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Northumberland Coast Path - Self Guided

at a glance


Day 1 Arrive into Warkworth - Overnight stay
Day 2 Cresswell to Warkworth - 10 miles (17 kilometres)
Day 3 Warkworth to Craster - 13 miles (21 kilometres)
Day 4 Craster to Seahouses - 10 miles (16 kilometres)
Day 5 Seahouses to Belford - 10 miles (17 kilometres)
Day 6 Belford to Fenwick - 6 miles (11 kilometres)
Day 7 Fenwick to Berwick upon Tweed - 12 miles (19 kilometres)
  • Grade: Grade 2
  • Total Distance - 63 miles
  • Self Guided
  • Place to Place
  • Maps provided
  • 6 Nights B&B (Twin Room Basis)
  • Available to solo walkers
  • Loan GPS for trip
  • Trip dog friendly
  • Emergency support
  • Loan of GPS for holiday
  • Baggage transfers
  • Transfer day 2
  • Transfer back to start for car collection, if required

Holiday Options

  • Single room supplement - £240.00
  • Take your dog - £60.00
  • Take a bag for a dog - £42.00
  • Pick up from train (Alnmouth) - £25.00
  • Pick up from airport - £60.00
  • Solo Walker supplement - £375 (price includes single room supplement) please call to book
  • GPS rental - £25.00

Northumberland Coast Path - Self Guided

The Northumberland coast is best known for its sweeping sandy beaches, rolling dunes, high rocky cliffs and isolated islands. The special qualities of this coastal landscape led it to being designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1958 recognising that the Northumberland coast is one of the finest landscapes in the country.

This 64 miles walk takes in probably one of the finest sections of coastline in England. Part of the 'North Sea Trail' you will follow the Northumberland Coast Path from Cresswell in the South to Berwick upon Tweed in the North.

The route follows the coast in most places with an inland detour between Belford and Holy Island. Most of the route is on footpaths and bridleways but in some places beaches, minor roads and permissive paths are used.

The route is generally level with very few steep climbs and makes for a superb walking holiday in Northumberland.

Self-guided Walking Holiday along the Northumberland Coast Path From Cresswell to Berwick-upon-Tweed over 7 days giving you plenty of time to explore some of the sights on route.

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive Warkworth
Day 2 - Cresswell to Warkworth - 10.5m (17km)
Day 3 - Warkworth to Craster - 13m (21km)
Day 4 - Craster to Seahouses - 10m (16km)
Day 5 - Seahouses to Belford - 10.5m (17km)
Day 6 - Belford to Fenwick - 6.5m (11km)
Day 7 - Fenwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed - 12m (19km)

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Day 1 Arrive into Warkworth - Overnight stay

You will arrive either via train into Alnmouth or by car into Warkworth and stay the first night in Warkworth.


Day 2 Cresswell to Warkworth - 10 miles (17 kilometres)

You will be picked up from Warkworth and taken up to Cresswell to start your walking. This superb section follows the eight miles of sandy bay of Druridge Bay and its string of nature reserves.

Your walk will take you through the fishing port of Amble, Coquet Estuary and the historic village of Warkworth. There is a considerable amount of beach walking and the rest is on good paths.

You will be staying in the region of Warkworth for your second nights stay.


Day 3 Warkworth to Craster - 13 miles (21 kilometres)

You will walk along this impressive section taking in Buston Links, the fishing villages of Alnmouth, Boulmer and Craster with bays of golden sand punctuated by rocky headlands along the way.

You will be staying in the region of Craster for your third night.


Day 4 Craster to Seahouses - 10 miles (16 kilometres)

Today you will walk from Craster along to Seahouses passing the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, Low Newton by the sea and the wide sweeping bays of Embleton and Beadnell.


Day 5 Seahouses to Belford - 10 miles (17 kilometres)

After a hearty breakfast you will be ready for another great section along the Northumberland coast. This time from Seahouses to Belford.

This section offers fantastic views of the Farne Islands, Bamburgh Casle and Budle Bay. You will pass a wide range of habitats along the way including farmland, whin grassland and woodland before reaching Belford, where you will spend the night.


Day 6 Belford to Fenwick - 6 miles (11 kilometres)

Today is the shortest day's walking and is the inland section of the coast path, however it offers magnificent views of Holy Island, Bamburgh and the Farne Islands.

We will make a short detour to St Cuthbert's Cave and this section involves a couple of steady climbs on good paths. Upon reaching Fenwick you will have just a short walk to your accommodation.


Day 7 Fenwick to Berwick upon Tweed - 12 miles (19 kilometres)

For your final days walking you will follow the coastal path along the wide open flats of Fenham, Holy Island and the cast Goswick Sands. Then the scenery changes completely after Cocklawburn as you walk along the cliff top path before dropping into the historic town of Berwick upon Tweed.

At the end of the days walking it is just a short walk to Berwick upon Tweed railway station, or if you arrived by car we will arrange to transfer you back to your car.

If you chose to stay an extra night you can arrive at your accommodation and relax! 

