Cliffs and Castles on The Northumberland Coast Path

Skip the  crowds, and discover a landscape steeped in history with Walking holidays in Northumberland. The Northumberland coast is one of England’s finest unspoilt coastal stretches, with dramatic castles on rocky outcrops and the picturesque old coastal villages having hardly been changed by time.

Highlights
  • A walk that incorporates some of the country's most impressive castles, Warkworth, Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh among them
  • End your walk among the genteel streets of Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Walk through a coastal landscape that has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Stop by in the seaside villages of Craster and Seahouses
  • An iconic British landscape depicted in the paintings of Lowry and Turner
  • 5 to 7 nights
  • 62 to 64 mls (view km)
  • Cresswell, North East England
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £445

Walking the Northumberland Coast Path

The Northumberland Coast Path begins in the south at Creswell (near Morpeth) and finishes at Berwick-upon-Tweed-on the Scottish border. The Northumberland Coast Path meanders past golden dunes, sea bird colonies (particularly offshore on the Farne Islands – a worthwhile detour), nature reserves and stunning cliff scenery.

You come across the formidable masses of ancient castles at Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh- a romantic ruin jutting out into the crashing waves. You encounter the attractive old coastal villages of Alnmouth, Boulmer and Seahouses, as well as the unspoilt old harbours at St Abbs and Craster – be sure not to miss a smoked kipper supper in Craster

Wild and Beautiful Coastline with Walking Holidays in Northumberland

The route briefly converges with St Cuthbert's Way, which then passes close to the dramatic overhang of St. Cuthbert's Cave-a perfect vantage point for the glorious views of the Northumberland coast.

There is the option to visit Lindisfarne, Holy Island-accessible at low tide across the causeway. Its monastery became a centre for Christian learning and writing with the well known Lindisfarne Gospels, as well as a popular place of pilgrimage.

Cliff top paths descend to the end of your walk-historic Berwick-upon-Tweed, the capital of the Borders. Berwick was a Royal Burgh of Scotland in 1120 and during the many centuries of border warfare changed hands no fewer than 14 times, the last being in 1482.

With its magnificent town walls, spectacular riverside and bridges at the mouth of the River Tweed, Berwick is one of the most picturesque towns on the region's coast and well worth an extra day spent at the end of your holiday.

For detailed itineraries, further information or advice on walking Northumberland Coast Path, call or e-mail our Walk Team, today. We will be delighted to speak to you about our walking holiday along Nortumbrian coast.

Upgrade for Higher Standard of Accommodation

On this route, you have the option of upgrading your overnight stays to 5* luxury Guest Houses.

You'll find a 'Classic Plus' itinerary below, but as with our other itineraries - we can adjust and tailor a custom itinerary to your needs.

Let us know your requirements at the point of enquiry; we'll be more than happy to advise you, and provide options for your journey ahead.

Celtic Trails is one of Britain’s most experienced walking holiday companies, providing tailored walking itineraries for clients who appreciate high standards of service, comfort and organisation.

We will plan your ideal walking holiday along Northumberland Coast Path, you simply choose when to go!

Path Walkthrough

Walking Map for the Northumberland Coast Path
Our Northumberland walking holiday takes you along the coast from Cresswell to Berwick on Tweed

The Northumberland Coast Path meets sweeping sections of beach, dunes and the headlands of this quiet section of north-eastern coastline. The path will divert inland occasionally, with long stretches through open field. While walking, you may be struck by the remote and uncrowded nature of the path, with the most populous areas being the  traditional North Sea fishing villages and genteel towns found along the coast.

On your way across the coastal landscape of Northumberland, you'll find ruins of castles (such as Dunstanburgh Castle, on the Craster to Seahouses section) as the route circumvents estuaries and winds its way around the myriad of marinas and long, windswept beaches found on the route. There are sections along paved roads on this route, and though the path is not crowded, passing cyclists will be frequent enough for walkers to maintain an awareness of their presence.

 

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Our Northumberland Coastal Path Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Cresswell to Berwick-upon-Tweed

Length: 62 miles/100.2km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
NCC17 nights, 6 days£605 (pp)View Itinerary
NCC26 nights, 5 days£525 (pp)View Itinerary

Cresswell to Berwick-upon-Tweed

Length: 62 miles/100.2km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
NCC35 nights, 4 days£445 (pp)View Itinerary

Cresswell to Berwick-upon-Tweed (Classic Plus)

Length: 62 miles/100.2km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
NCC47 nights, 6 days£715 (pp)View Itinerary

Warkworth to Berwick-upon-Tweed

Seven nights, Six days
Price: £605 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: NCC1
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Warkworth
Day 2:Transfer to Cresswell - Walk Cresswell to Warkworth10.5 miles/16.8km
Day 3:Warkworth to Craster13 miles/20.4km
Day 4:Craster to Seahouses9.6 miles/15.5km
Day 5:Seahouses to Belford10.5 miles/16.8km
Day 6:Belford to Fenwick6 miles/10.3km
Day 7:Fenwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed12 miles/19.2km
Day 8:Depart Berwick-upon-Tweed

