9 to 10 nights
97 mls (km)
Northern England
Mar to Oct

Walking Northumberland’s Finest Landscapes

  • 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

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.

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

Path Walkthrough

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.

Our St. Oswald’s Way Itineraries

  • Lindisfarne (Holy Island) to Wall
    Distance: 97 miles (156km)
    10 Nights, 9 Days
    from £985 pp
    SOW1 ~ Lindisfarne (Holy Island) to Wall ~ 10 / 9 classic
    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

    or ask us a question
    What's Included:
    9 walking days
    10 nights accommodation
    10 breakfasts
    9 Nights, 8 Days
    from £895 pp
    SOW2 ~ Lindisfarne (Holy Island) to Wall ~ 9 / 8 classic
    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

    or ask us a question
    What's Included:
    8 walking days
    9 nights accommodation
    9 breakfasts
    • 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.

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

    Our St. Oswald’s Way holidays are available to walk March to October.

    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.

    Nearest airports are located in Newcastle and Edinburgh

     Railway stations are located in Berwick-upon-TweedAlnmouth 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.

    Looking for different mileages or a different number of nights? Please contact us to discuss how our itineraries can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us here.

    St. Oswald’s Way Client Reviews

    4.6/5 based on 4 reviews
    Efficient and friendly service. Good accommodation.
    - June 2021
    Very well organised, prompt, efficient, good value. This holiday helped to clear / unclutter the mind.
    - October 2020
    Thank you. We have thoroughly enjoyed our walk - especially the personal touch given by yourselves and the hospitality of the B&B owners.
    - September 2018
    "The organisation on behalf of Celtic Trails was exemplary and all the B&B's were very good."
    - August 2017
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