Northumberland Guided Walking Tour 2021

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : March to October
Start: Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland, England
End: Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Northumberland Guided Walking Tour: 7 nights based at Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Discover England’s last frontier, home to castles, never-ending seascapes and tales of border battles. Our guided walking holidays in Northumberland will introduce you to the hidden gems of this unspoilt county, including sweeping sandy beaches and the remote wild beauty of the Cheviot and Simonside Hills.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of Northumberland on foot
  • Admire sweeping seascapes from the coast of this stunning area of outstanding natural beauty
  • Head into the Cheviots to discover what makes this area so special, from the solitude of the hills to the clarity of the night sky
  • Let an experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about this stretch of the North East coast’s rich history
  • Evenings in our country house where you share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

Pick Up Location & TIme

Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RZ (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at Nether Grange
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • 5 days guided walking + 1 free day
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • Transport to and from the walks
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest railway station is Alnmouth)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect
Northumberland Guided Walking Tour Walking Grade: 1, 2, & 3.

Enjoy a full day’s walking with fellow guests and leave all the planning and navigation to us; it’s what we do best. Nobody knows the UK’s best places to walk like us. Our knowledgeable leaders make sure you’re never short of the inside story on local features, viewpoints and places of interest.

  • Unpack once
  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Choice of up to 3 walks per walking day with required transport

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. 

Walking Grades Explained:

  • Grades 1 & 2 – Leisurely walking grades
  • Grades 3 & 4 – Moderate walking grades
  • Grades 5 & 6 – Challenging walking grades
What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
Version 1 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. (D)

Accommodation: Nether Grange

Day 2Northumberland Coast South of Alnmouth

Option 1 – Falling Foss to Whitby
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 420 feet (120m)
In summary: We begin following Lovers Walk out of Alnmouth. We walk through Buston Links. This grassland is carefully managed by the National Trust you will see blooming wild flowers. Beyond the dunes, lies the southern section of Alnmouth Bay and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore accompanies you as you walk along this near deserted section of the Northumberland Coast.
Highlight: The estuary is renowned as a nature reserve and particularly for migrating waders and wildfowl that gather as autumn approaches. 

Option 2 – In the footsteps of St Oswald, a Northumbrian King
Distance: 9 miles (15km)
Ascent: 500 feet (160m)
In summary: We follow Lovers Walk out of Alnmouth village to the estuary and renowned nature reserve. There are some fantastic views from the higher path down across the Aln Estuary and the colourful houses of Alnmouth as we make our way towards Warkworth. Look out for fossilised tree stumps on the beach after we turn for Alnmouth.
Highlight: Buston Links is a haven for birds and wildflowers, the latter more so in spring and summer, the former can turn up surprises any time of the year.

Option 3 – To Warkworth and Harry Hotspur’s Castle
Distance: 11 miles (17km)
Ascent: 600 feet (200m)
In summary: Combining the Northumberland Coast Path, St Oswald’s Way and the National Cycleway, our walk heads south to Warkworth Castle. As well as the history, you’ll be rewarded with attractive coastal scenery, with plenty of wildlife and wild flowers at different times of the year. The ruined buildings alongside the coast path are the old guano sheds, built well away from the village, presumably due to the smell of this imported fertiliser.  
Highlight: Learn the history of Harry Hotspur, a member of the powerful Percy family who built Warkworth Castle.

Accommodation: Nether Grange (B, L, D)

Day 3Southwest Rural and Coastal Scenery

Option 1 – Spy Law, Riverside and Countryside
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 560 feet (180m)
In summary: After leaving Alnmouth, meander alongside the River Aln and gently ascend to Spy Law with views on all sides of the countryside. The walk continues moving seawards displaying the Northumberland coast in front of you before returning through colourful cereal fields overlooking the Aln estuary and the once port of Alnmouth towards to sea.
Highlight: A chance to appreciate the variety of scenery that Northumberland has to offer.

Option 2 – To High Buston Hamlet
Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5km)
Ascent: 600 feet (180m)
In summary: Walk around the historic village of Alnmouth and then visit the picturesque village of Lesbury before meandering alongside the River Aln. The walk gives views of countryside and coast, and passes through the Hamlet of High Buston. Learn of the links of the Buston family to King John in 1209 and the traditional “dunking” of the local freemens’ sons. The route returns through undulating countryside culminating in a sight of Alnmouth with colourful houses overlooking the estuary and the sea.
Highlight: An appreciation of how the land and seascape framed local life through the centuries.

Option 3 – Coast, Railway and River
Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)
Ascent: 750 feet (240m)
In summary: This walk gives the visitor a chance to see traditional villages and hamlets of Northumberland and learn about life in this area at various times in the past. The trail passes through green countryside with river, inland and coastal views. The Shilbottle miners’ route to the sea also forms part of this walk. The Hamlet of High Buston is visited along with the villages of Alnmouth, Lesbury and the route passes by the village of Shilbottle with substantial medieval and industrial records.
Highlight: Countryside walking steeped in history with inland and coastal views.

