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Taste of St Cuthbert’s Way and Coastal Path

at a glance


Day 1 Arrive Alnmouth - Overnight stay
Day 2 Morebattle to Kirk Yetholm - 6.5 miles (10 kilometres)
Day 3 Kirk Yetholm to Wooler - 13 Miles (21 kilometres)
Day 4 Wooler to Belford - 11 miles (17.5 kilometres)
Day 5 Belford to Seahouses - 11 miles (17.5 kilometres)
Day 6 Seahouses to Embleton - 8 miles (13 kilometres)
Day 7 Embleton to Alnmouth - 11 miles (18 kilometres)
  • Grade: Grade 2

Standard Package Includes:

  • Total Distance - 60.5 miles / 97km
  • Holiday start date between 1st April and 30th September
  • Harvey Maps
  • 6 Nights B & B En-suite Room Basis
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Transfer to the start of your walk
  • Emergency telephone support
  • Holiday Information Pack

Holiday Options:

  • Solo Walker supplement - £439 (price includes single room supplement) please call to book
  • Single room supplement - £300
  • Transfer from Alnmouth station to Alnmouth Village - £25 (Each Way)
  • Transfer from Newcastle Airport to Alnmouth - £95 (Each Way)
  • Additional Night in Alnmouth - £150 Room Rate
  • Take your dog - £60
  • Take a bag for a dog - £57
  • GPS rental - £60

The best of Northumberland and the Borders – A taste St Cuthberts Way and the Northumberland Coast Path

On this holiday you walk through two very different landscapes.

You start off walking the best section of St Cuthbert’s Way.

This truly is a fantastic trail, starting in Kirk Yetholm passing from Scotland into England through some very varied landscapes full of historical interest and natural beauty from beautiful small border villages and historic towns to the rugged splendour of the Cheviot hills. You are treated to some of the best walking in Britain as you climb up over the Border ridge and drop down into England.

Although waymarked throughout with the St Cuthbert's Cross symbol, a reasonable level of fitness and navigational skill is needed especially in poor weather conditions.

Just after passing St Cuthbert’s Cave you join the Northumberland Coast Path. 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.

The route along the coast is generally level with very few steep climbs and is clearly signposted from roads and way-marked throughout. Most stiles have been replaced with gates and the walking surfaces are generally good, although some sections of the path can become muddy during wet weather. There are many opportunities to walk on the beach rather than on the way-marked trail if preferred and as it passes through a number of golf courses, watch out for low flying golf balls.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Alnmouth
Day 2 – Morebattle – Kirk Yetholm – 6.5 miles (10 km)
Day 3 – Kirk Yetholm – Wooler – 13 Miles (21 km)
Day 4 – Wooler - Belford – 11 miles (17.5 km)
Day 5 – Belford to Seahouses – 11 miles (17.5 km)
Day 6 – Seahouses to Embleton – 8 miles (13 km)
Day 7 – Embleton – Alnmouth – 11 miles (18 km) 

This is a dog friendly holiday!

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Day 1 Arrive Alnmouth - Overnight stay

Your arrival day into the region, ready for your holiday.

Arrive by car you can go directly to Alnmouth, where you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday (on street parking only and limited).

Arrive by train or air, we can collect you and take you to Alnmouth, for your first nights’ accommodation (See supplements).

The choice is yours!


Day 2 Morebattle to Kirk Yetholm - 6.5 miles (10 kilometres)

Today we will pick you up from Alnmouth and transfer you to Morebattle.

You will start your walk from Morebattle, which will take-in the highest point of St Cuthbert’s Way, Wideopen Hill, which is also the half-way point of the walk. From this point you will be able to take in the stunning views of the Cheviot’s to the South and Kirk Yetholm Lock in Scottish borders to the North.

In the evening you will be staying in or near the village of Kirk Yetholm, which is about 1 mile from the English border.


Day 3 Kirk Yetholm to Wooler - 13 Miles (21 kilometres)

Today you will climb up over the Cheviots, passing over the English/Scottish border before down into Hethpool, in the College Valley. Nestled in the Cheviot Hills, this secluded and peaceful spot is one of the most tranquil yet dramatic valleys in Northumberland National Park.

From Hethpool you head out to Wooler, which is where you will be spending the night.

This stone-built town is located on the edge of Northumberland National Park. Wooler is at the foot of the Cheviot Hills, and was known for its wool from its Cheviot sheep, which were farmed locally. This small town has a reputation for friendliness, making it a great place to stop for the night.


