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Northumberland Coastal Path

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

3 to 11 nights
26-72 miles
Easy to Strenuous

From £255 per person

About the trail

The Northumberland Coast Path tours wild, unspoilt countryside, where long beaches of golden sand are presided over by castle ruins looming on the headlands.

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 headlands 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.

Dog friendly tours available

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

Customer reviews from the Northumberland Coastal Path

“Overall we were very pleased. Since we'd never been to Britain before, and were worried about losing our way, we bought a handheld GPS and downloaded your files. They were very helpful. We have friends who are interested, and now that we're back, we plan to encourage them to book too! Our bucket list is long, but we hope to make it back to the UK and would love to do another walking holiday.”
Mrs Sampson, USA
“Route well signposted. The taxi service from Embleton to Dunstan Village and return was very efficient.”
Mrs Evans, 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
“Particularly enjoyed Holy Island. Beautiful hotel room with iconic views.”
Ms Reid, Canada
“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
“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
“We loved the walk. Enjoy walking on the beach.”
Mr Orban, USA
“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
“Wonderful route and weather. Your administration was once again first class.”
Mr Richardson, UK
"Starling at Seahouses Harbour" by Petra Cullmann (2019)
"Puffins on Farne Island" by Petra Cullmann (2019)
"Pie at the Ship Inn" by Petra Cullmann (2019)
"Berwick" by Sacha Cooper (2018)
"Crossing to Holy Island" by Sacha Cooper (2018)
"Looking toward Bamburgh from Holy Island" by Marty and Jane Holski (2018)
"View from Dunstanburgh Castle" By Pauline Ellington (2018)
"Approaching Dunstanburgh Castle" by Pauline Ellington (2018)
"Cannon at Bamburgh Castle" by Pauline Ellington (2018)
"Bamburgh Castle from Seahouses" by Pauline Ellington (2018)
"Rusty Crow" by Pauline Ellington (2018)
"On the Way to Holy Island" by Jill Sandford (2018)