The best of Northumberland and the Borders – a taste St Cuthberts Way and the Northumberland Coastal 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.
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/18 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
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) Meet and greet by a Shepherds Walks representative at the beginning of trip.
(E) Transfer to Morebattle 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.
(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
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!