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4, 5 or 8 Days / 3, 4 or 7 Nights
Availability : March to November
Start: Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland, England
End: Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Northumberland Self-Guided Walking Tour: 3, 4 or 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.

Enjoy a break on the Northumberland Coast with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect self-guided walking holiday. Nether Grange – our historic 4-star country house – is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. It’s in a glorious location, just a stone’s throw from the beach at Alnmouth, with sea views. Enjoy hearty local food, make use of our detailed walk notes and maps and see what you can discover along Northumberland’s wild and wonderful coast.

Northumberland Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Head out on any of our 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
  • Use of our Discovery Point, stocked with maps and detailed walk directions for exploring the local area
  • 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
  • Visit nearby Alnwick Castle
  • Explore the coast by bike
  • See the amazing wildlife on the Farne Islands

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)
  • Use of Discovery Point Library at the country house - stocked with maps, walks and local area information
  • Free time to explore the area

Meals

All meals from dinner on arrival day, to breakfast on departure day
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch
  • Daily dinner
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest train station is Alnmouth)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Local expenses such as transportation
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Go where you want, when you want. Take a relaxing stroll or try something more challenging. All our country houses have a Discovery Point with maps, guidebooks and local walks directions to help you tailor your stay.

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
Northumberland Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3

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
Itinerary

Arrival Day

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

Accommodation: Nether Grange (D)

Free Days

Check out the Discovery Point Library at the country house – stocked with maps, walks and local area information. 

For stays of 3 nights, you will have 2 days at your choice.

For stays of 4 nights, you will have 3 days at your choice.

For stays of 7 nights, you will have 6 days at your choice.

Accommodation: Nether Grange (B, L, D)

Departure Day

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

Local Area

NorthumberlandNether Grange

Nether Grange sits right at the heart of the historic coastal village of Alnmouth. Located right on the North Sea coast there is a sweeping sandy beach and a small tidal harbour. Facilities include a handful of small shops, pubs and cafés.
A wider range of facilities, including shops, supermarkets, banks and chemists can be found in Alnwick, the nearest town. Alnwick is about four miles inland and is connected to Alnmouth by regular buses.

Alnwick Castle

The huge Norman Alnwick Castle is a big attraction and has gained increased interest since being used as
‘Hogwarts Castle’ in the Harry Potter films and as Brancaster Castle in two Downton Abbey Christmas specials. It was also used as a location in the first series of Blackadder. The castle has been home to the Percy family for over 700 years and today is home to Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Norhtumberland. Alnwick is just 10 to 15 minutes’ drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the hourly X18 bus.

The Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden has been created by the current Duchess of Northumberland. The gardens have the
largest collection of European plants in the UK and the largest Japanese Cherry Orchard in the World. There are water features, sculptures and a small Poison Garden filled exclusively with toxic, intoxicating and narcotic plants (open for guided tours only!). There is also a bamboo labyrinth, large rose garden and a treehouse where you can eat refreshments 18 metres above the ground!

Bamburgh Castle

Owned by the Armstrong family since the 1750s, Bamburgh Castle occupies a splendid position above the
sweeping sands of the North Sea coast. Bamburgh is 35 minutes’ drive from Alnmouth, and can also be
reached using the 501 local bus which runs every other hour.

Farne Islands

Take a boat trip (weather permitting) from Seahouses to the Farne Islands; one of the best places in Britain to view seals and puffins. Seahouses is around 45 minutes’ drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the 501 bus.

Lindisfarne

English Christianity was born in 7th century Northumberland and Lindisfarne Priory is its oldest major site, dating from 635AD. It is located on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, cut off by the tides twice a day (make sure that you check the tide times before you visit). The Heritage Centre tells the stories of St Aidan, St Cuthbert and St Bede and displays the 8th century Lindisfarne Gospels in electronic form. Holy Island is set in the heart of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve – an internationally important area for migratory waterfowl; visit in autumn or winter to see them in large numbers. Lindisfarne is just under an hour’s drive from Alnmouth.

Warkworth Castle

Warkworth Castle, a few miles to the south of Alnmouth, towers over a bend in the River Coquet and the
picturesque town of Warkworth. Warkworth is just 10 minutes’ drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the 518 bus.

Cragside House

Built by Victorian industrial magnate William Armstrong, Cragside House was hugely innovative and was the first house in Britain to be lit by electric light. Now managed by the National Trust, the house and gardens are a fascinating visit. Cragside is around 40 minutes’ drive from Alnmouth.

Seaton Delaval Hall

Seaton Delaval Hall is a fine stately home, designed by John Vambrugh and completed in 1728. Following an extensive fundraising appeal it was purchased by the National Trust. The hall is around 40 minutes’ drive from Alnmouth.

Hadrian’s Wall

Around 1½ hours drive from Nether Grange, Hadrian’s Wall remains a powerful symbol of the Roman Empire. The most dramatic section is from Once Brewed to Housteads Roman Fort and a walk here enables you to see some of the best-preserved sections at close quarters. Two museums of note are the Roman Army Museum near Walltown where you can gain an insight into the daily lives of Roman soldiers, and Vindolanda Roman Fort with its collection of rare Roman artefacts.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is very accessible for a day trip. Catch the train from nearby Alnmouth station for the scenic 1-hour journey to the Scottish capital. You’ll arrive in the heart of the city centre with numerous museums, shops and galleries, plus the famous castle all within easy walking distance.

Barter Books

Barter Books has been dubbed the British Library of secondhand bookshops and is located in a handsome old Victorian railway station in Alnwick.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The vibrant city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne is always bustling with activity and is famed for its shopping and lively nightlife. The new Baltic Arts Centre and the Sage Gallery in nearby Gateshead are well worth a visit. Newcastle is just under an hour’s drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached by hourly local bus.

Dates and Prices
3 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: March 18, 25 $800 $920
2022: April 15, 22 $890 $1,010
2022: April 29 $930 $1,050
2022: October 7, 14, 21 $890 $1,010
2022: October 28 $800 $920
2022: November 11 $800 $920
4 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: March 21, 28 $1,000 $1,160
2022: April 18, 25 $1,150 $1,270
2022: May 2 $1,240 $1,360
2022: October 10, 17, 24 $1,150 $1,270
2022: October 31 $1,000 $1,160
7 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: March 18 $1,700 $1,980
2022: April 1 $1,700 $1,980
2022: April 15 $1,900 $2,180
2022: April 29 $2,100 $2,380
2022: May 6, 20 $2,100 $2,380
2022: June 3, 10, 17, 24 $2,100 $2,380
2022: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 $2,100 $2,380
2022: August 5, 12, 19, 26 $2,100 $2,380
2022: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 $2,100 $2,380
2022: October 7, 14, 21 $1,900 $2,180
2022: October 28 $1,700 $1,980
2022: November 4 $1,700 $1,980

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.

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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