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Northumberland - Walking the Coast & Coquetdale

From £999
Duration 5 Days
Departures from: Oct 2022 - Oct 2022
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From £999
Duration 5 Days
Departures from: Oct 2022 - Oct 2022
Tour Overview

Discover Northumberland's dramatic coastline on foot, walk the causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and enjoy wild, open views of the national park.

  • Walking
  • Half Board
  • All Highlights Included
  • Max Group Size 25

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • 4 nights half-board in a 3-star hotel
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 packed lunches, 4 dinners including a welcome drink
  • Free parking at hotel for duration
  • All highlights included
  • Transportation on excursions & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

Walk part of the Ingram Valley, taking in the wildlife as you go
Walk Pilgrims' Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
Coastal path walk from Craster to Seahouses
Enjoy picnic lunches in beautiful surroundings

Itinerary

Day 1 Alnwick

Make your own way to your hotel in the lovely market town of Alnwick, where your Tour Manager will be waiting to greet you. This evening you're invited to join your fellow travellers for a welcome drink before dinner in the hotel's restaurant.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Ingram Valley

Walk 13km/8 miles - 5 hours Start your day with a hearty breakfast before meeting your fellow travellers and embarking on our first walking day in the Ingram Valley.
The Ingram Valley lies on the eastern edge of Northumberland National Park. It is an historic, or even a prehistoric landscape, where you can clearly see Bronze Age and Iron Age Archaeology on the paths and trails that we follow. This is hill farming country and here they farm organic sheep, beef cattle and uniquely in Northumberland National Park, red deer, all of which we will see on this walk.
The walk is 8 miles (12.5km) with 1,350 feet (400m) of ascent and 1,300 feet (400m) of descent. The walk follows grass paths, occasionally rocky and wet underfoot with plenty of opportunities to stand, stare and take photographs. From the top of Cochrane Pike, just under 1,100 feet (335m) above sea level there are superb 360 degree views as far as the Northumberland Coast, the high Cheviot Hills and on a good day the North Pennines come into view.
After Cochrane Pike, we head for Old Fawdon Hill for some more great views and scenery, before descending back to the village of Ingram where you can have the opportunity to visit the café and shop here (own expense). Meals included: B,L,D

Day 3 The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Walk 11km/7 miles - 4 hours

You'll need your wellies for part of today as we head off on a truly unique walk. We're going to leave the mainland and cross to the unspoilt Holy Island of Lindisfarne, which was one of the most important centres of early Christianity. This tidal island is accessed via a paved causeway, which is flooded by the North Sea twice a day.
We'll follow the ancient route known as the Pilgrims' Way to the island, and then our circular walk takes us around the coast. We'll pass the remains of a Norman priory and the 16th century Lindisfarne Castle, built high on a volcanic mound in the 1500s to thwart invasion by the Scots. The views from here are simply breathtaking, so we'll stay a while to take them in.
Behind the castle, we'll see well-preserved 19th century lime kilns, and as we go we'll keep an eye out for wildlife. Many types of seabird can be seen on the island, including oystercatchers, ringed plovers and redshanks. If we're really lucky, we might spot Atlantic grey seals along the coastline.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Coastal Path from Craster to Seahouses

Walk 16km/10 miles - 6 hours

After breakfast, we're heading off on our final walk, following the coastal path from Craster to Seahouses, two delightful fishing villages. The Northumberland coast boasts some incredible scenery, with mile upon mile of deserted sandy beaches, so prepare to be impressed!
First we'll pass Craster's famous smokehouse, where salmon and kippers are cured just as they would have been more than 130 years ago. Next, we'll admire Dunstanburgh Castle ruins which stand on a remote headland, and Greymare Rock, a summer breeding ground for kittiwake and fulmar.
We'll make our way around the sand dunes of Embleton Bay to Low Newton, a pretty village with an open-ended square of white-painted fishermen's cottages. Seals can often be seen here basking on the rocks, so keep your fingers crossed for a sighting.
We head to Beadnell Bay, with its beautiful sandy beach, before we round the headland towards Seahouses. Take in fantastic views of the Farne Islands, which lie just off the Northumberland coast, the Longstone lighthouse and the magnificent Bamburgh Castle.
Our walk ends at Seahouses harbour. There's time to take a look around the village or maybe stop off at a café or pub for a refreshing drink before we head back to the hotel.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Depart Alnwick

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then make your way back home.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

Please note: We'll walk at a manageable pace, and all of the walks can be shortened, if you wish. Most walks take place on paths and tracks. Some will be slightly more strenuous and may involve moderate slopes, hills, stiles and foot bridges, which may be rough underfoot. Sturdy walking shoes are essential.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

The Hog's Head Inn

Located on the edge of the delightful market town of Alnwick, your hotel is just a few minutes' drive to Alnwick Castle and close to Northumberland National Park. Facilities include a restaurant and a bar. Guest rooms feature private facilities, TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and a safe.

What our customers say

  1. Not a large group

    "This was my first time on a solos holiday and I really enjoyed it - everyone was very welcoming, the tour guide was excellent and I wouldn’t hesitate to book with Just You in the future. Well organised and not a large group" - Mary Copare

  2. Monet gardens was fabulous

    "The trip to Monet gardens was fabulous. The Monet house and gardens really beautiful we could have spent longer there and the sun made it more so. We had excellent lunch and would definitely go back there. The hotel where we stayed was also very good well presented and in a quiet, clean, nice area with local parks and shops in vicinity. Very welcoming.The groups are not too large and everyone is friendly and keen to enjoy the places visited" - Pamela Bulmer

  3. Guide was outstanding

    "Very enjoyable, well organised, comfortable hotel, pleasant coaches and courteous drivers. No delays or problem. Guide was outstanding, definitely enhanced the whole experience" - Sally Baron

  4. Beautiful gardens

    "A glorious tour of beautiful gardens with a great group of like-minded travellers and a wonderful guide" - Anna Evripidou.

  5. First time I travelled alone

    "This was the first time I travelled alone. I had a lovely weekend, good company & places to visit. Good way to travel & meet people" - Jennifer Jones

  6. Confidence building

    "As a first time lone traveller I was very apprehensive but found it a great and confidence building experience. I will do it again!" - Victoria Taylor

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