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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

“I found the route varied and interesting. The walking was easy and the route finding straightforward. The route notes were excellent and I appreciated the inclusion of street maps.”
Ms Angus, 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
“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
“Both paths were beautiful. The weather was great.”
Ms Nyquist, USA
“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
“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
“It was well organised, a great walking route and nice accommodation. Walking without carrying your luggage is a treat. Contours provide good support and information. Everything worked seamlessly.”
Mrs Fuchs, UK
“Very well organised, everything went to plan, great accommodation and bag transfers. Northumberland was outstandingly beautiful place to visit.”
Mr Pfeifer, 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)