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Northumberland Experience - Coast, Castles & Gardens

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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. 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. You will also visit the National Trust property of Cragside and enjoy the magnificent Victorian house, gardens and woodland.

Entrance to Cragside is not included as National Trust members get in free. If you are a member, don’t forget to bring your membership card.


Holiday Highlights

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

      Half board en suite accommodation
      Entrance fees to Alnwick Castle and Gardens and Chillingham Castle 
      All local transport to and from the walks
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
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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 programme, 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. All evening meals throughout your holiday will be taken in the hotel restaurant. 

  2. Day 2

    On this holiday, we offer four day's walking and sightseeing amongst the best of Northumberland's coast, countryside and history from our base at Wooler. As part of the programme, we include a good mixture of varied walking together with sightseeing each day. 

    Today we will walk on the Northumberland Coastal Path from Craster, via Dunstanborough Castle to Boulmer. In the afternoon, we will explore the Alnwick Castle and Gardens (entrance fees included).

  3. Day 3

    Today's walk, following St Cuthbert's Way, crosses undulating country to the sandstone ridge and past St Cuthbert's Cave. After crossing the ridge, it descends through Kyloe Woods to Fenwick. There are wonderful views of the Cheviots, Glendale, Lindisfarne, Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands. Depending on the tidal times, your day may start or finish with a visit to Lindisfarne, Holy Island. 

  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 beautiful College Valley. This is a wonderful walk offering great views and much of interest in very tranquil hill country. We also include a visit to Chillingham Castle today (entrance fee included). 

  5. Day 5

    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. (The entry fee to Cragside is not included in the holiday price, but if you have National Trust membership you can get free of charge entry, so please don't forget your membership card). 

  6. Day 6

    Independent departure from the Tankerville Arms after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon. 

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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.