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 £250 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 walk 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

“Very well organised, everything went to plan, great accommodation and bag transfers. Northumberland was outstandingly beautiful place to visit.”
Mr Pfeifer, UK
“Let me start by telling you that we very much enjoyed our holidays. It was well organised, the walks were beautiful and we met very kind people almost everywhere. We wouldn’t hesitate to book holidays with you again or to advise it to other people in the Netherlands.”
Mrs Mulder, Netherlands
“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
“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
“The route was interesting, enough to be a challenge and good accommodation overall. Good booklet and map invaluable.”
Mr Woore, UK
“Nice and easy path, very good weather.”
Mr Hiltunen, Finland
“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
“Brilliant. Lovely walk. Very well organised. This was our third holiday with Contours and we have two more in the pipeline.”
Prof Creighton, 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)