Accommodation: Nether Grange (B, L, D)

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. 

Accommodation: Nether Grange (B, L, D)

Day 5Along the Northumberland Coast

Option 1 – Going around the Foxton Bends
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Ascent: 450 feet (140m)
In summary: The ‘Bends’ are the meanders in the river Aln to the North of the road bridge into the village. Now managed as a nature reserve, on our walk you can explore the local landscape, discover why the most important harbour north of Newcastle completely vanished, and enjoy a walk along the finest sandy beaches in Northumberland.
Highlight: The nature reserve around the River Aln Estuary is an important place for birds, both resident and migrant throughout the year.

Option 2 – To Boulmer – A Smuggler’s Haunt
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 500 feet (140m)
In summary: A great storm in 1806 divided Alnmouth cutting off the church and arguably hastening the decline of the busy port. Our walk goes around the estuary to the pretty village of Lesbury, around Foxton Bends, down to the coast and the north to Boulmer. The return journey follows the Coast Path where amongst the dunes overlooking Alnmouth Bay, a Victorian artillery battery established by Algernon Percy, 4th Duke of Northumberland, can be seen. 
Highlight: Now a quiet fishing village, Boulmer had the reputation as a smuggler’s haven with tea being the mainstay of the illicit trade in contraband.

Option 3 – Four Northumberland Village
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Ascent: 550 feet (180m)
In summary: Alnmouth, Hipsburn, Lesbury and Boulmer, four villages with long histories on the Northumberland Coast that we visit on this coastal and countryside walk. There is Alnmouth, once a great port, Hipsburn, inseperable from Alnmouth, Lesbury with its Norman church dating back to 1147CE and the smuggler’s haunt of Boulmer. On leaving Boulmer, our route follows the Northumberland Coast Path along Foxton and Alnmouth beaches back to the country house.
Highlight: Open countryside, pretty villages, the Northumberland Coast and the River Aln Nature Reserve. 

Accommodation: Nether Grange (B, L, D)

Day 6The Northumberland Estate

Option 1 – The Lesbury Estate
Distance: 8 miles (12.5km)
Ascent: 600 feet (180m)
In summary: The Lesbury Estate, which is part of the Northumberland Estate, stretches from Lesbury to the eastern edge of Alnwick. The route enters the estate at the hamlet of Bilton and we ascend gently to reach the Aln Valley railway route which once connected Alnwick with the London Edinburgh main line railway at Alnmouth. The railway route takes the walkers past the railway depot before returning along River Aln.
Highlight: An appreciation of the Northumberland Estate and the tranquil riverside path.

Option 2 – Exploring the Northumberland Estate
Distance: 10.5 miles (16.5km)
Ascent: 880 feet (280m)
In summary: Hugh Percy the 1st Duke of Northumberland wanted to be able to see all his considerable lands easily so he built two follies to give panoramic views of his estate. This route passes along the north bank of the Aln and then ascends towards the first and less well known of his follies built in the late 17th century. Pastureland walking then leads to the eastern end of the Waterside Estate before returning along the tranquil south bank of the Aln and the hamlet of Bilton.
Highlight: The Ratcheugh Observatory creation of the 1st Duke of Northumberland.

Option 3 – The Waterside Edge
Distance: 11.5 miles (18km)
Ascent: 900 feet (280m)
In summary: Leaving Alnmouth and Lesbury and after walking north of the River Aln the route ascends to Ratcheugh Crag, site of the Ratcheugh Observatory built by the 1st Duke of Northumberland. Walking along a green lane we pass through the hamlet of Denwick and onto Denwick Bridge with views of Alnwick Castle. Entering the Waterside Estate, we walk through pastures before returning along the tranquil south bank of the Aln and the Hamlet of Bilton.
Highlight: An iconic view of Alnwick Castle.

Accommodation: Nether Grange (B, L, D)

Day 7Northumberland Coast South of Alnmouth

Option 1 – Buston Links and St Oswald’s Way
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 420 feet (120m)
In summary: A repeat from earlier in the week for 7 night guests. We begin following Lovers Walk out of Alnmouth. We walk through Buston Links, this grassland is carefully managed by the National Trust you will see blooming wild flowers. Beyond the dunes, lies the southern section of Alnmouth Bay and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore accompanies you as you walk along this near deserted section of the Northumberland Coast.
Highlight: The estuary is renowned as a nature reserve and particularly for migrating waders and wildfowl that gather as autumn approaches. 

