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

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

“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
“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
“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
“All went very smoothly, lovely walking experience.”
Ms Morgan, UK
“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
“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
“All was great, the weather was perfect.”
Mrs Hills, UK
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