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St Oswalds Way - Self Guided - 10 days

at a glance

Day 1 Arrival by train or car - Overnight stay
Day 2 Lindisfarne (Holy Island) to Belford - 12 miles (19 kilometres)
Day 3 Belford to Seahouses - 11 miles (18 kilometres)
Day 4 Seahouses to Craster - 10 miles (16 kilometres)
Day 5 Craster to Warkworth - 13 miles (21 kilometres)
Day 6 Warkworth to Weldon Bridge - 12 miles (19 kilometres)
Day 7 Weldon Bridge to Rothbury - 6 miles (10 kilometres)
Day 8 Rothbury to Kirkwhelpington - 15 miles (24 kilometres)
Day 9 Kirkwhelpington to Nr Great Whittington - 13 miles (24 kilometres)
Day 10 Nr Great Whittington to Heavenfield - 5 miles (8 kilometres)
  • Grade: Grade 2


  • Total Distance - 97 miles
  • Place to Place
  • Map provided
  • 9 Nights B&B (Twin Share Basis)
  • Available to solo walkers
  • Transfers on day 2 and day 10
  • Baggage transfers
  • Emergency back up
  • Loan GPS for trip
  • Trip is dog friendly

Holiday Options

  • Single room supplement - £360.00
  • Take your dog - £90.00
  • Take a bag for a dog - £73.00
  • Pick up from airport (Newcastle) - £80.00
  • Solo walker supplement - £479 (price includes single room supplement) please call to book
  • GPS rental - £25.00

St Oswalds Way - Self Guided

This beautiful self guided walk combines some of the best walking Northumberland has to offer on a route that links places associated with St. Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early 7th Century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to the United Kingdom.

Opened in 2006, St Oswald's Way is a wonderful 97 mile long distance walking route exploring some of the finest stretches of the Northumberland coastline and upland landscapes. From the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the North, St. Oswald's Way follows the coast as far south as Warkworth before heading inland along the Coquet valley to Rothbury, finally ending at Heavenfield on Hadrian's Wall.

During the walk you will pass castles perched on rocky promontories, quaint fishing villages, beautiful sandy bays, rugged coastline, islands, scenic river valleys, heather clad moorland and hills, attractive villages, forest and farmland.
For those looking to explore this beautiful countryside at your own pace we offer this self guided option.

Quality self-guided walking holiday along the full length of St Oswald's Way. On this self guided trip you choose the start date and we do the rest and put together a walk for you to remember.


Day 1 - Arrival
Day 2 - Holy Island to Belford - 12 m (19km)
Day 3 - Belford to Seahouses - 11 m (18km)
Day 4 - Seahouses to Craster - 10 m (16km)
Day 5 - Craster to Warkworth - 13 m (21km)
Day 6 - Warkworth to Weldon Bridge - 12 m (19km)
Day 7 - Weldon Bridge to Rothbury - 6 m (10km)
Day 8 - Rothbury to Kirkwhelpington - 15 m (24km)
Day 9 - Kirkwhelpington to Great Whittington - 13 m (24km)
Day 10 - Great Whittington to Heavenfield - 5 m (8km)



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Day 1 Arrival by train or car - Overnight stay

If arriving by train your first night will be in Berwick upon Tweed. Parking is extremely limited in Berwick so if arriving by car your accommodation will be in Rothbury, where it will be possible to leave your car for the duration of the holiday, for free.

Day 2 Lindisfarne (Holy Island) to Belford - 12 miles (19 kilometres)

After breakfast we transfer you to Holy Island. As the crossing is tidal to Holy Island we need to check crossing times prior to confirming dates.
You start from Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island and cross the causeway to the mainland. From here you share the route of St Cuthbert’s Way for 9 miles and then continue to follow the coast path to Belford.
You will stay the night in the Belford area.  

Day 3 Belford to Seahouses - 11 miles (18 kilometres)

From Belford you head east past Budle Bay and rejoin the coast near Bamburgh. Bamburgh was the site of King Oswald’s royal seat. It is now dominated by one of Northumberland’s most familiar landmarks, the magnificent Bamburgh Castle. From here you head towards the popular seaside village of Seahouses, where boat trips to the nearby Farne Islands can be taken (not included in the trip cost). The accommodation at the end of this day will be in Seahouses.

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

The route continues southwards past Beadnell and Beadnell Bay to Low Newton-by-the-Sea and Embleton Bay. When the tide allows, it is possible to walk on the beach as an alternative at various points on this section. After this, St Oswald’s Way passes the romantic ruins of another famous Northumbrian castle, Dunstanburgh, before arriving at the fishing village of Craster. 

The accommodation this night is located in the Craster area.

Day 5 Craster to Warkworth - 13 miles (21 kilometres)

From the picturesque village of Craster, famous for its oak smoked kippers, your walk continues southwards down the coast. It passes the site of Northumberland’s earliest Stone Age settlement at Howick, before arriving at the village of Boulmer, with the nearby Royal Air Force base.

As you head towards Alnmouth, the beautiful beach can be used as an alternative to the path on the shore, which passes two golf courses, including one of the oldest in England. After heading through the peaceful seaside resort of Alnmouth, the route passes around the Aln Estuary before using paths through the coastal dunes with splendid views of Amble and Coquet Island. St. Oswald’s Way then meets the River Coquet for the first time at the historic village of Warkworth where you will be spending the night.

