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Northumberland Coastal Path

Northumberland Coastal 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 £265 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

“Very well organised, everything went to plan, great accommodation and bag transfers. Northumberland was outstandingly beautiful place to visit.”
Mr Pfeifer, 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
“Even Storm Ali couldn’t dampen our pleasure nor could the power cuts on the mainland and Holy Island.”
Mr McGarry, 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
“Both paths were beautiful. The weather was great.”
Ms Nyquist, USA
“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
“It was one of the best holidays we've ever had. Everything was perfect...thank you. From the original phone call to the itinerary, accommodation and route we couldn't have asked for anything better. We are looking now for our next dog friendly adventure next year.”
Mr Dolman, UK
“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
“Wonderful route and weather. Your administration was once again first class.”
Mr Richardson, UK
"Dunstanburgh Castle from Craster" by Bob Parkinson (2020)
"Spittal Sands" by Bob Parkinson (2020)
"Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve" by Bob Parkinson (2020)
"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)