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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 £420 per person

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.

Dog friendly tours available

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

Customer reviews from the St Oswald's Way

“Very much enjoyed St. Oswald's Way. Well way marked. Met fabulous people on the route.”
Mr Howden, UK
“More arduous than some walks but beautiful scenery and some very good accommodation/restaurants.”
Mr Watts, Australia
“Brilliant, varied walk.”
Mrs Johnson, UK
“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
“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
“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
“This was our 7th booking with you; obviously, we are satisfied customers.”
Mr Pace, 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
“All went very smoothly, lovely walking experience.”
Ms Morgan, UK
“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)
“Approaching Bamburgh Castle” by Elizabeth Hurrell (2020)
“Approaching Bamburgh Castle” by Elizabeth Hurrell (2020)
"Warkworth Castle" by Wim Munters (2019)
"Holy Island Boat Sheds" by Wim Munters (2019)
"Between Weldon Bridge and Rothbury" by Wim Munters (2019)
"Bamburgh Castle" by Wim Munters (2019)
"Alnmouth View" by Christine May ()2018)
"Duchess Bridge" by Val Ball (2018)
"Barley Fields after Bamburgh" by Val Ball (2018)
"Bamburgh Castle" by Val Ball (2018)
"Warkworth Castle" by Val Ball (2018)