Walking Northumberland’s Finest Landscapes

From Holy Island to Heavenfield, our St Oswald’s Way walking holidays link historical sites across the Northumberland coast associated with the early 7th century king, highlighting some of the best features of North Eastern scenery in the heather clad moors, impressive castles, genteel towns and fishing communities found along the route.

Highlights
  • The holy island of Lindisfarne – where Oswald established his monastery
  • Bamburgh – Oswald’s royal capital and location of the famous castle, overlooking the coast
  • Heavenfield – the location where Oswald defeated the Pagan kings of Gwynedd to regain his father’s kingdom
  • Encounter beautifully preserved castles, quaint fishing villages and gorgeous stretches of golden sand
  • The ruined priory and Lindisfarne Castle located on Holy Island
  • Hadrian’s Wall and Heavenfield
  • Quaint rural villages such as Craster and Rothbury
  • 9 to 10 nights
  • 97 mls (view km)
  • Holy Island, Northern England
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £760

Explore the Unspoilt English Countryside

St Oswald was an early advocate of Christianity who played a major role in bringing the religion to the people of England. Whilst following the history of England's conversion to Christianity, you'll cross paths with traditional villages, picturesque seaside towns and the quaint countryside scenery that makes up the quiet beauty of the Northumberland coast.

St Oswald’s Way walks are straightforward and allow you to explore some of Northumberland’s most fascinating landscapes. The highest point is just over 300m (990ft), making St Oswald’s Way a great choice for all fitness ability levels.

Invigorating walks out in the open air enable walkers to explore the unspoilt English countryside on foot. Our St Oswald’s Way route in particular will take you through heather-clad moors, across impressive fortresses Highlights of the St Oswald’s Way walk include:

Celtic Trails - Personalised St Oswald’s Way Walking Holidays

With over 20 years of experience, we are the UK’s premier walking specialists. We cater to walkers of all ability levels and offer bespoke experiences to please the individual. Whether you’re looking for a short break or a long-distance walking holiday-we can tailor our trips to suit you.

Reach us by telephone on 01291 689774 or fill in an enquiry form to begin your adventure.

Path Walkthrough

St Oswald's Way walk map
Our St Oswald's Way walking route takes you from Holy Island to Heavenfield

The route itself begins with a re-tracing of the final section of St Cuthbert's Way, crossing the causeway at low tide, before heading inland through Fenwick and up hill into the Shiellow Woods. Much of the route continues in this fashion, with long sections spent along the coast across sand dunes and harbourside paths before walking inland and rejoining the shoreline and seaside towns at a later section.

Over a quarter of the county region is protected as Northumberland National Park, preventing large-scale agriculture or development from building on the outstanding landscapes of the area. As such, you'll find that the inland sections on this route are fairly remote places to walk in, and where the country has been left to its own devices the terrain can be wild, with sustained ascents and descents underfoot.

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Our St Oswald's Way Walking Itineraries

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

Holy Island (Lindisfarne) to Heavenfield

Length: 97 miles/156 km | Difficulty: Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
SOW110 nights, 9 days£840 (pp)View Itinerary
SOW29 nights, 8 days£760 (pp)View Itinerary

Holy Island (Lindisfarne) to Heavenfield

Ten nights, Nine days
Price: £840 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: SOW1
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Lindisfarne (Holy Island)
Day 2:Lindisfarne (Holy Island) to Belford12 miles/19.2km
Day 3:Belford to Seahouses11 miles/17.6km
Day 4:Seahouses to Craster10 miles/16km
Day 5:Craster to Warkworth13.5 miles/21.6km
Day 6:Warkworth to Weldon Bridge11.5 miles/18.4km
Day 7:Weldon Bridge to Rothbury6.5 miles/10.4km
Day 8:Rothbury to Knowesgate13.5 miles/21.6km
Day 9:Knowesgate to Great Whittington12 miles/19.2km
Day 10:Great Whittington to Wall8.5 miles/13.6km
Day 11:Depart Wall

Itinerary Information: Ten nights accommodation with nine walking days. Arrive on Holy island on day one, walk from day two and leave Heavenfield on morning of day eleven

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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Holy Island (Lindisfarne) to Heavenfield

Nine nights, Eight days
Price: £760 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: SOW2
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Lindisfarne
Day 2:Lindisfarne to Belford12 miles/19.2km
Day 3:Belford to Seahouses11 miles/17.6km
Day 4:Seahouses to Craster10 miles/16km
Day 5:Craster to Warkworth13.5 miles/21.6km
Day 6:Warkworth to Rothbury18 miles/28.8km
Day 7:Rothbury to Knowesgate13.5 miles/21.6km
Day 8:Knowesgate to Great Whittington12 miles/19.2km
Day 9:Great Whittington to Wall8.5 miles/13.6km
Day 10:Depart Wall

Itinerary Information: Nine nights accommodation with eight days. Arrive on Holy Island on day one, start waklking from morning of day two and leave Heavenfield on morning of day ten

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?

    We include:

    • 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 20 kg per bag)
    • Personal transfers between the accommodation and path where necessary
    • Route planning
    • Walk pack including Trail Guide and OS mapping, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning.
  • Price Info.

    Rest Days:

    From £47.50 pp per night

    From £52.50 pp per night (Holy Island)

    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

  • Getting There

    Nearest airports are located in Newcastle and Edinburgh

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

    The closest train station to the start of the path is at Berwick-upon-Tweed which links with bus services seasonally to Holy Island. Alternatively, we recommend you take a taxi from Berwick.

    The closest train station to the end of the path is at Hexham.

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

  • Best Time to Walk

    The Northumbrian coast experiences relatively low rainfall, although the North East of England is one of the coldest regions of the country, with inland sections invariably covered with snow each winter. March to October is our general guideline for a walk that experiences cold winters and takes place through isolated stretches of English countryside.

    Average sunshine graph, walking St Oswalds Way, Northumberland                                                 Weather for walking in Northumberland, rainfall                                         Northumberland walking temperatures, walking St Oswald's way

Walker Reviews of Our St Oswalds Way Walking Holidays

Our past clients rated this walk 4.7 out of 5, read a selection of 2 reviews below.

"Thank-you, we have thoroughly enjoyed our walk, the personal touch given by yourselves & the hospitality of the B&B owners."

5 out of 5

September 2018

"The organisation on behalf of Celtic Trails was exemplary and all the B&B's were very good."

4.4 out of 5

August 2017

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