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Holy Island & The Northumberland Coast

North-east England's romantic islands & coast
 
Discover Northumberland’s rich history and rugged coastline on this self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday, with luggage transported. Explore the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, visit dramatic Bamburgh castle and take a boat trip to spot seals and other coastal wildlife on the Farne Islands.
Holy Island & The Northumberland Coast. 4 nights
Holy Island & The Northumberland Coast. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in Northumberland

Northumberland was once the powerhouse of England, with saints and kings – and Viking raiders – playing important secular and religious roles in the destiny of the country. Today, peace reigns over this rural and remarkably unspoiled land, making it the perfect place for a leisurely holiday. Discover vestiges of its turbulent past in mighty castles along the coast; enjoy spectacular views of land and sea; look out for fabulous wildlife, from red squirrels in the woods to the seabirds of the islands; and savour some tasty regional cuisine.
The rewarding walking routes allow you to visit Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island, before heading inland to discover gently rolling hills and quiet woodland which hide secret caves and legends of long-distant saints. Enjoy sweeping views along the coast of oft-deserted sandy beaches and craggy islands, before reaching the fishing village of Seahouses, from where you can take a thrilling boat trip to the Farne Islands, which shelter seals, migratory puffins, terns, eider ducks and more.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    East England is less prone to rain than the west, but you should always be prepared for wet weather. The breeding season for seabirds is from spring to late summer, with large numbers of puffins on the Farne Islands between April and late July.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 6 6 8 10 14 17 19 18 16 13 9 7
    mm 55 38 48 44 51 51 52 66 55 50 60 54
  • Arrival in Beal
    Night 1: at Fenham Farm (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks from Beal: 7km or 19km (4.5 or 12 miles)

    Circular walk via St Cuthbert’s Way: 19km (12 miles), 6hrs
    We suggest a circular walk through the hamlet of Fenwick, following St Cuthbert’s Way through gentle, undulating farmland and ancient woodland, home to red squirrels, with the chance to visit St Cuthbert’s Cave. Over moors and heughs (crags), you descend past a lake, before returning across farmland to your comfortable guesthouse.

    Circular walk on Lindisfarne: 7km (4.5 miles), 2hrs
    Alternatively, tides permitting, you may prefer to visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, which you can access by car or taxi. There are several places of historic interest here, not least of which are the ruins of the priory founded by St Aidan and St Cuthbert, and the museum dedicated to the famous Lindisfarne Gospels (now in the British Musuem). We provide notes for a circular walk around the island, passing the medieval castle (redesigned by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and the gardens (laid out by Gertude Jekyll) before heading on to see the wildlife that inhabits the dunes of the northern coast.
    For those looking for a longer walk, it is possible to walk to Holy Island direct from your guesthouse (add 8km / 5 miles each way) but we do not recommend this – the three-mile walk along the causeway is uninteresting and traffic-heavy.
    Visit Holy Island and Lindisfarne on the route around Beal
    Circular walk via St Cuthbert’s Way: 19km (12 miles)
    Circular walk on Lindisfarne: 7km (4.5 miles)
  • Beal to Seahouses: 11km (7 miles), 3.5hrs
    Today’s walk begins with a short transfer to the expansive sands of Budle Bay, home to a wide variety of wading birds. From here, you walk above the sands into Bamburgh with its imposing fortress, the former royal court of King (Saint) Oswald, standing proudly before you. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the castle or to visit the small, modern museum which tells the inspiring story of local heroine Grace Darling, located across the road from the churchyard where St Aidan died. Continuing, you have a choice of routes to reach Seahouses: on the sands, if the tide is out, or through farmland along St Oswald’s Way, enjoying views of the coast on one side and over to the Cheviot Hills on the other. You have two nights in Seahouses at St Cuthbert's House.
    Beal to Seahouses: 11km (7 miles)
    The route from Beal to Seahouses - visit Bamburgh castle enroute
  • Free day in Seahouses

    Out-and-back walk from Craster to Seahouses: 17.5km (11miles), 5hrs
    Today, you may choose to catch a bus to the pretty fishing village of Craster (famous for its kippers) and return on foot to Seahouses via atmospheric Dunstanburgh Castle.

    Visit the Farne Islands
    Alternatively, you could take a boat trip to see the seals and seabirds on the Farne Islands (pay locally; weather dependent).

    Explore Alnwick
    Yet another option is to take the bus to explore historic Alnwick, with its magnificent castle and beautiful gardens.   
    Take a boat to the Farne Islands
    Out-and-back walk from Craster to Seahouses: 17.5km (11miles)
    Puffins on the Farne Islands
 

Accommodation

You stay at two small guesthouses; as each only has a handful of rooms, we recommend booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 12 April - 29 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    12 April - 6 May £390 £225
    7 May - 23 June £425 £315
    24 June - 22 September £445 £330
    23 - 27 September £425 £315
    28 September - 25 October £390 £225
    3rd & 4th person discount -£25
    Single traveller supplement £25

    Please note: dogs are not permitted on Inntravel holidays

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Fenham Farm, Beal (B&B) Double room Single room
    12 Apr - 23 Jun 2019 £65 £117
    24 Jun - 22 Sep 2019 £74 £134
    23 Sep - 27 Oct 2019 £65 £117
    St Cuthbert's House, Seahouses (B&B) Double room Single room
    12 Apr - 09 May 2019 £78 £128
    10 May - 29 Sep 2019 £88 £176
    30 Sep - 29 Oct 2019 £78 £128
  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - via Alnmouth

    Outward route Price per person Latest train
    arrival time
    taxi Alnmouth station to hotel (0h45) £18 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest train
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Alnmouth station (0h45) £10 flexible

    Connecting travel options - via Berwick station

    Outward route Price per person Latest train
    arrival time
    taxi Berwick station to hotel (0h20) £8 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest train
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Berwick station (1h) £16 flexible
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 2 picnics
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer back to first accommodation to pick up car
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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