Itinerary Information: Seven nights accommodation with six walking days. Arrive in Warkworth on day one, walk from day two and depart from Berwick-upon-Tweed on morning of day eight.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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Warkworth to Berwick-upon-Tweed

Six nights, Five days
Price: £525 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: NCC2
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Warkworth
Day 2:Transfer to Cresswell - Walk Cresswell to Warkworth10.5 miles/16.8km
Day 3:Warkworth to Embleton16 miles/25.6km
Day 4:Embleton to Bamburgh11 miles/17.6km
Day 5:Bamburgh to Fenwick12.5 miles/20km
Day 6:Fenwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed12 miles/19.2km
Day 7:Depart Berwick-upon-Tweed

Itinerary Information: Six nights accommodation with five walking days. Arrive in Warkworth on day one, walk from day two and depart from Berwick-upon-Tweed on morning of day seven.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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Alnmouth to Berwick-upon-Tweed

Five days, Four nights
Price: £445 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: NCC3
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Alnmouth
Day 2:Transfer to Cresswell - Walk Cresswell to Alnmouth16 miles/25.6km
Day 3:Alnmouth to Seahouses17.5 miles/28km
Day 4:Seahouses to Fenwick16.5 miles/26.4km
Day 5:Fenwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed12 miles/19.2km
Day 6:Depart Berwick-upon-Tweed

Itinerary Information: Five nights accommodation with four walking days. Arrive in Warkworth on day one, walk from day two and depart from Berwick-upon-Tweed on morning of day six.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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Warkworth to Berwick-upon-Tweed (Classic Plus)

Seven nights, Six days
Price: £715 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: NCC4
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Warkworth
Day 2:Transfer to Cresswell - Walk Cresswell to Warkworth10.5 miles/16.8km
Day 3:Warkworth to Craster13 miles/20.4km
Day 4:Craster to Seahouses9.6 miles/15.5km
Day 5:Seahouses to Belford10.5 miles/16.8km
Day 6:Belford to Fenwick6 miles/10.3km
Day 7:Fenwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed12 miles/19.2km
Day 8:Depart Berwick-upon-Tweed

Itinerary Information: Seven nights accommodation with six walking days. Arrive in Warkworth on day one, walk from day two and depart from Berwick-upon-Tweed on morning of day eight.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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  • What's Included?

    What's included?

    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers (one bag per walker, max 18kg per bag)
    • Personal transfer between accommodation and path where necessary
    • Route planning
    • Walk Pack including Trail Guide, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning.
  • Price Info.

    Bank Holidays & Short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Rest Days: From £47.50 pp per night

    Recommended locations for a rest day are:-

    Seahouses for Farne Islands

    Bamburgh

    Fenwick for Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

    Berwick-upon-Tweed

    Single supplements

    Solo person bookings: £35.00 per night

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack: single room occupancy supplements will apply.

    Postage Overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

    Holiday arrival/departure dates

    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.  We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

  • Getting There

    Nearest airports are located in Newcastle and Edinburgh

    Railway stations are located in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnmouth and Morpeth.

    www.nationalrail.co.uk

    Bus stations are located in Warkworth (20 minutes ride from Alnmouth Train Station) and Bamburgh (40 minutes ride from Berwick-upon-Tweed)

    If you prefer to arrive by car, we can advise on car parking arrangements.

    Taxis

    Berwick upon Tweed to Warkworth         (approx.) £65.00

  • Best Time to Travel

    The bulk of this route crosses through long open stretches along the coast, and through these exposed sections you'll be walking with the prevailing wind. However we do advise bringing windproof clothing to make progress on this path a little easier.

    Average Temperatures St Cuthbert's Way                                          Average Sunshine St Cuthbert's Way                                              Average Rainfall St Cuthbert's Way

Walker Reviews of our Northumberland Cost Path Walking Holiday

Our past clients rated this walk 4.9 out of 5, read a selection of 3 reviews below.

"This is our third walk with Celtic Trails. We have done walks with other companies and Celtic Trails is the best company we’ve used. You are very responsive, through (a taxi driver told us you were the best company to deal with – others were sloppy) and provided good accommodation. We don’t have to worry about anything – everything has been taken care of."

5 out of 5

May 2016

"This was a delightful return to a lovely part of Britain, you have arranged us yet another excellent holiday. You have a real gift for choosing accommodation and your prices are more than fair. We will be back (that's a promise, not a threat)."

4.8 out of 5

August 2015

"I wanted to thank you for providing one of the very best vacations of our lives. You planned our walking infrastructure down to a "T", but always allowing us the choice of veering off from the plan. Your maps, trail books, and day-by-day destination sheets were impeccable. All we had to do was walk and find adventure. We did."

5 out of 5

September 2015

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