Northumberland Coast Path

Northumberland Coast Path

A self-guided walking holiday along the coast of Northumberland, visiting the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

3 to 11 nights
28-74 miles
Easy to Strenuous

From £325 per person

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About the trail

The Northumberland Coast Path tours wild, unspoilt countryside, where castle ruins loom on the headands above long beaches of golden sand.

This gentle, low-level walk arcs inland once – to sample glorious views of the coast from St Cuthbert’s Cave – but otherwise clings to the Northumbrian shoreline. Castles adorn the rocky cliffs and, at low tide, you can make your way across a tidal causeway to Holy Island to explore the extensive ruins of Lindisfarne Priory. With plenty of beach walking between bustling seaside towns, this is a pretty, approachable and friendly coastline walk.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Choose your route

  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Northumberland Coast Path
  • South Northumberland Coast Path
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Northumberland Coast Highlights

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

About this route

5 to 11 nights
74 miles
Easy to Demanding / Strenuous
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £635 per person

Northumberland Coast Path

This holiday option explores the length of the Northumberland Coast Path along 72 miles of incredible terrain, from the town of Creswell up to Berwick-upon-Tweed near the Scottish border.

Walk along golden beaches beneath ruined castles towering on the headlands. The Northumberland Coast Path tours a wild, unspoilt region full of history, winding northwards and showcasing everything this lesser-known trail has to offer.

This route can be walked in the opposite direction upon request. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
NOCP1 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £635
NOCP2 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding £755
NOCP3 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding £880
NOCP4 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate £1000
NOCP5 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 10 nights, 9 days walking Easy / Moderate £1245
NOCP6 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 11 nights, 10 days walking Easy £1370

Northumberland Coast Path 5 nights, 4 days walking

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

Important information

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.

 

Start

Travel to Cresswell(T) where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Cresswell(T) to Alnmouth. 16.5 miles (26.5km) / 594 ft (181 m) ascent

Day 2

Alnmouth to Bamburgh. 22 miles (35km) / 896 ft (273 m) ascent

Day 3

Bamburgh to Holy Island. 20.5 miles (33km) / 1276 ft (389 m) ascent

Day 4

Holy Island to Berwick-upon-Tweed. 14 miles (22.5km) / 315 ft (96 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Berwick-upon-Tweed 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.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

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 travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

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 on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night


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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Alnmouth)
£75.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Bamburgh)
£75.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Holy Island)
£80.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Northumberland Coast Path map
Cresswell to Berwick-upon-Tweed
74 miles (118 km)
2nd January to 24th December

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.

Walking along sandy beaches complemented with far-reaching and historic views.

What's included?

  • 5 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

Holy Island is a good choice for a rest day. In addition to the castle, priory and church, the Museum of Island Life that is housed in an 18th century fisherman's cottage, is well worth a visit. At St Aidan's Winery you can sample the famous Lindisfarne Mead.

There is plenty to see and do in Berwick-upon-Tweed if you wish to explore before the start of your walk. A stroll around the ramparts offers a succession of fine views out to sea, across the River Tweed and over the red roofs of the town's elegant Georgian mansions.

Buildings of interest include the 18th century Town Hall, with its 150ft high steeple where the curfew bell is still rung each evening and The Town Hall, that still retains its original jailhouse and now houses the Cell Block Museum.

The Holy Trinity Church is one of a handful of churches built during the Commonwealth. The absence of a tower reflects Cromwell's view that towers were irreligious. The 18th century barracks house the Borough Museum and Art Gallery. Also of interest is the Wine and Spirit Museum that incorporates a Victorian Chemist Shop and pottery.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Alnmouth)
£75.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Bamburgh)
£75.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Holy Island)
£80.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 74 miles (118 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 14 miles (22.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 22 miles (35 km)
Code: NOCP1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Cresswell(T)
End of holiday: Berwick-upon-Tweed

Route Profile

Northumberland Coast Path Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

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

By Rail - The nearest station to the start of the trail (Cresswell) *is at Widdrington (about 5 miles away). The nearest rail stations to Amble are at Acklington (about 5 miles away) and Alnmouth (about 6 miles away). The nearest rail station to Warkworth) is at Alnmouth (about 4 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Berwick-upon-Tweed).
* As there is no suitable accommodation near to the start of the trail, your accommodation will be at one of numerous locations within the area, with a transfer to the trail - please see Traveline for further information for other locations.

By Bus - There is no bus from Widdrington to Cresswell so a taxi would be required. Buses run from Alnmouth to both Amble and Warkworth. Buses also run from Acklington to Amble.Various bus services run from Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Widdrington, Alnmouth & Acklington. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Cresswell/wherever your accommodation has been booked.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to catch a train from Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Widdrington/Alnmouth/Acklington and then catch a bus/taxi from here to Cresswell/Amble/Warkworth/wherever your accommodation is located.

