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Reivers Way

Reivers Way

Uncover the war-torn past of Northumberland on a self-guided walking holiday from Corbridge to Alnmouth.

9 to 12 nights
146 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding / Strenuous

From £880 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

Walk Reivers Way and explore the wildest and most remote spaces of Northumberland, through the North Pennines, along Hadrian’s Wall and over the Simonside and Cheviot Hills.

This sparsely populated landscape includes a National Park, several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a fine Heritage Coast – and it was all once host to the notorious Border Reivers. Fortifications against these vicious raiding families feature throughout the walk, with pele towers in even the smallest villages. Riverside pathways, forest trails and open moorland lead the way between them, rising to the highest point in Northumberland amongst the remote Cheviot Hills.

The Northumberland Coast awaits at the end of Reivers Way, where clifftop castle ruins preside over broad, sandy beaches and welcoming fishing villages, making for an easy, seaside finale to a wild and hilly walking holiday. 

© Contours Walking Holidays Reivers Way map
Corbridge to Alnmouth
146 miles (234 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Encircling the charming region of Northumberland and discovering the varied landscape and wildlife on offer.

Learning about the wealth of history experienced by an area plagued by warfare and conflict.

Crossing other iconic walking trails, including the Pennine Way, Hadrian’s Wall Path and the Northumberland Coast Path, and revelling in the frequently changing scenery.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
RW1 From Corbridge to Alnmouth 9 nights, 8 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£880
RW2 From Corbridge to Alnmouth 10 nights, 9 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£975
RW3 From Corbridge to Alnmouth 12 nights, 11 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1170

Reivers Way 9 nights, 8 days walking

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

Travel to Corbridge where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Corbridge to Allendale Town. 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 2

Allendale Town to Wark. 24.5 miles (39km)

Day 3

Wark to Elsdon(T). 18 miles (29km)

Day 4

Elsdon(T) to Rothbury. 14 miles (22km)

Day 5

Rothbury to Alwinton. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 6

Alwinton to Wooler. 20.5 miles (33km)

Day 7

Wooler to Bamburgh. 18 miles (29km)

Day 8

Bamburgh to Alnmouth. 19.5 miles (31km)


Depart from Alnmouth 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)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 9 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

As the Reivers Way passes through so many charming villages and towns, it may be tempting to stay a little longer to explore these wonderful places in more depth. We can organise extra nights in any of the overnight stops, allowing you to tailor your experience and really get the most out of your walking holiday.

Corbridge, for example, is a wonderful little village worth exploring before setting off on your walk, and would make an ideal place for an extra night?s stay. The local area has seen plenty of warfare and conflict over the centuries, and so is steeped in fascinating history. As well as a nearby museum and a Tourist Information Centre to visit, Corbridge also has plenty of restaurants, pubs and shops to cater for all tastes and needs.

The charming town of Rothbury is another delightful place to spend a rest day. Situated on the banks of the River Coquet, there are stunning views of the surrounding countryside, with plenty of walks around Coquetdale if you wish to learn more about the local area and its enticing history. Rothbury also has a full range of facilities available, including shops, eateries and a joint Northumberland National Park and Tourist Information Centre.

You could also spend an extra night in Bamburgh, a fascinating village packed with interesting things to see. As well as all of the usual amenities, there is a museum dedicated to Grace Darling and a church founded by St. Aiden, however it?s most famous landmark is probably Bamburgh Castle, which contains a museum and tea room of its own and is open daily to visitors.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 146 miles (234 km)
Duration: 9 nights, 8 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 14 miles (22 km)
Maximum daily distance: 24.5 miles (39 km)
Code: RW1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Corbridge
End of holiday: Alnmouth

Route Profile

Reivers Way 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 city and international airports are Newcastle and Edinburgh.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Corbridge) and also at the end of the trail (Alnmouth).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Corbridge and from Alnmouth.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross & Euston stations to Corbridge.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to catch a train from Alnmouth to Corbridge.

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.