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Northumberland Experience - Coast, Castles & Gardens

from £845
Walking and sightseeing amongst the rugged coast, ancient castles and charming gardens of Northumberland. 

Guided Walking Holidays - Northumberland Experience - Coast, Castles & Gardens

Up here the air is clear and fresh, the clouds scurry by and the sun’s rays dapple the endless deserted sandy beaches. This is the place to blow the cobwebs away.

We will include walks taking in rugged coastal paths, golden sands and the dramatic ancient castles of Lindisfarne, Bamburgh and ruins of Dunstanburgh. Inland there are remarkable gardens at Alnwick Castle and Cragside.

There is also the wilderness of the Cheviots and the Northumberland National Park to discover, with a taster taking in some of the best of St Cuthbert’s Way. This cross-border route links the two landmarks perhaps most associated with the iconic religious figure, Melrose Abbey in the Scottish borders and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The region is staggeringly beautiful and is excitingly varied from the rugged terrain of the Cheviot Hills to the wide sandy beaches of the Northumberland coast.

This holiday incorporates a good mixture of varied walking together with sightseeing each day and one rest day mid-week. Your programme will include a visit to Chillingham Castle, an ancient fortress where you will see active restoration of complex masonry, metalwork and ornamental plaster as the restoration continues. There are parklands, gardens and castles to see including Bamburgh Castle. You will also visit the National Trust property of Cragside and enjoy the magnificent Victorian house, gardens and woodland.

Holiday Highlights

Holiday Highlights:

  • Explore the wild Northumberland and Scottish border country.
  • Visit the holy island of Lindisfarne.
  • Discover the natural and industrial wonder of Cragside
  • Stroll through the remarkable Alnwick Garden.
  • Walk to the dramatically located castles of Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      En-suite accommodation with breakfasts each day.
      5 dinners at the hotel plus 2 dinners at a local restaurant
      All transport necessary to and from the walks.
      Entrance fees to Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Cragside, Bamburgh Castle and Chillingham Castle.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4/SS

  1. Day 1

    Independent arrival at the Tankerville Arms Hotel in Wooler. Check in is from 2pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner. 

  2. Day 2

    Five day's walking and sightseeing the best of Northumberland's coast, countryside and history from our base at Wooler. We'll include a good mixture of varied walking together with sightseeing each day

    We'll walk on the Northumberland Coastal Path from Craster, via Dunstanborough Castle to Boulmer. We also explore to Alnwick Castle and Gardens (entrance fees included).

  3. Day 3

    Walking on St Cuthbert's Way past St Cuthbert's Cave and through Kylow Woods to Fenwick. We'll continue to visit and walk on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Dinner tonight will be in a local restaurant.

  4. Day 4

    Crossing the Cheviot Hills on St Cuthbert's Way, we'll walk from Wooler Common to the estate village of Hethpool in the College Valley. We also include a visit to Chillingham Castle today (entrance fee included).

  5. Day 5

    A free day with dinner tonight in a local restaurant.

  6. Day 6

    A walk taking in the Simonside Hills, the River Coquet, and visits to the attractive village of Rothbury and the National Trust's magnificent Cragside Estate. We'll include walk on the estate's hiking trails with time to visit the house too (entry to the house and gardens included).

  7. Day 7

    Today we'll visit Bamburgh and its imposing castle (entry included) and then continue along the coast and rural countryside for 3 miles to Seahouses.

  8. Day 8

    Independent departure from the Tankerville Arms after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

The Tankerville Arms Hotel, Wooler, Northumberland

We stay in a former 18th century coaching inn, the Tankerville Arms Hotel, ten minutes’ walk from the centre of Wooler, a market town dating back to the 13th century.

This traditional three-star walker friendly hotel offers comfortable facilities, hearty pub-style food and a warm welcome from its friendly managers and  staff.

Rooms all include en suite bathrooms, and have TVs and free Wi-Fi, as well as hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has its own car park.

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