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St Oswald's Way

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

4 to 13 nights
46-100 miles
Easy to Demanding / Strenuous

From £380 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

“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
“Lucky with the weather. Quite varied scenery and accommodation.”
Mrs Marriott, UK
“We had a fab week thank you. All bookings were fine and you even managed to arrange some decent weather!”
Mrs Bathe, UK
“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
“Very much enjoyed St. Oswald's Way. Well way marked. Met fabulous people on the route.”
Mr Howden, 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
“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
“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
“Brilliant, varied walk.”
Mrs Johnson, UK
"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)