This was our first walking holiday of this type so we were not sure what to expect!
Overall, we had a positive and enjoyable experience. The itinerary worked perfectly including our additional day walking onto Holy Island using the Pilgrim route.
The trip started well when on arrival at Warkworth, we were informed that we had been upgraded to the bridal suite as we were staying for two nights.
The first couple of days walking were superb along the sandy beach of Druridge Bay, the views across to Coquet Island and up the Estuary to Amble and then on the second day walking into Alnmouth and onto Craster via Alnmouth Bay.
We met so many friendly people. Indeed, we were recommended to a restaurant in Amble and ended up sharing a car on the way back. We met others who were walking the NCP who after a couple of days we recognised and always had a chat. We stayed on in Berwick at the end of our walk and met a group of 4 people who we had chatted to on the walk who had also extended their holiday.
North of Craster we enjoyed the walk towards Dunstanburgh castle followed by the sandy Embleton Bay to the small fishing village of Low Newton - by the- sea. We stopped for refreshments at Beadnell before heading for Seahouses.
The following day was a lovely sunny day as we headed along the sands to Bamburgh where we had a wander in the village. The climb out of Bamburgh towards Budle Point was superb with terrific views across the estuary with its many colours.
After passing through Waren Mill we had the excitement of phoning the signalman to get permission to cross the main East Coast railway line at Belford burn before heading for the beautiful village of Belford where we had tea in the friendly Well House cafe.
Another sunny day followed as we headed towards Beal. We detoured to visit St Cuthbert’s Cave and enjoyed the inland scenery of this part of the walk, especially through the storm-damaged woods above Fenwick.
From Beal, we did the walk onto Holy Island. Unfortunately, the weather was wet and windy until later in the day but this did not stop us from walking the Pilgrim route barefoot! We had a great day on the Island enjoying the tranquility once the day tourists had returned before the tide came in. We would recommend this as an additional day.
So to the final day walking to Berwick via Goswick and Spittal. Goswick Golf club was a welcoming refreshment stop. Very friendly and happy to make a sandwich. We enjoyed the walk via Tweedmouth and across the Bridge into Berwick where we headed for the railway station to sadly conclude our walk.
We had a great 7 days.
Thank you very much to Jackie, Katherine, and the team at Shepherds Walks.
Keith and Olive