This beautiful 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.
The route is clearly way marked throughout its length. This ‘highlights’ holiday takes in the best sections of both the coastal route and inland pat of St Oswald’s Way.
From Belford you will follow the stunning Northumberland coast down to Warkworth, before heading inland across beautiful countryside to Rothbury.
By walking the 'highlights' of St Oswald's way we have kept the mileage down to a distance so you also have plenty of time to explore some of the historic sites on route.
Day 1 - Arrive Rothbury Day 2 - Holy Island to Belford - 12m (19km) Day 3 - Belford to Seahouses - 11m (18km) Day 4 - Seahouses to Craster - 10m (16km) Day 5 - Craster to Warkworth - 13m (21km) Day 6 - Warkworth to Weldon Bridge - 12m (19km) Day 7 - Weldon Bridge to Rothbury - 6m (10km)
Day : 1 - Arrival by train or car
If arriving by train your first night will be in Rothbury. 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.
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 Belford where there are a number of establishments to eat in and share your stories of the first days walking.
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 just a short way south of the picturesque village of Craster.
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 (10km)
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.
You then reach Rothbury where you will have plenty of time to explore this pretty Market Town before making your way home after a wonderful walk. If you arrived by train, we can arrange to meet you in Rothbury and transfer you to Alnmouth train station.
If you still want to walk why not climb up over the iconic Simonside Hills where you can look back over to the coast from it's fantastic viewpoint? This wonderful 7 mile circular walk would be the icing on the cake and we will provide you with additional route notes and map, just let us know at the time of booking.
If you would like to spend an extra night in Rothbury, please let us know as soon as possible and we would be more than happy to arrange this for you.
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 telephone numbers. (C) Luggage transfers between accommodation. (D) Meet and greet by Shepherds Walk representative at the beginning and end of trip. (E) Transfer to Holy Island at the beginning of your trip (including luggage transfer). (F) 24 hour emergency back-up service.
WHAT THE PRICE EXCLUDES
(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers (B) Personal clothing and equipment. (C) Insurance (D) Lunch and Evening meals. (E) Single room option (if required, see single supplement). (F) Pick up and drop off at airports.
The Shepherds Walks Representative will :
A) Meet you on your first evening / morning at your accommodation. B) Provide you with maps and talk you through the route for the trip. C) Provide you with information relating to events in the area during your time there. D) Arrange the transportation of your luggage. E) Be available should you have any problems during your trip F) Meet you on departure day to 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.
What walking equipment will I need for this trip?
Good quality walking boots/shoes will be needed for the trip and given the normal weather conditions, appropriate outdoor clothing including waterproofs are recommended. More details will be provided in your pre-departure dossier.
Where do we eat at lunchtime and in the evenings?
We give you a set of 'trip notes' for your holiday (that we have compiled) listing all the places to eat on route, places to buy food, banks, toilets and places to visit on route.
As we also do guided trips throughout the year we can keep this info up to date.
We appreciate food is an important part of your holiday so we have worked hard to make sure you eat well at lunchtime and every evening.
What type of accommodation will we be staying in - self guided trip
The accommodation on the tours are in Inns, family-run hotels, and Bed and Breakfasts. We endeavour to provide en-suite accommodation.
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. You will also receive hard copies at the Meet and Greet with your Shepherds Walks Holidays representative with exception of the Dales Way, Cumbria Way, Cleveland Way and Isle of Man self-guided for these holidays you will receive your pack by post.
What is a Double, Twin and Single room?
Double – One double bed for two people.
Twin – Two single beds each for one person.
Single – A room with a single bed in.
I see I get 15% off any purchases at Cotswold Outdoor, how and where can I use this?
Shepherds Walks Holidays have negotiated this special discount for you to use.
Four weeks before your departure, when you receive all your holiday info you will also receive full information about how to get 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.
This you can use In-store, Online, Click & Collect and Mail Order.