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 £340 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 enjoy stunning 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 section of the England Coast Path.

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.

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  • 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 £650 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 £650
NOCP2 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding £775
NOCP3 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding £900
NOCP4 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate £1025
NOCP5 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 10 nights, 9 days walking Easy / Moderate £1275
NOCP6 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 11 nights, 10 days walking Easy £1405

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
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 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)
£85.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Holy Island)
Price on request
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)
£85.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Holy Island)
Price on request

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 a direct bus from Widdrington to Cresswell Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be the best option on a Sunday, when two buses 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/car 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

“It was a fantastic break. Superb scenery, pleasant, easy walking, lovely accommodations. It all went as we hoped it would. The paths were very well signposted (no need for instructions whilst walking) and the walking was good and relatively flat.”
Miss Arris, UK
“Possibly our best ever British walking holiday. All the arrangements made by Contours worked like clockwork and the accommodation was excellent.”
Mr Petch, UK
“Easy walking along a well signed route. The coastal walking and views are excellent. The beaches are long and virtually empty. The villages and coastal towns are welcoming and have good places to eat. We continue to enjoy excellent service from you as we have done down the years - thankyou.”
Mr Welford, UK
“It was a wonderful holiday, amazing scenery, and even good weather! The walk was lovely, beautiful beaches, interesting villages, castles, wildlife….All the arrangements went smoothly and all the accommodation was of a high standard. Hope to do another one next year!”
Prof Browning, UK
“Many thanks for arranging an excellent holiday. It could not have been easy due to covid.”
Mr Martin, UK
“A perfect combination of walking and sightseeing.”
Mr Mountford, 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
“This was one of the highlights of my life. I will go back.”
Mr Cook, USA
“All aspects of the trip were very well done. Accommodations were generally very good with a couple that were outstanding. Some were a bit quirky but that is a part of the experience. All hosts and hostesses were very friendly and accommodating.”
Mr Stone, Canada
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