4 day Walking Holiday Northumberland Coastal Walk
56 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Alnmouth
Dramatic castles, sweeping beaches, cliff-top paths & quaint fishing villages
Walk the Northumberland Coastal Path in the company of Mark Reid, 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 9am on Monday 15th June. The Baggage Courier will collect our luggage.
– Berwick-upon-Tweed to Holy Island (14.5 miles)
Route highlights: Berwick-upon-Tweed’s Elizabethan fortifications, Cocklawburn Dunes nature reserve, Lindisfarne Causeway and spend a night on Holy Island.
– Holy Island to Bamburgh (17.5 miles)
Route highlights: Shiellow Wood, Belford and the Great North Road, Budle Bay and the magnificent Bamburgh Castle.
Wed 17 June 2020 – Bamburgh to Embleton (11.5 miles)
Route highlights: Bamburgh Beach, Farne Islands (optional boat trip), Seahouses, Beadnell Limekilns, Beadnell Bay, Low Newton-by-the-Sea and Embleton Bay.
Thurs 18 June 2020 – Embleton to Alnmouth (11.5 miles)
Route highlights: Impressive Dunstanburgh Castle, Craster kippers, cliff-top paths and seabirds, Boulmer and Alnmouth
At the end of our walk we’ll head to Alnmouth Station, where you can catch the train back to Berwick-upon-Tweed (20 minute journey) or back home. The Baggage Courier will drop our luggage at a pub in Alnmouth, where we will end our walk. We’ll arrange a taxi to take us and our luggage to Alnmouth Station, which is a mile from Alnmouth village.
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:
Berwick-upon-Tweed before/after our walk (optional) – Visit Berwick
Holy Island – Monday 15th June 2020 – Holy Island website
Bamburgh – Tuesday 16th June 2020 – Bamburgh Village website
Embleton – Wednesday 17th June 2020 – Jubilee House B&B; Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel; Blue Bell Inn
Please contact the accommodation provider directly to book your accommodation. The baggage courier will drop your bags at your accommodation.
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; he also has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster. Mark Reid has walked over 21,000 miles of footpaths over the past 23 years, and has taken over 11,000 people out walking in the countryside. 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 11.5 and 17.5 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, as it is not a good idea to rely on pubs for lunchtime food. We will call into pubs along the way for refreshments, however, as this is an adventurous activity then we ask you to limit the amount of alcohol consumed whilst on the walk to one drink.
- Mark Reid is an experienced Mountain Leader. Mark has walked over 21,000 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 11,000 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 can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- Over 18s – this walk is designed for adults.
- Terms and Conditions