Northumberland Coast Highlights

A short walking break along the scenic southern section of the Northumberland Coast Path.

3 to 5 nights
26 miles
Easy to Moderate / Demanding

From £275 per person

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About this route

This walk along the first half of the Northumberland Coast Path allows you to immerse yourself in spectacular coastal views between some of the country’s largest and most impressive fortresses.

This walk takes in miles of golden, sandy beaches, abundant birdlife and friendly fishing villages: Craster in particular is well worth a visit, particularly if you wish to sample its famous oak-smoked kippers!

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Northumberland Coast Highlights map
Warkworth to Bamburgh
26 miles (42 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Walking between the imposing castles of Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, and Warkworth.

Visiting the traditional seaside towns of Seahouses, Alnmouth and Craster.

Admiring the spectacular coastal views over the Farne Islands.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
NCCH1 From Warkworth to Bamburgh 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate / Demanding£275
NCCH2 From Warkworth to Bamburgh 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate£365
NCCH3 From Warkworth to Bamburgh 5 nights, 4 days walking Easy£455

Northumberland Coast Highlights 3 nights, 2 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to Warkworth where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Warkworth to Craster. 12 miles (19km)

Day 2

Craster to Bamburgh. 14 miles (22.5km)

Finish

Depart from Bamburgh after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person 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, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£25.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

The ancient village of Warkworth is a fascinating place to visit. The village is dominated by Warkworth Castle and perched on a rocky spur close to the mouth of the River Coquet. Just a short walk from the castle is the Warkworth Hermitage, a 14th century chapel carved out of the rock, while there are a series of craft shops, cafes and pubs along the village's main street.

Craster is another good choice for a rest day. It is a delightful little fishing village with a tiny harbour. Just south of the village is Howick Hall, built in 1782 and long associated with the Grey family, who have produced many famous figures, including Earl Grey the social reformer and tea enthusiast. The gardens are noted for their beauty.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 26 miles (41.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14 miles (22.5 km)
Code: NCCH1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Warkworth
End of holiday: Bamburgh

Route Profile

Northumberland Coast Highlights Route Profile

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent with your full holiday pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Newcastle and Edinburgh.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Warkworth) is at Alnmouth (about 4 miles away). The nearest rail stations to the end of the trail (Bamburgh) are either Chathill (7.5 miles away), Alnmouth (18.5 miles away) or Berwick-Upon-Tweed (19.5 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Warkworth and from Bamburgh.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Alnmouth. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Warkworth.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the bus from Bamburgh to Warkworth.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Routes on this trail

6 to 11 nights
72 miles
Easy to Demanding
Dog friendly
From £530 per person
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Customer reviews from the Northumberland Coast Highlights

“It was a unique and wonderful experience. Love the history and beauty.”
Ms Danforth, USA
“The route was interesting, enough to be a challenge and good accommodation overall. Good booklet and map invaluable.”
Mr Woore, UK
“Spectacular views completely lived up to expectations, helped by the weather cooperating! Wish I could do it again! My biggest worry was always whether my luggage would be waiting at the next location when I arrived, and thankfully it always was.”
Mr Negyal, UK
“Nice and easy path, very good weather.”
Mr Hiltunen, Finland

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