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St Oswald's Way

A self-guided walking holiday from Lindisfarne to Chollerford through the landscape of Northumberland.

7 to 13 nights
100 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £650 per person

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About this route

This holiday option explores the entirety of St Oswald's 100-mile trail from the spiritual Holy Island of Lindisfarne to the historic village of Chollerford.

The walk boasts vast scenic diversity, incredible history and spectacular wildlife, offering unforgettable sights and experiences to satisfy everyone in your walking party. 

© Contours Walking Holidays St Oswald's Way map
Lindisfarne (Holy Island) to Chollerford
100 miles (160 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Experiencing the spirituality on The Holy Island of Lindisfarne at Lindisfarne Priory.

Exploring the rich history of Northumbria, including Lindisfarne Priory, Bamburgh Castle, Warkworth Castle, Lordenshaws Iron Age Camp and the Roman Fort of Cilurnum.

Visiting a series of charming seaside towns and quaint rural villages, including Seahouses, Craster, Rothbury and Kirkwhelpington. 

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
OSW1 From Holy Island to Chollerford 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£660
OSW2 From Holy Island to Chollerford 8 nights, 7 days walking Demanding£755
OSW3 From Holy Island to Chollerford 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate / Demanding£850
OSW4 From Holy Island to Chollerford 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate£940
OSW5 From Holy Island to Chollerford 11 nights, 10 days walking Moderate£1035
OSW6 From Holy Island to Chollerford 13 nights, 12 days walking Easy / Moderate£1225

St Oswald's Way 7 nights, 6 days walking

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

Important information

Please note that the causeway on to Holy Island can only be crossed during low tide.  Before booking, please check the Holy Island Safe Crossing Times by clicking here.


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

Day 1

Holy Island to Belford. 12 miles (19km)

Day 2

Belford to Craster(T). 21 miles (33.5km)

Day 3

Craster(T) to Warkworth. 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Day 4

Warkworth to Rothbury. 18 miles (28.5km)

Day 5

Rothbury to Kirkwhelpington(T). 15 miles (24km)

Day 6

Kirkwhelpington(T) to Chollerford. 21 miles (33.5km)


Depart from Chollerford 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
£40.00 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
Extra night (Holy Island)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 7 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.

Craster is another good choice for a rest day. It is a delightful little fishing village with a tiny harbour. Just south of the village is Howick Hall, built in 1782 and long associated with the Grey family, who have produced many famous figures, including Earl Grey the social reformer and tea enthusiast. The gardens are noted for their beauty.

The ancient village of Warkworth is a fascinating place to visit. The village is dominated by Warkworth Castle and perched on a rocky spur close to the mouth of the River Coquet. Just a short walk from the castle is the Warkworth Hermitage, a 14th century chapel carved out of the rock, while there are a series of craft shops, cafes and pubs along the village's main street.

The charming town of Rothbury is a 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 and lovely shops to explore.

Consider an extra night at Chollerford if you would like to explore Chesters fort in depth. It is a wonderful fort with some outstanding remains including the ornate headquarters building, the commanding officers residence, barrack buildings and military bath-house. The site also has a unique museum that contains some of the finest Roman artefacts to be found anywhere in Britain.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Holy Island)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 100 miles (160 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Maximum daily distance: 21 miles (33.5 km)
Code: OSW1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Holy Island
End of holiday: Chollerford

Route Profile

St Oswald's 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, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Lindisfarne) is at Berwick-upon-Tweed (about 13.5 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Chollerford) is at Hexham (about 6 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Beal (closest mainland location for Lindisfarne) and from Chollerford.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Berwick-upon-Tweed. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Lindisfarne.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to catch a bus/taxi from Chollerford to Hexham rail station. From there trains run to Berwick-upon-Tweed, where a bus/taxi will be required to Lindisfarne.

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.

Routes on this trail

4 to 8 nights
46 miles
Easy to Demanding
Dog friendly
From £380 per person
A scenic self-guided walk from Lindisfarne to Warkworth along the Northumbrian coast.Find Out More
4 to 6 nights
54 miles
Dog friendly
From £385 per person
A walk from Warkworth by the coast to Chollerford along the inland southern half of St Oswald's Way.Find Out More

Customer reviews from the St Oswald's Way

“Excellent trip. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the walk, it was very beautiful and your planning seemed to work brilliantly. It was beautifully organised thank you.”
Mrs Tickell, UK
“Very much enjoyed St. Oswald's Way. Well way marked. Met fabulous people on the route.”
Mr Howden, UK
“We are back safe and sound after walking the St. Oswald’s Way. I have to say it was probably one of the most amazing walks I have done – so beautiful and so interesting and we were blessed with terrific weather. I want to thank you and Contours for organising another great walking adventure. Everything went very smoothly. The walk is extraordinary – great vistas and so much variety. We loved Holy Island and the castles and the beaches and the heather covered moorland. I’m already looking forward to booking my next walking holiday with Contours!”
Mrs Sohn, UK
“Well supported and a beautiful varied walk. In addition to a great holiday the logistics were excellent – the baggage carriers never let us down and taxi drivers used were helpful and knowledgeable. You have a great selection of well-known and lesser known trails so can't wait to pick the next one”
Ms Chedzey, UK
“A good mix of coastal, moorland and forest walking and a final stretch along Hadrian's Wall. Very good. This was our 5th holiday with Contours and the administration, booking and planning cannot be faulted.”
Mr Gill, UK
“Brilliant, varied walk.”
Mrs Johnson, UK
“Lucky with the weather. Quite varied scenery and accommodation.”
Mrs Marriott, UK
“More arduous than some walks but beautiful scenery and some very good accommodation/restaurants.”
Mr Watts, Australia
“We had a fab week thank you. All bookings were fine and you even managed to arrange some decent weather!”
Mrs Bathe, UK
"Warkworth Castle" by Wim Munters (2019) "Warkworth Castle" by Wim Munters (2019)
"Holy Island Boat Sheds" by Wim Munters (2019) "Holy Island Boat Sheds" by Wim Munters (2019)
"Between Weldon Bridge and Rothbury" by Wim Munters (2019) "Between Weldon Bridge and Rothbury" by Wim Munters (2019)
"Bamburgh Castle" by Wim Munters (2019) "Bamburgh Castle" by Wim Munters (2019)
"Alnmouth View" by Christine May ()2018) "Alnmouth View" by Christine May ()2018)
"Duchess Bridge" by Val Ball (2018) "Duchess Bridge" by Val Ball (2018)
"Barley Fields after Bamburgh" by Val Ball (2018) "Barley Fields after Bamburgh" by Val Ball (2018)
"Bamburgh Castle" by Val Ball (2018) "Bamburgh Castle" by Val Ball (2018)
"Warkworth Castle" by Val Ball (2018) "Warkworth Castle" by Val Ball (2018)

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