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
  • £460

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 2 people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Warkworth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

Length: 62 miles/ 99.5 km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Code
Duration
From
NCC1
7 Nights / 6 Days
£625 pp

Warkworth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

7 Nights / 6 Days
Holiday Code: NCC1
From: £625 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £40 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £35 (pn)
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 Fenhamhill7.5 miles/12km
Day 7:Fenhamhill to Berwick-upon-Tweed11 miles/17.5km
Day 8:Depart Berwick-upon-Tweed

Itinerary Information: 7 nights accommodation with 6 walking days. Arrive in Warkworth on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Berwick-Upon-Tweed on morning of day 8.

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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NCC2
6 Nights / 5 Days
£540 pp

Warkworth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

6 Nights / 5 Days
Holiday Code: NCC2
From: £540 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £40 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £35 (pn)
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 Fenhamhill14.5 miles/23.5km
Day 6:Fenhamhill to Berwick-upon-Tweed11 miles/17.5km
Day 7:Depart Berwick-upon-Tweed

Itinerary Information: 6 nights accommodation with 5 walking days. Arrive in Warkworth on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Berwick-Upon-Tweed on morning of day 7.

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

Length: 62 miles/ 99.5 km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Code
Duration
From
NCC3
5 Nights / 4 Days
£460 pp

Alnmouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

5 Nights / 4 Days
Holiday Code: NCC3
From: £460 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £40 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £35 (pn)
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 Fenhamhill18.5 miles/30km
Day 5:Fenhamhill to Berwick-upon-Tweed11 miles/17.5km
Day 6:Depart Berwick-upon-Tweed

Itinerary Information: 5 nights accommodation with 4 walking days. Arrive in Alnmouth on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Berwick-Upon-Tweed on morning of day 6.

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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Classic Plus: Warkworth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

Length: 62 miles/ 99.5 km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Code
Duration
From
NCC4
7 Nights / 6 Days
£725 pp

Classic Plus: Warkworth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

7 Nights / 6 Days
Holiday Code: NCC4
From: £725 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £40 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £35 (pn)
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 Fenhamhill7.5 miles/12km
Day 7:Fenhamhill to Berwick-upon-Tweed11 miles/17.5km
Day 8:Depart Berwick-upon-Tweed

Itinerary Information: 7 nights accommodation with 6 walking days. Arrive in Warkworth on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Berwick-Upon-Tweed on morning of day 8.

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.

    Solo walker supplement: £40 per night

    Single occupancy supplement within a group: £35 per night. Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack, single room occupancy supplements apply.

    Rest days: From £52.50 per person per night.

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

    Bank holidays & short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Recommended locations for a rest day are:-

    Seahouses for Farne Islands

    Bamburgh

    Fenwick for Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

    Berwick-upon-Tweed

  • 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 4.7 out of 5; read a selection of 11 reviews below.

All accommodation excellent. Very efficient. A good break.

5 out of 5

July 2019

We would recommend Celtic Trails to a friend - friendly and comprehensive service. The NCP has very beautiful scenery - the sandy beaches, the dunes, amazing wild flowers and birds. Excellent and not too hilly. And of course we had excellent weather. In retrospect, it would have been good to have had at least one extra day - Holy Island or Farne Islands, but we did not have time to spare for that.

5 out of 5

June 2019

Easy booking; taking care of you when arriving by train; very good B&B choices.

4.4 out of 5

May 2019

We most enjoyed the spectacular scenery and the friendly reception at the guest houses.

5 out of 5

October 2018

We have walked with you several times and you met our expectations again. We most enjoyed the sea, the sun, the wood, the fresh air and the flowers.

5 out of 5

August 2018

Organization, transfers of luggage and taxis etc all good. Thanks.

4 out of 5

August 2018

I have walked with you a few times before and you met my expectations again. I loved the massive beaches.

4.5 out of 5

July 2018

An excellent job done.

4.3 out of 5

June 2018

"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

"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

"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

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