Option 2 – In the footsteps of St Oswald, a Northumbrian King
Distance: 9 miles (15km)
Ascent: 500 feet (160m)
In summary: A repeat from earlier in the week for 7 night guests. We follow Lovers Walk out of Alnmouth village to the estuary and renowned nature reserve. There are some fantastic views from the higher path down across the Aln Estuary and the colourful houses of Alnmouth as we make our way towards Warkworth. Look out for fossilised tree stumps on the beach after we turn for Alnmouth.
Highlight: Buston Links is a haven for birds and wildflowers, the latter in Spring and Summer, the former can turn up surprises any time of the year.

Option 3 – To Warkworth and Harry Hotspur’s Castle
Distance: 11 miles (17km)
Ascent: 600 feet (200m)
In summary: A repeat from earlier in the week for 7 night guests. Combining the Northumberland Coast Path, St Oswald’s Way and the National Cycleway, our walk heads south to Warkworth Castle. As well as the history, you will be rewarded with attractive coastal scenery, with plenty of wildlife and wild flowers at different times of the year. The ruined buildings alongside the coast path are the old guano sheds, built well away from the village, presumably due to the smell of this imported fertiliser.  
Highlight: Learn the history of Harry Hotspur, a member of the powerful Percy family who built Warkworth Castle.

Accommodation: Nether Grange (B, L, D)

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
Version 1
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: March 26 $2,000 $2,280
2021: April 2 $2,000 $2,280
2021: May 7, 14, 21, 28 $2,170 $2,450
2021: June 4, 11, 18, 25 $2,170 $2,450
2021: July 2, 23 $2,170 $2,450
2021: August 13, 20, 27 $2,170 $2,450
2021: September 3 $2,170 $2,450
2021: September 24 $2,000 $2,280
2021: October 1 $2,000 $2,280

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates are in $ CAD. Rates include room upgrade (better) and membership fees. 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

This tour is also available in 3 and 4 night duration. 

This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice. Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Travel Details:
Address is: Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RZ

By Rail:
The nearest railway station is Alnmouth, on the main line between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

By Taxi:
The 1½-mile journey from Alnmouth railway station takes approximately 5 minutes. You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, Knight’s Taxis. As a guide price, it cost £6 per 4-seat taxi in 2019. 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

Knight’s Taxis*
Tel: +44 (0) 7760 751667
Email: info@knightstaxi.com
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Nether Grange Manager.
*Knight’s Taxis is not owned or managed by us.

By Car:
Take the A1 to Alnwick. Exit on the A1068 heading towards Alnwick. At the roundabout turn right (not well signed) and follow the A1068 towards Alnmouth. After 2¾ miles go straight ahead at the first roundabout then left at the second roundabout onto the B1338. Cross a bridge as you approach Alnmouth, turning right at the next roundabout, then almost immediatley left into The Wynd. Follow the one way system into Marine Road, passing the golf clubhouse on the left, and round into Northumberland Street. After 100yds turn right into the narrow Pease’s Lane. Nether Grange is on the left. Please note that Nether Grange does not have a car park, there is very limited on-street parking available on a first come basis. You can park in available slots on Marine Road, Pease’s Lane and elsewhere in town. There is a pay and display car park at the end of Marine Road.

Hotel Descriptions
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Nether Grange

Sitting pretty in the centre of the quiet harbour village of Alnmouth, Nether Grange stands in an area rich in natural beauty and historic gravitas. There are moving views of the dramatic North Sea coastline from the house too. This one-time 18th century granary was first converted into a large family home for the High Sheriff of Northumberland in the 19th century and then reimagined as a characterful hikers’ hotel. Many of the 36 bedrooms look out across the sea, while a large lounge, conservatory and adjoining bar are there to entertain you. Easily accessible from the house are the coast path while inland lies the Northumberland National Park. North are the Farne Islands and their spectacular seabird colonies and close by is Lindisfarne and its romantic castle accessible at low-tide via an ancient pilgrim’s path. Nearby too is the medieval market town of Alnwick and its eponymous castle, as well as the atmospheric ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, perched on a grassy peninsula to the south of Embbelton Bay. Best of all though is Bamburgh Castle, built to resemble a magnificent medieval fortress but actually an impressive Victorian folly.

Address: Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RZ

Room Amenities: Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the house’s smartly presented rooms up an impressive sweeping staircase. Full of warm tones or coastal colours and comfy touches they’re a great base for exploring the area. With 36 bedrooms, Nether Grange has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers.

Hotel Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, multi-purpose activity room, lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the elevated terrace gardens with a cooling drink and a cracking sea view or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet or giant chess, backed by views of the beach and sea beyond. The spick and span sky-blue painted bar with its mismatched blue and stripy seats boasts all the requisite cosiness and British bonhomie, plus a selection of local beers and your favourite tipple. Settle in.

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