Day 4 Wooler to Belford - 11 miles (17.5 kilometres)

On today’s walk you will reach St Cuthbert's Cave, a large sandstone outcrop where the saint's body is said to have rested after leaving Holy Island in 875AD when Vikings attacked Lindisfarne, forcing the monks to flee. From the cave, you can see splendid views of the Cheviot Hills and the Northumberland coastline.

A superb section of the walk.

 


Day 5 Belford to Seahouses - 11 miles (17.5 kilometres)

After leaving Belford you will head back towards the coast with fantastic views of the Farne Islands, Bamburgh Castle and Budle Bay.

Seahouses has a good range of shops, pubs and cafes as well as the famous fish and chip restaurants. There has been a harbour here since 1318 although the fishing boats are now outnumbered by tour boats taking visitors to the Farne Islands.


Day 6 Seahouses to Embleton - 8 miles (13 kilometres)

Rejoining the cliff top path, you will shortly arrive at the great expanse of beach Beadnell bay with its distinctive 17th century limekilns marking the entrance to the village.

Beadnell has the only west facing harbour on the east coast of England - not a lot of people know that! Once a haunt of smugglers, in 1762 customs officers at Beadnell seized 2,700 gallons of brandy, over 1,000 gallons of wine, and 400 gallons of rum and gin from Scottish smugglers.

Passing the sweeping white sands of Low-Newton-by-the-Sea you will arrive at Embelton Bay.


Day 7 Embleton to Alnmouth - 11 miles (18 kilometres)

The coastline along here is quite simply breath-taking, so you need to make sure you leave yourself plenty of time for photographs! Leaving the village of Embleton and heading back towards the sands of Embleton Bay you will head towards the mighty silhouette of the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle which was built at a time of political upheaval and Anglo-Scottish conflict.

After passing Dunstanburgh Castle you will reach the bustling fishing village of Craster famous for its smoke houses where herrings are smoked to produce Craster kippers, a renowned Northumbrian export. Continuing past the dramatic rocky outcrop of Whin sill at Cullernose Point and Sugar Sands.

This part of the route takes you through the small fishing village of Boulmer which is one of the few true fishing villages left in Northumberland. It was the haunt of smugglers during the 18th and early 19th centuries and smugglers came from all our Northumberland and the Scottish borders to deal in illicit goods. Now Boulmer is best known for its RAF base providing Search and Rescue and Mountain Rescue cover for northern England and southern Scotland.

Arrive back into Alnmouth to collect your car or if you have pre arranged to be transferred back to Alnmouth train station or Newcastle Airport (see supplements), we will be ready and waiting to meet 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 contact numbers.
(C) Luggage transfers between accommodation.
(D) Transfer to Morebattle at the beginning of your trip (including luggage transfer).
(E) 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) Car parking costs for the duration of your holiday
(C) Insurance
(D) Lunch and Evening meals.
(E) Single room option (if required, see single supplement)
(F) Pick up and drop off at airports.
(G) Personal clothing and equipment.

 

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.


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.


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, giving you plenty of time to go through all of the information before your departure.

We don't release any information earlier than this just in case there are last minute changes to accommodation reservations, transfer arrangements. 

Once we receive your full payment and 4 weeks prior to your holiday departure date, we will e-mail you all of your holiday details in your holiday pack. This has details of where you will be staying, your transfer details, places to eat, shops, cafes and restaurants en-route. Plus information on public transport services and taxis along your chosen route and places of interest you could visit too. 

A hard copy of your holiday pack will be posted to you a few days later, including your map and luggage labels, so no need to print anything out.

Anything you are not sure about, we are only a phone call or email away! 


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 highly recommended, especially with cover to include Covid 19. 

If you have not organised appropriate insurance yet, please do so before you travel. 

If you have to cancel your holiday due to ill health we can issue you with a receipt for any monies paid so you can make a claim. 


What dates of the year can I book my holiday on?

You can book your holiday any time between 1st April and the end of September. 

Some trails may have certain other times where we are unable to deliver a holiday to you because there may be a local event on in the area. For example, Isle of Man TT Races at the end of May, early June prevents any holidays at that time of year. 

We will pre-warn you of such times in the holiday details section if we are aware of such events. 

When you book your holiday with us, we will always confirm your booking by email. If you prefer to check on availability, you can always give us a call. 

 


Taste of St Cuthbert's Way and the Coastal Path

Saturday 12th August 2023 Paul Armitage

A well-organised trip with efficient bag courier and in general good accommodation.

