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

4 to 8 nights
48 miles
Easy to Demanding
21st March to 30th September
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £540 per person

St Oswald's Way - Coast Section

The coast section of St Oswald’s Way begins at The Holy Island of Lindisfarne and ends in the fortified village of Warkworth. The trail follows the Northumberland coastline through a series of charming seaside towns and villages while tracing the spiritual journey of St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the 7th century.

There is a wealth of history to be discovered along the trail, with particular sites of interest including the impressive castles at Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Warkworth. There is also plenty of wildlife to spot and a variety of beautiful scenery to enjoy along this coastal section of St Oswald’s Way.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
OSWC1 From Holy Island to Warkworth 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding £540
OSWC2 From Holy Island to Warkworth 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate £665
OSWC3 From Holy Island to Warkworth 6 nights, 5 days walking Easy / Moderate £800
OSWC4 From Holy Island to Warkworth 8 nights, 7 days walking Easy £1060

St Oswald's Way - Coastal section 4 nights, 3 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)

Finish

Depart from Warkworth 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 - Coast Section map
Lindisfarne (Holy Island) to Warkworth
48 miles (77 km)
21st March to 30th September

Holiday highlights

Discovering the spiritual journey of St Oswald from Lindisfarne Priory to the looming fortress of Warkworth Castle.

Visiting the bustling fishing villages along the coastline, including Seahouses and Craster.

Tracing history through the centuries as you visit Holy Island, Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle and Warkworth Castle. 

What's included?

  • 4 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.

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: 48 miles (77 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Maximum daily distance: 22 miles (35 km)
Code: OSWC1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 21st March - 30th September
Start of holiday: Holy Island
End of holiday: Warkworth

Route Profile

St Oswald's Way - Coastal section 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 - 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 (Warkworth) is at Alnmouth (about 4 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:
https://www.bordersbuses.co.uk/services/PERY/477
From Beal, you would need to take a taxi to Lindisfarne, if it is not a day/time the bus runs.
Buses run from Warkworth to Alnmouth.

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

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi.

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.

Customer reviews from the St Oswald's Way - Coast Section

“The walk itself is interesting and varied. Contours made excellent arrangements.”
Mr Ward, USA
“I'd like to thank you and all of the staff at Contour's for helping put this trip together for us. We really had a wonderful time. Your team's assistance in helping us recover our lost luggage was invaluable. If we ever do something like this again, we would look to Contours for your assistance. Again. many thanks for all of your efforts on our behalf.”
Mr Altherr, USA
“Mostly the trail was well sign posted, the B+Bs were pleasant and the scenery stunning. As a trail it has stunning scenery without being too strenuous a walk.”
Mrs Casson, UK
“This was our 7th booking with you; obviously, we are satisfied customers.”
Mr Pace, USA
“Amazing scenery, lovely people on the way, very few restrictions on dogs. taxi transfers and luggage transfers worked perfectly ... maps and directions good.”
Ms Curtis, USA
“I enjoyed seeing and visiting the variety of castles, towns, and villages along the way. I particularly liked the town of Beadnell. I was blessed with excellent weather. In combination with the Northumberland Coast Path and St. Cuthbert’s Way the trail was mostly well marked and easy to follow.”
Ms Matthews, USA
“While it was reassuring to know that Contours were there if we needed them, it was probably an indication of the care you’d put into planning for us that we never needed to get in touch.”
Mr Boardman, UK
“All went very smoothly, lovely walking experience.”
Ms Morgan, UK
“All was great, the weather was perfect.”
Mrs Hills, UK
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