St Oswald was King of Northumbria in the early 7th century and played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.
The St Oswald's Way links three important sites associated with the Northumbrian King and Saint, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne where he established the monastery that became the ‘cradle of Christianity in England’; Bamburgh which was his royal capital; and Heavenfield where he camped before winning the famous battle that made him King.
Opened in 2006, St Oswald's Way is a 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.
The route is well way-marked with the St Oswald's Way logo. You will need to be a regular walker with a reasonable level of fitness.
A wonderful and diverse long distance path, the history and stunning landscapes are second to none.
Shepherds Walks Holidays offer a self-guided St Oswald's Way walking holidays over the entire length of this long distance trail, please take a look at what we have on offer.