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Northumberland Coast Path

Northumberland Coast Path

A self-guided walking holiday along the historic and wildly beautiful coast path of Northumberland.

5 to 11 nights
74 miles
Easy to Demanding / Strenuous

From £515 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

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.
© 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.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
NOCP1 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£515
NOCP2 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding£615
NOCP3 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£720
NOCP4 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate£820
NOCP5 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 10 nights, 9 days walking Easy / Moderate£1025
NOCP6 From Cresswell(T) to Berwick-upon-Tweed 11 nights, 10 days walking Easy£1130

Northumberland Coast Path 5 nights, 4 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

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.



Travel to Cresswell(T) where your first night's accommodation has been 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


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; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

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
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 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 (Holy Island)
£70.00 per person / per night

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 (Holy Island)
£70.00 per person / per night

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). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Berwick-upon-Tweed).

By Bus - There is a bus from Widdrington to Cresswell Monday to Saturday. On a Sunday, two buses would be required, so a taxi would probably be a better option. Various bus services run from Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station (and a few from London St Pancras International on weekends) to Widdrington. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Cresswell.

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 and then catch a bus/taxi from here to Cresswell.

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.

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Customer reviews from the Northumberland Coast Path

“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
“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
“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
“Both paths were beautiful. The weather was great.”
Ms Nyquist, USA
“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
“Particularly enjoyed Holy Island. Beautiful hotel room with iconic views.”
Ms Reid, Canada
“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
“Even Storm Ali couldn’t dampen our pleasure nor could the power cuts on the mainland and Holy Island.”
Mr McGarry, UK
“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
"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)