 

 


WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES

(A) Bed and Breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis).
(B) Route map and instructions specific to your trip, including emergency contact numbers.
(C) Luggage transfers between accommodation.
(D) Transfer to Cresswell at the beginning of your trip (including luggage transfer).
(E) End transfer from Berwick to Warkworth as necessary.
(F) Emergency back-up service from Shepherds Walks Holidays mobile telephone number.

WHAT THE PRICE EXCLUDES

(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers
(B) Cost of parking your car for the duration of your trip
(C) Personal clothing and equipment.
(D) Insurance
(E) Lunch and Evening meals.
(F) Single room option (if required, see single supplement).
(G) Pick up and drop off at airports.
(H) Other entrance fees into attractions and public transport costs not mentioned above.

STAFF

The Shepherds Walks Representative will:

A) Be available should you have any problems during your trip
B) Arrange the transportation of your luggage.
C) Provide transfers as necessary to your car / station if specified in your booking or itinerary.

We are here to offer you the best holiday you could ever imagine and we aim to do this through the personal service that we offer.

Make your holiday run smoothly – We are here for you. Our sole objective is for us to help you. We are here at any stage of your holiday and even in the planning stages. We tailor things to your requirements, not those of the masses.

We don’t cut corners - We want to see you again and want you to speak highly of Shepherds Walks Holidays. This is why we are literally willing to go that extra mile. The information you receive at every stage will be clear and leave you asking no questions.

We have personally walked all the trips we offer - We know exactly what you are going to embark on and can advise you on any aspects of your holiday over and well above what many of our competitors can.

Press choose to walk with us – Shepherds Walks Holidays are asked to deliver a very high percentage of the trips for journalists in the region. When the Tourist Boards are approached by a journalist wanting to visit the area who do they ask to provide their holiday or take them out walking? Shepherds Walks.

We have had press trips on all our routes and the articles speak for themselves.

Protected Holiday - All our holidays are protected through the operation of a Trust Account.

We are close at hand if you need us – We are a local business and if you need us at any time during your holiday just ask. If you are on a self guided trip we often will catch up with you, even over a drink one evening, just to make sure everything is going well. It’s better to iron out any little problems during your holiday, rather than hearing about them when you are back at home.

We enjoy great relationships with your accommodation providers and they will help us to help you

As we are literally on the doorstep we know the best places to stay. Often we will have block booked the best accommodation the previous year. We want our customers to stay in the best possible accommodation. As we know the proprietors personally and we liaise with them regularly they will go that extra mile to help us to help you whilst out on your route.

That is why Shepherds Walks has won awards and has helped people relax and totally enjoy their visit to this wonderful part of the country. We are willing to go that extra mile!

Can I add an rest day into my walking holiday?

Yes you can at any point, just get in touch and we can discuss the best options for this trip.


Can I bring a dog with be on this trip?

Yes you can, this trip is dog friendly.


Do I need travel insurance?

If you are coming to the UK from overseas it is a condition of our tours that you are covered by medical and personal travel insurance that includes repatriation to your home country. If you are a UK resident medical and personal travel insurance is also recommended. If you have not organised appropriate insurance yet, please do so before you travel.


Do you provide maps and a guidebook of the trail?

Yes we do, we provide the Harvey Map for this route and also more detailed maps to guide you to your accommodation each night. You also will receive detailed trip notes that we have compiled which has everything you need in it to really help you make a great walk into a holiday of a lifetime.


Once I have booked when will I receive the final holiday info?

You will receive all your final walk info by email approximately four weeks prior to departure. A hard copy of your holiday pack will be posted to you the following day, including your map, giving you plenty of time to go through all of the information before your departure. Anything you are not sure about, we are only a phonecall or email away! 


What are the payment terms on the holiday and can I pay the holiday in instalments?

A deposit is due at the time of booking and the remainder is due 6 weeks before departure date, but don’t worry we will send you a reminder 2 weeks before this is due.

If you want to pay your holiday off in instalments that’s not a problem. Once you have booked you can log into your ‘members section’ at any time and see you holiday details including the amount still due. At any time (either online in the members section) or over the phone you can pay off any amount of our holiday and see the balance due reduce.

Many of our customers really like this control of being able to pay off an amount off their holiday every month.

The choice is yours.


What is a Double, Twin and Single room?

Room descriptions

Double – One double bed for two people.

Twin – Two single beds each for one person.

Single – A room with a single bed in.


Northumberland Coast Path

Sunday 19th June 2022 Susan Tresman

Wonderful Coastal scenery. Some of the sections were rather short but overall nice pace. At the hotels and guest houses the rooms were on the small side so I would not rate the accommodation particularly high. The customer service was excellent on the couple of occasions I needed to contact the company.


Northumberland Coastal Path

Thursday 19th May 2022 Jo Sullivan & Anne Goddard

After walking Hadrians Wall last year straight after lockdown with Shepherds walks Holidays (in the rain), we were looking forward to a beautiful coastal walk with them again.

We set off from Cresswell on the most beautiful deserted beach (it could do with a official place for photos etc rather than a car park). The sun was shining and stayed that way all day.

Our walk to Amble for a coffee and then to Warkworth was fabulous.

