Northumberland Coastal Path - North to South

A self-guided walking holiday along the fine coastal path of Northumberland and visiting the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
Northumberland Coastal Path Map

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We also offer these routes from South to North. For more information on walking these routes in the opposite direction, click here.

Northumberland's coast is famous for its wild, unspoilt beauty with long beaches of golden sand, quaint little fishing villages, spectacular castles perched on rocky headlands and abundant birdlife.Constantly fought over by the English and the Scots, Berwick-upon-Tweed changed hands no less than 14 times in 300 years - the massive curtain walls and gateways encircling the town are unique in Britain and are amongst the finest ramparts in Europe. From Berwick the trail meanders along beaches of golden sand to the tidal causeway linking Holy Island with the mainland. From here there is a choice of routes onto the island to explore the village, priory and castle – over the causeway or barefoot across the sands on the Pilgrim's Way, marked by a line of barnacle-encrusted poles. Holy Island has an illustrious history. It was here that St. Aidan founded a monastery that became a major centre of Christianity, learning and artistry, as exemplified by the Lindisfarne Gospels.

The monastery had sixteen bishops in all, the most celebrated being St Cuthbert, who travelled widely spreading the Gospel. After his death the island became a place of pilgrimage, until the monks abandoned the island in fear of marauding Vikings. Lindisfarne Castle was built in the 16th century to defend the island from Scottish raiders. It was restored and converted into a fairytale castle by Sir Edward Lutyens in 1903, with a charming walled garden planned by Gertrude Jekyll.

From Holy Island, the trail follows paths through field and forest to St Cuthbert’s Cave, found on a low ridge that provides glorious views of the coast. After exploring the cave, where the monks of Lindisfarne spent their first night after fleeing the Vikings, the trail descends through Belford to rejoin the coast at Bamburgh, a pretty village dominated by its vast castle dramatically poised on a huge crag rising out of the sea. The castle ramparts provide breathtaking views of the Farne Islands and along the miles of golden sand that lead to the spectacular ruin of Dunstanburgh Castle and the attractive fishing village of Craster. From Craster, the trail continues through the picturesque village of Alnmouth to the historic town of Warkworth, with its impressive castle and medieval fortified bridge.

NB: The causeway on to Holy Island can only be crossed during low tide. Before booking please check the Holy Island Safe Crossing Times here.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discovering the turbulent history of Northumberland as you walk between the fortified towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Warkworth.
  • Experiencing the tranquillity of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
  • Visiting the wonderful stretches of sandy beaches, impressive castles, pretty seaside villages and rocky headlands of Northumberland.

Northumberland Coastal Path - North to South

Berwick-upon-Tweed in the North to Warkworth in the South along the coastline of the North Sea.
Total Distance 61 miles (97.5 km)
Start and Finish Berwick-upon-Tweed to Warkworth
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Coastal path to Dunstanburgh Castle
Northumberland Coastal Path Dunstanburgh Castle
Lindisfarne Castle on Northumberland Coastal Path
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
NCCT0 5 nights, 4 days walking £425 per person More Information Book Online
NCCT1 6 nights, 5 days walking £510 per person More Information Book Online
NCCT2 7 nights, 6 days walking £590 per person More Information Book Online
NCCT3 9 nights, 8 days walking £760 per person More Information Book Online
NCCT4 10 nights, 9 days walking £845 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
Extra night (Holy Island)
£65 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
NCCT0-D 5 nights, 4 days walking £450 per person More Information Book Online
NCCT1-D 6 nights, 5 days walking £540 per person More Information Book Online
NCCT2-D 7 nights, 6 days walking £625 per person More Information Book Online
NCCT3-D 9 nights, 8 days walking £805 per person More Information Book Online
NCCT4-D 10 nights, 9 days walking £895 per person More Information Book Online
£8 per dog / walking day
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£65 per person / per night
Extra night (Holy Island)
£70 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Don’t have the time for the complete walk?

If you've only got two or three days to spare, the coast path between Bamburgh and Warkworth is a beautiful walk, with miles of golden sandy beaches, abundant birdlife, pretty fishing villages and three imposing castles.


Northumberland Coastal Path Taster Break - North to South

A short break from Bamburgh to Warkworth along the southern section of the Northumberland Coast Path.
Northumberland Coastal Path Map - Short Break

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Total Distance 26 miles (41.5 km)
Start and Finish Bamburgh to Warkworth
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The Northumberland Coastal Path Taster Break is a stunning taster of the beautiful Northumberland Coastline. It begins in Bamburgh and takes in spectacular coastal views and three impressive castles on its route to the fortified village of Warkworth.

Perched on an outcrop over the village, the imposing Bamburgh castle offers wonderful views of the coastline below and of the Farne Islands. The castle itself offers a wealth of interest, from its long and turbulent history to its intriguing myths, legends and chilling ghost stories.

Passing through the popular village of Seahouses, the trail continues southwards alongside the fields and rocky shoreline to the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, which stands imposingly on a remote headland. The charming fishing village of Craster offers views back towards the castle, while providing a wonderful rest stop from which to sample the village’s famous oak smoked kippers.

Finally, the trail approaches Warkworth, visiting Howick Hillfort and the lovely village of Alnmouth, before arriving in Warkworth, where Warkworth Castle rests above the River Coquet and provides a fine conclusion to this short break.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walking between some of the country's largest and most impressive fortresses, including Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Warkworth Castles.
  • Visiting the traditional seaside towns of Seahouses and Alnmouth.
  • Admiring spectacular coastal views over the Farne Islands.
Total Distance 26 miles (41.5 km)
Start and Finish Bamburgh to Warkworth
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Poppies and Warkworth Castle
Alnmouth boat on Northumberland Coastal Path
Northumberland Coastal Path Bamburgh Castle
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
NCCH1 3 nights, 2 days walking £265 per person More Information Book Online
NCCH2 4 nights, 3 days walking £350 per person More Information Book Online
NCCH3 5 nights, 4 days walking £435 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
NCCH1-D 3 nights, 2 days walking £280 per person More Information Book Online
NCCH2-D 4 nights, 3 days walking £370 per person More Information Book Online
NCCH3-D 5 nights, 4 days walking £460 per person More Information Book Online
£8 per dog / walking day
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£65 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Ms Fleming. Australia

We would highly recommend your tours and hope to do more walks in the future when we return to the UK.