Day 6 Warkworth to Weldon Bridge - 12 miles (19 kilometres)

Warkworth is a beautiful village set in a meander of the River Coquet beneath the imposing castle. From here, St. Oswald’s Way wanders up the scenic Coquet valley. It passes through the village of Felton then through woodland and along riverside paths to Weldon Bridge where you will be staying this night.

Day 7 Weldon Bridge to Rothbury - 6 miles (10 kilometres)

The route then stays on the southern side of the Coquet, glimpsing the historic Brinkburn Priory on the other side of the river, through attractive rolling farmland to reach Rothbury, “the Capital of Coquetdale”, set in superb Northumberland scenery.
After this short day's walking it gives you plenty of time to explore the wonderful market town of Rothbury. If you wish you can visit Cragside House, which is currently owned by the National Trust. Described as 'The palace of a modern magician' - inventor Lord Armstrong and Victorian England's most technologically advanced mansion.
This night you will be staying in Rothbury.

Day 8 Rothbury to Kirkwhelpington - 15 miles (24 kilometres)

The picturesque and ancient village of Rothbury is set in the Coquet valley and surrounded by hills. The trail leaves the River Coquet here and heads southwards again, this time over remote but appealing country. The route enters Northumberland National Park and passes the remains of an Iron Age hill fort and rock carvings at Lordenshaws.

The heather-clad moors of the Simonside Hills are crossed before reaching Harwood Forest, a large plantation managed by the Forestry Commission. The route then crosses attractive farmland to reach the settlement of Kirkwhelpington.

As there is no accommodation in Kirkwhelpington, there will be a short transfer this evening.

Day 9 Kirkwhelpington to Nr Great Whittington - 13 miles (24 kilometres)

You will be transferred back to Kirkwhelpington this morning.

This section of St. Oswald’s Way starts at Kirkwhelpington before it passes down to the attractive village of Kirkwhelpington and runs southwards through picturesque rolling farmland. This area is fairly remote and includes interesting small settlements such as Great Bavington and Hallington before reaching the village of Great Whittington.
From Great Whittingham you will have a nights accommodation in one of its neighbouring villages.

Day 10 Nr Great Whittington to Heavenfield - 5 miles (8 kilometres)

After a short distance back to where you left the route you walk south of Great Whittington to where the route joins Hadrian’s Wall Path and runs westwards along the famous Roman frontier to the historic site of Heavenfield, the end of St. Oswald’s Way.
You will then be transferred from Heavenfield to the Newcastle Central Station, Rothbury or Newcastle Airport (See supplement price).

Alternatively we can add an extra night stay for you in Newcastle upon Tyne or Rothbury.


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


(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.


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!

Where will we get our lunch from on the days we are walking?

We will go through all this at the start of your holiday during the 'meet and greet' but rest assured you will also be getting an info pack with places you can stop at each day for lunches.

If there is no places to stop at on any particular day we reccomend you speak to your accomodation provider and they will make you a packed lunch.

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.

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.

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.

Really enjoyed exploring a part of the UK that is largely unfamiliar to us.

Tuesday 18th July 2017 C Moore

Really good! Received all the information re route, accommodation and services along the way in good time. All the pick-ups happened exactly as arranged and Peter was waiting for us at Heavenfield, so no worries there. Jon gave us thorough info re the walk and how to use the gps.

Great holiday, thanks very much

Monday 7th September 2015 Karen J

Thanks for all your extra work in planning our walking holiday along St Oswald's Way.

We had a great time and you even aranged some good weather! It was great to meet Jon at the start of our holiday and the info he gave us made our holiday.

Thanks and we look forward to walking with you again.

Support from Shepherds Walks was excellent.

Saturday 8th August 2015 David and Sarah W

'St Oswald's Way provides an interesting variety: coast path, riverside walking, a short stretch of moorland and even tidal mudflats on the first day. Most walks are very picturesque and not particularly demanding. We liked the fact that the distances are not too great so we had plenty of time to visit local sites along the way such as the wonderful castles. We took a boat trip to the Farne Islands to see seals, puffins and other seabirds. St Oswald's Way finishes at Heavenfield on Hadrian's Wall and we added on a couple of extra days walking by the Wall and visiting Roman forts. 

All in all we had a lovely holiday and the organisation and support from Shepherds Walks was excellent.


Wonderful time

Wednesday 22nd July 2015 Rebecca S, California

Shepherds Walks provides outstanding personalized service and solid value for those seeking walking vacations. I highly recommend booking walking trips through this great little company. My daughter and I walked St. Oswald's Way in the summer of 2015. Jon Monks helped us out of a couple of binds -- each time with humor and graciousness. We made use of GPS units he loaned us and programmed for the route -- a real life saver for directionally challenged people like us. The accommodations booked for us were uniformly excellent. We hope to arrange our next walking vacation through Jon and his great team. I recommend Shepherds Walks without hesitation. A wonderful find!

St Oswalds Way - Self Guided - 10 days photo's

Really good! Received all the information re route, accommodation and services along the way in good time. All the pick-ups happened exactly as arranged and Peter was waiting for us at Heavenfield, so no worries there. Jon gave us thorough info re the walk and how to use the gps.

18th Jul 2017 - C Moore

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