St Oswald's Way

St Oswald's Way

A deeply historic walk featuring important landmarks associated with the 7th century King of Northumbria.

4 to 13 nights
48-101 miles
Easy to Demanding / Strenuous

From £540 per person

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About the trail

St Oswald’s Way links some of the most important sites associated with St Oswald, the 7th century King of Northumbria. Commencing from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, St Oswald’s Way follows the coastline of Northumberland past many impressive castles, fishing villages and old market towns, exploring a varied landscape of sandy beaches, heather-clad moors, pine-scented forests, rich farmland and tranquil riverbanks.

The walk also boasts a wealth of history to be discovered, including the ancient town of Bamburgh, St Oswald’s Church in Heavenfield, an Iron Age hillfort at Lordenshaws and even parts of the iconic Hadrian’s Wall are visited along the way.

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.

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  • This route includes dog friendly tour options St Oswald's Way
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options St Oswald's Way - Countryside Section
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options St Oswald's Way - Coast Section

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

About this route

7 to 13 nights
101 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous
21st March to 30th September
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £960 per person

St Oswald's Way

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. 

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
OSW1 From Holy Island to Chollerford(L) 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £960
OSW2 From Holy Island to Chollerford(L) 8 nights, 7 days walking Demanding £1085
OSW3 From Holy Island to Chollerford(L) 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1195
OSW4 From Holy Island to Chollerford(L) 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate £1320
OSW5 From Holy Island to Chollerford(L) 11 nights, 10 days walking Moderate £1455
OSW6 From Holy Island to Chollerford(L) 13 nights, 12 days walking Easy / Moderate £1715

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
  • Holiday Highlights

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.

Start

Travel to Holy Island where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Holy Island to Belford. 13 miles (21km)

Day 2

Belford to Craster(L). 22 miles (35km)

Day 3

Craster(L) to Warkworth. 13 miles (21km)

Day 4

Warkworth to Rothbury. 18 miles (28.5km)

Day 5

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

Day 6

Kirkwhelpington(T) to Chollerford(L). 20 miles (32km)

Finish

Depart from Chollerford(L) 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 in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

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
£65.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£55.00 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)
Price on request
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays St Oswald's Way map
Lindisfarne (Holy Island) to Chollerford
101 miles (162 km)
21st March to 30th September

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. 

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.

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)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Holy Island)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 101 miles (161.5 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Maximum daily distance: 22 miles (35 km)
Code: OSW1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 21st March - 30th September
Start of holiday: Holy Island
End of holiday: Chollerford(L)

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

There is a bus service from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Beal (nearest point on the mainland to Lindisfarne), as well as a very infrequent bus service to Lindisfarne on some days, depending on the tides and time of year - see the following for more details:

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 Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a taxi, as public transport options are rather lengthy.

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.
"Bamburgh Castle" by Bruce Lyon (2023) "Bamburgh Castle" by Bruce Lyon (2023)
"Hedgehog on the Trail" by Bruce Lyon (2023) "Hedgehog on the Trail" by Bruce Lyon (2023)
"Bailey and Quincy on a Stile" by David Sweeney (2023) "Bailey and Quincy on a Stile" by David Sweeney (2023)
"A hard-earned rest" by David Sweeney (2023) "A hard-earned rest" by David Sweeney (2023)
"Boots for everyone" by David Sweeney (2023) "Boots for everyone" by David Sweeney (2023)
"Holy Island from Budle Bay" by Desmond and Sheila Maltby (2022) "Holy Island from Budle Bay" by Desmond and Sheila Maltby (2022)
"Holy Island" by Desmond and Sheila Maltby (2022) "Holy Island" by Desmond and Sheila Maltby (2022)
"Seahouses Harbour and Inner Farne" by Desmond and Sheila Maltby (2022) "Seahouses Harbour and Inner Farne" by Desmond and Sheila Maltby (2022)
"Pauperhaugh and the Coquet River" by Desmond and Sheila Maltby (2022) "Pauperhaugh and the Coquet River" by Desmond and Sheila Maltby (2022)
"Near Low Newton-by-the-Sea" by Desmond and Sheila Maltby (2022) "Near Low Newton-by-the-Sea" by Desmond and Sheila Maltby (2022)
"Bamburgh" by Desmond and Sheila Maltby (2022) "Bamburgh" by Desmond and Sheila Maltby (2022)
“Stone Sculpture on the Beach at Holy Island” by Elizabeth Hurrell (2020) - “Stone Sculpture on the Beach at Holy Island” by Elizabeth Hurrell (2020)
“Stone Sculpture on the Beach at Holy Island” by Elizabeth Hurrell (2020) “Stone Sculpture on the Beach at Holy Island” by Elizabeth Hurrell (2020)
“Sunset at Holy Island” by Elizabeth Hurrell (2020) - “Sunset at Holy Island” by Elizabeth Hurrell (2020)
“Sunset at Holy Island” by Elizabeth Hurrell (2020) “Sunset at Holy Island” by Elizabeth Hurrell (2020)
“Approaching Bamburgh Castle” by Elizabeth Hurrell (2020) - “Approaching Bamburgh Castle” by Elizabeth Hurrell (2020)
“Approaching Bamburgh Castle” by Elizabeth Hurrell (2020) “Approaching Bamburgh Castle” by Elizabeth Hurrell (2020)
"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)
"Lindisfarne" by Bridget Casson (2022) "Lindisfarne" by Bridget Casson (2022)
"Budle Bay" by Bridget Casson (2022) "Budle Bay" by Bridget Casson (2022)
"Half Mast at Seahouses" by Bridget Casson (2022) "Half Mast at Seahouses" by Bridget Casson (2022)

Customer reviews from the St Oswald's Way

“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
“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
“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
“Firstly the weather was very kind to us and we only had half a day of rain considering the weather forecast was much worse. All our accommodation worked out well. Very enjoyable.”
Ms Clark, UK
“Brilliant, varied walk.”
Mrs Johnson, UK
“We had a fab week thank you. All bookings were fine and you even managed to arrange some decent weather!”
Mrs Bathe, UK
“Had a great time - thank you!”
Mr Hall, UK
“Lucky with the weather. Quite varied scenery and accommodation.”
Mrs Marriott, UK
“We really enjoyed the walk. Six days of dry weather and great scenery. As always, we could rely on excellent accommodation and baggage transfer. We are planning our holiday for next year.”
Dr Maltby, UK
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