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.
"Lindisfarne Castle" by Andrew Eastwood (2023) "Lindisfarne Castle" by Andrew Eastwood (2023)
"Just outside of Alunmouth" by Judyann Mccarthy (2022) "Just outside of Alunmouth" by Judyann Mccarthy (2022)
"Warkworth to Alnwick" by Jake and Elizabeth Scowcroft (2021) "Warkworth to Alnwick" by Jake and Elizabeth Scowcroft (2021)
"Bamburgh Castle" by Jake and Elizabeth Scowcroft (2021) "Bamburgh Castle" by Jake and Elizabeth Scowcroft (2021)
"Craster to Beadnell" by Jake and Elizabeth Scowcroft (2021) "Craster to Beadnell" by Jake and Elizabeth Scowcroft (2021)
"Beadnell to Bamburgh" by Jake and Elizabeth Scowcroft (2021) "Beadnell to Bamburgh" by Jake and Elizabeth Scowcroft (2021)
"Craster to Beadnell" by Jake and Elizabeth Scowcroft (2021) "Craster to Beadnell" by Jake and Elizabeth Scowcroft (2021)
"Alnwick to Craster" by Jake and Elizabeth Scowcroft (2021) "Alnwick to Craster" by Jake and Elizabeth Scowcroft (2021)
"Alnwick to Craster" by Jake and Elizabeth Scowcroft (2021) "Alnwick to Craster" by Jake and Elizabeth Scowcroft (2021)
"Bamburgh Castle" by Jennifer Buck (2021) "Bamburgh Castle" by Jennifer Buck (2021)
"Dunstanburgh Castle from Craster" by Bob Parkinson (2020) "Dunstanburgh Castle from Craster" by Bob Parkinson (2020)
"Spittal Sands" by Bob Parkinson (2020) "Spittal Sands" by Bob Parkinson (2020)
"Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve" by Bob Parkinson (2020) "Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve" by Bob Parkinson (2020)
"Starling at Seahouses Harbour" by Petra Cullmann (2019) "Starling at Seahouses Harbour" by Petra Cullmann (2019)
"Puffins on Farne Island" by Petra Cullmann (2019) "Puffins on Farne Island" by Petra Cullmann (2019)
"Pie at the Ship Inn" by Petra Cullmann (2019) "Pie at the Ship Inn" by Petra Cullmann (2019)
"Berwick" by Sacha Cooper (2018) "Berwick" by Sacha Cooper (2018)
"Crossing to Holy Island" by Sacha Cooper (2018) "Crossing to Holy Island" by Sacha Cooper (2018)
"Looking toward Bamburgh from Holy Island" by Marty and Jane Holski (2018) "Looking toward Bamburgh from Holy Island" by Marty and Jane Holski (2018)
"View from Dunstanburgh Castle" By Pauline Ellington (2018) "View from Dunstanburgh Castle" By Pauline Ellington (2018)
"Approaching Dunstanburgh Castle" by Pauline Ellington (2018) "Approaching Dunstanburgh Castle" by Pauline Ellington (2018)
"Cannon at Bamburgh Castle" by Pauline Ellington (2018) "Cannon at Bamburgh Castle" by Pauline Ellington (2018)
"Bamburgh Castle from Seahouses" by Pauline Ellington (2018) "Bamburgh Castle from Seahouses" by Pauline Ellington (2018)
"Rusty Crow" by Pauline Ellington (2018) "Rusty Crow" by Pauline Ellington (2018)
"On the Way to Holy Island" by Jill Sandford (2018) "On the Way to Holy Island" by Jill Sandford (2018)

Customer reviews from the Northumberland Coast Path

“Very much enjoyed the puffins tour to Farne Islands from Seahouses. Even though most of the puffins had left for the sea, there were still about 200 puffins left so that I was able to take lovely pictures of them. Greatly enjoyed the walk across the sand to Holy Island during low tide along those long sticks helping me to find my way. Did probably more than half of the hike barefoot along the beach. I could have left my walking boots at home (joke). Even went for a short dip in the chilly North Sea. But if I had not forgotten my bathing cap I could have swam for a while. Had lots of lovely little conversations along the way, as people there are friendly, open and have all the time of the world for a chat.”
Ms Cullmann, Germany
“Brilliant. Lovely walk. Very well organised. This was our third holiday with Contours and we have two more in the pipeline.”
Prof Creighton, UK
“Everything about the holiday was great. The individual B&Bs were excellent, the 2 hotels not quite as good but were still very good. They lacked the personal touch we got from the smaller places. Instructions for finding the accommodation were good and the one taxi we had to use was easy to contact and on time. The list of places to get evening meals was good and those we used were all excellent. It was all wonderful. The coastal walks were wonderful in their variety of flora and fauna and views. Going inland for some of it added variety. The best was properly the walk across to Lindisfarne using the pilgrims path in the torrential rain! A memorable event.”
Mrs Thursfield, UK
“Very enjoyable and well organised. All the beaches were lovely, with the walk to Bamburgh Castle the best. The walk from Belford to Lindisfarne via the Pilgrim's Route was excellent.”
Mr Marlow, UK
“Beautiful part of the country - super deserted beaches excellent for a dog. Interesting historical sites along the way. Accommodation very good with friendly welcomes. Weather excellent! Lovely walking experience to discover one of Britain's best kept secrets.”
Mr Robinson, UK
“This was our first walking holiday, and based on this, we will do more. The planning done by Contours made the experience seamless and allowed us to enjoy the experience.”
Mr Holski, Canada
“Overall, we’ve loved the walk. It has really allowed us to de-stress and the views have been fantastic. Everyone we’ve interacted with has been really friendly and helpful.”
Mr Fleetwood, UK
“A positive experience for me as a solo walker. Contours adjusted the length of walks each day to fit in with what I wanted to do along the way.”
Ms Moorcroft, UK
“Coastpath is beautiful. We are looking at other similar level holidays already.”
Mrs McRoberts, UK
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