A very varied walk with hilly bits and coastal bits.

When there was a minor issue with the booking at Seahouses - quick action from SW personnel - resolved the issue and this was a good plus for SW.

We think SW should consider sourcing a place to park a car in Alnmouth albeit we agree that closeness to train station helps mitigate. At Belford - having known the taxi phone no on arrival would have simplified the pick up - we had to google the taxi number.

We were of the view that the accommodation in Embleton was not of the same standard as the rest of the walk - as contact was difficult and clearly some significant changes have happened at the pub.

We would suggest leaving Alnmouth earlier on the first morning and extending day 1 walk.

We booked all dinners in advance - this was important as some of the places we went to were not taking 'walk ins'.

We would note that the coastal path from Warren Mill to Bamburgh Castle GC has changed route and is quite different to both the OS map and the Guide maps - nonetheless, the signposts going West to East were still easy to follow. Overall - a really well researched route and a lovely 6 days of walking.


Taste of Cuthbert's Way and Coastal Path

Friday 23rd June 2023 Annette Chilton

I really liked the mix of rolling Cheviot hills and coastal paths.

The brochure gave lots of useful information and staff very friendly and helpful.

The accommodation was excellent, beautiful locations, apart from the last one. The bags were left in an open porch with no one to greet us.

The food was not fresh and poorly presented, not as described in the brochure.
The taxi services and transfers were punctual and helpful.

I recommend Shepherds holidays, and particularly this new route which takes in country and coast.

It is not too hard for new walkers and well signed.


Hadrians Wall and St Oswalds Way 17th July 2022

Saturday 30th July 2022 Geoff Hartley

This was our second long distance walk with Sherpherds walks and again both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Everything was taken care of including the pick ups and drop offs at the agreed arranged time. The accommodations were all first class, with a special mention to Brookside Villa at Gilsland, for the personal touch of a cold bottle of water when picked up during the hottest day of the year. Also it was very reassuring to be informed by the host at Brookside that if there were any mishaps before reaching our next destination then do not hesitate to call. Superb time and experience and some live music at Rothbury to end our holiday , thanks to all at SW.


A perfect week's walking (aside from a blister or two)

Thursday 17th June 2021 Charlotte & Bill

We have used Shepherds Walks for walking holidays a few times now and have enjoyed each of them immensely. Each holiday had its own highlights and we have always received an excellent service from Shepherds Walks. The Taste of Two Trails edged it for us as the standout, on account of the variety of stunning upland / coastal scenery, quality of accommodation, and the extra touches included such as the courier arrangements, extra night&039;s stay at the end of the holiday, and transfers to and from the station. Luckily for us we had perfect walking weather: 20 degrees and incredible clear skies affording stunning views as we made our way from the Borders over to the coast. Thanks to Jackie and all the team at Shepherds Walks for working so hard to ensure everything went smoothly for us (especially with some Covid restrictions still in place) so that the only effort required on our part was to do the actual walking and enjoy a hearty meal with a pint or two at the end of the day. Although we did these trails in June, enjoying warm weather and wonderful light evenings, I would recommend it at any time. A final recommendation, time permitting, is to take a boat trip from Seahouses round the Farne islands to see the puffins and guillemots - a good excuse to rest your feet for a couple of hours after a day's walking as much as an opportunity to see the wildlife.


Taste of St Cuthbert’s Way and Coastal Path photo's

A well-organised trip with efficient bag courier and in general good accommodation.

A very varied walk with hilly bits and coastal bits.

When there was a minor issue with the booking at Seahouses - quick action from SW personnel - resolved the issue and this was a good plus for SW.

We think SW should consider sourcing a place to park a car in Alnmouth albeit we agree that closeness to train station helps mitigate. At Belford - having known the taxi phone no on arrival would have simplified the pick up - we had to google the taxi number.

We were of the view that the accommodation in Embleton was not of the same standard as the rest of the walk - as contact was difficult and clearly some significant changes have happened at the pub.

We would suggest leaving Alnmouth earlier on the first morning and extending day 1 walk.

We booked all dinners in advance - this was important as some of the places we went to were not taking 'walk ins'.

We would note that the coastal path from Warren Mill to Bamburgh Castle GC has changed route and is quite different to both the OS map and the Guide maps - nonetheless, the signposts going West to East were still easy to follow. Overall - a really well researched route and a lovely 6 days of walking.

12th Aug 2023 - Paul Armitage

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