St Oswald's Way - Countryside section

St Oswald's Way - Countryside section

A walk from Warkworth by the coast to Chollerford along the inland southern half of St Oswald's Way.

4 to 6 nights
53 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £460 per person

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About this route

The countryside section of St. Oswald’s Way begins in the ancient village of Warkworth and continues inland towards Hadrian’s Wall and the village of Chollerford. The walk links some of the places associated with St. Oswald, passing through pretty valleys, agricultural land and charming towns and villages along the way, before joining with the iconic Hadrian’s Wall Path.

The trail then follows the famous wall to the holiday’s end point in Chollerford, where the Roman Fort of Cilurnum provides a fascinating end to a walk rich in history. 

© Contours Walking Holidays St Oswald's Way - Countryside section map
Warkworth to Chollerford
53 miles (85 km)
1st April to 30th September

Holiday highlights

Tracing the rolling countryside of rural Northumbria from Warkworth to Chollerford.

Discovering the wonderfully peaceful Coquet valley in the heart of the Northumbrian countryside.

Arriving at St Oswald’s Church in Heavenfield and walking the final stretch to Chollerford on Hadrian’s Wall Path. 

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
OSWI1 From Warkworth to Chollerford 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£460
OSWI2 From Warkworth to Chollerford 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding£570
OSWI3 From Warkworth to Chollerford 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate£685

St Oswald's Way - Countryside section 4 nights, 3 days walking

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

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

Day 1

Warkworth to Rothbury. 18 miles (28.5km)

Day 2

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

Day 3

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


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
£50.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 53 miles (84.5 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Maximum daily distance: 20 miles (32 km)
Code: OSWI1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 1st April - 30th September
Start of holiday: Warkworth
End of holiday: Chollerford

Route Profile

St Oswald's Way - Countryside 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, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Warkworth) is at Alnmouth (about 4 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Chollerford) is at Hexham (about 6 miles away).

By Bus - Buses run from Alnmouth to Warkworth and from Chollerford to Hexham.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Alnmouth. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Warkworth.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi, as public transport options are extremely lengthly.

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.

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