Day 2 Warkworth to Craster - again in glorious sun we visited the beautiful Alnmouth. Craster suits its name and is famous for Kippers!!

Day 3 Craster to Seahouses - overcast today with the threat of rain which never came.

Day 4 Seahouses to Belford - a lovely walk along the beach to Bamburgh castle, a quick visit, then a walk inland around Bugle Bay to Belford.

Day 5 Belford to Linsdisfarne Inn - a short walk today, which is a shame as we didn't get the chance to get to Holy island due to the tides.

Day 6 Lindisfarne Inn to Berwick on Tweed - another beautiful walk ending in a complete soaking in Berwick for the last couple of miles.

We thoroughly enjoyed this walk.. the views were breathtaking and it made 'our hearts sing' - corny I know!!


Easy walking

Wednesday 18th May 2022 Claire Scollan

Easy walking on well-marked paths, a couple of fallen trees in one section, but totally understandable after the recent storms. Thanks for providing such good weather!


What a lovely way to get to know Northumberland

Thursday 4th July 2019 Krystyna

Thank you for making it so easy for us to just follow and enjoy the Coastal Path. What a lovely way to make a new country feel like home!


Northumberland Coast path

Saturday 22nd June 2019 K Glinski

This walk really helped me feel at home in the North East! Thank you!!!


Fantastic Holiday

Saturday 29th July 2017 Sara &Stephen Kent

After a hearty breakfast, Jon collected us to start us off at Cresswell...scary that we were solo. It was a very wet soggy start. Weather did improve though and we had a couple of bright days as we made our way up the coast. Beautiful scenery , unspoilt beaches and saw much more on foot than by car. B& Bs were all fabulous apart from a little dull and dingy at Beal the last stay. Made the best of it though. Food along our trip was second to none and a very warm welcome at B& Bs. Walk was well planned, although we did find the book that I brought The Northumberland Coast Path Official Guide invaluable as it had written route instructions, we did refer to Shepherds Walk map too. Bag drops were perfect. Recommended places in our pack were all good. Advice to book was helpful and good to know as I did book ahead in a couple of places. Well done to all the team at Shepherds Walk, very well planned apart from " forgetting to collect us at the station on arrival at Almouth. Soon sorted very swiftly. Thank you againWe are sure to walk with you again.Xx


Beautiful coastline and great walking

Tuesday 25th July 2017 M Squires

Meet and Greet by Jon is a valued part of service, personal touch and  Jackie is organised, provides information, and great communication.


We particularly enjoyed staying at the B&Bs, which had very friendly and helpful owners.

Thursday 20th July 2017 S Carr

We stayed an extra night in Berwick, which was very enjoyable. You offer this as an option, but we would suggest this be strongly recommended. Finally, many thanks for a wonderful holiday; we will definitely use Shepherd Walks in the future.

 
 


Great holiday, thanks

Monday 31st October 2016 Helen B

Thank you for all your attention, and organising a great walking holiday for us - the first of many hopefully


Great holiday, thanks

Monday 31st October 2016 Helen B

Thank you for all your attention, and organising a great walking holiday for us - the first of many hopefully


Great walk and brought the dog

Tuesday 17th November 2015 Kathy Y

Thanks for planning our walk along the Northumberland Coastal Path for all thre of us (including the dog).

We had a great time and it all worked like clockwork.


Lovely short break

Tuesday 11th August 2015 Simon G

A stunning stretch of coastline and hada  great few days away.

It is an area we had seen lots on the TV so raelly glad to see it for ourselves.


Hearty Northumbrian breakfasts without too much guilt.

Friday 24th July 2015 Caroline M, london

"The four of us had a great holiday walking the Northumberland Coast Path in July 2015. Everything ran smoothly from the pick up at Alnmouth Station  to our last leisurely day in Berwick before catching the train home.  Our various hosts were very welcoming and the walking allowed us to tuck into hearty Northumbrian breakfasts without too much guilt.  Even the weather co-operated with mainly blue skies all week and near perfect walking conditions.  Despite the fine weather the beaches were virtually deserted and my abiding memory is of striding across firm golden sand under vast skies.  (Pictures to follow) We also enjoyed seeing the castles and my personal highlight was walking the pilgrim's route across to Holy Island with Lindisfarne Castle looming in the distance.  I hope to revisit to tackle Saint Cuthbert's Way  next time"


Beautiful countryside and stunning sea views

Thursday 16th July 2015 John and Enid P

The Northumberland Coastal Path is a lovely and easy walk, with no great hills to climb, but with beautiful countryside and stunning sea views. The accommodation was very good with friendly hosts, and was mostly very close to the trail. Walking across the East Coast Main Line was exciting, but using the yellow telephone to contact the signaller made it perfectly safe. We had one wet day, but our hosts dealt very efficiently with our wet clothes. All in all, a very enjoyable week.


Northumberland Coast Path - Self Guided photo's

Wonderful Coastal scenery. Some of the sections were rather short but overall nice pace. At the hotels and guest houses the rooms were on the small side so I would not rate the accommodation particularly high. The customer service was excellent on the couple of occasions I needed to contact the company.

19th Jun 2022 - Susan Tresman

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