening
- Spend a night on Holy Island
- Forget about map reading, and enjoy the journey instead!
Meet at Berwick-upon-Tweed Railway Station at 9:30am on Monday 1st July 2024. The Baggage Courier will collect our luggage.
– Berwick-upon-Tweed to Holy Island
Route highlights: Berwick-upon-Tweed’s Elizabethan fortifications, Cocklawburn Dunes nature reserve, Lindisfarne Pilgrim’s Path (barefoot across the sands) and spend a night on Holy Island. 14 miles
– Holy Island to Bamburgh
Route highlights: Back across the Causeway, Shiellow Wood, Kyloe Hills, Belford and the Great North Road, the legend of the Laidley Worm and the magnificent Bamburgh Castle. 18 miles
Wednesday 3rd July 2024 – Bamburgh to Embleton
Route highlights: Bamburgh Beach, Seahouses, Beadnell Limekilns, Beadnell Bay, Low Newton-by-the-Sea and Embleton Bay – a day of sweeping beaches. 12 miles
Thursday 4th July 2024 – Embleton to Alnmouth
Route highlights: Impressive Dunstanburgh Castle, Craster kippers, cliff-top paths and seabirds, Boulmer, Alnmouth and more magnificent beaches. 11 miles
All distances are approximate. The Baggage Courier will drop our luggage at a pub in Alnmouth, where we will end our walk. Alnmouth Station is 1 mile from the village, where you may wish to catch the train back to Berwick-upon-Tweed (20 minute journey) or back home. Mark Reid will have his car at Alnmouth, so can give you a lift to the station if you wish.
HOW TO GET TO BERWICK-UPON-TWEED
There is a train station at Berwick-upon-Tweed on the East Coast Mainline, with regular fast trains between York and Edinburgh. We will then spend 4 days walking southwards along the Northumberland Coast to Alnmouth, where this is also a train station on the East Coast Mainline. You can then either catch a train back to Berwick-upon-Tweed (20 minute journey) or onward travel home. For train times, please visit National Rail Enquiries
You will need accommodation at the following locations:
Holy Island – Monday 1st July 2024 – Holy Island website
Bamburgh – Tuesday 2nd July 2024 – Bamburgh Village website
Further accommodation is available at nearby Seahouses (10-min bus ride)
Embleton – Wednesday 3rd July 2024 – Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel; Blue Bell Inn; Newton Haven (Low Newton)
You may wish to consider staying at Berwick-upon-Tweed before our walk and Alnmouth after our walk, although these are optional.
Please contact the accommodation provider directly to book your accommodation. The baggage courier will drop your bags at your accommodation.
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark has walked over 28,000 miles of footpaths since 1997, and has taken over 17,000 people out walking in the countryside – he’s been an Outdoor Professional for 26 years! Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
EXPERIENCE, FITNESS, TERRAIN ETC...
- This is a 4-day walking trip along the Northumberland Coastal Path.
- Multi-day walking requires a good level of fitness and stamina, as we will be walking between 11 and 18 miles each day for 4 days in succession. Beach walking can be tiring due to the soft sand.
- You will need to have completed two back-to-back full day walks prior to this walking holiday (at least 12 miles on a Saturday and on Sunday).
- The terrain includes beaches, sand, mud, sand-dunes, coastal cliff-tops (grassy, rocky etc), farmland, riverside and woodland paths and tracks, some of which are uneven, rough and wet underfoot. The route also includes lanes and roads, as well as numerous stiles and some stream crossings. We may also experience adverse weather conditions.
- Most of the walking is along flat beaches and coastline, although there are some gentle undulations along the way.
- There will be rest stops throughout the day, as well as 30-mins for lunch. Please provide a packed lunch each day. We will call into cafes along the way for refreshments, however, these cannot be relied upon for lunchtime food.
- Mark Reid is an experienced Mountain Leader. Mark has walked over 27,000 miles of footpaths throughout the North of England over the last decade and knows the Lake District extremely well. Since 2007, we have taken over 16,000 people out walking in the countryside.
- Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk of accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- Over 18s – this walk is designed for adults.
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