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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.
 

Travel in 2020 & 2021

We are unable to take any new bookings for this holiday in 2020. If you have a booking with us, we will contact you as soon as possible.

Looking further ahead, we hope to be able to take bookings for 2021 soon.
 
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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 & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 10 April 2020 - 31 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    10 - 30 Apr 2020 £398 £225
    1 May - 20 Jun 2020 £430 £315
    21 Jun - 20 Sep 2020 £450 £335
    21 - 30 Sep 2020 £430 £315
    1 - 27 Oct 2020 £398 £225
    3rd & 4th person discount -£25
    Single traveller supplement £25

    Please note: dogs are not permitted on Inntravel holidays

    Included travel: taxi Seahouses to Beal to collect car at end of break

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

    Fenham Farm, Beal (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 21 Jun 2020 £70 £125
    22 Jun - 20 Sep 2020 £78 £140
    21 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £70 £125
    St Cuthbert's House, Seahouses (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 07 May 2020 £90 £140
    08 May - 01 Oct 2020 £90 £180
    02 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £90 £140
  • 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) £16 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest train
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Alnmouth station (0h45) £8 flexible

    Connecting travel options - via Berwick station

    Outward route Price per person Latest train
    arrival time
    taxi Berwick station to hotel (0h20) £10 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest train
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Berwick station (1h) £20 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 sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • 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.
  • Yes, absolutely. Over the years, we have arranged a great many walking holidays in the UK for customers living in the USA, Canada, Australia and beyond.

    If you've never travelled with us before, it's worth reading the web pages which explain how we can cater for customers who live outside the UK. The main thing to bear in mind is that our tour operator's licence doesn't allow us to book flights that originate outside the UK, and nor are we able to book rail travel in the UK, so we can't make travel arrangements for you, other than pre-arranging taxis between the local railway station and the accommodation – see the ‘prices & travel options’ section for the options available.

    As regards entry requirements, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. Our essential travel information page provides links to websites where you can find out about the applicable requirements, along with general official travel advice.
  • 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.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • 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 travel insurance 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 – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
  • Unfortunately not. The Inntravel team includes many dog owners, but the extra considerations – such as whether taxi firms accept dogs for transfers to the start of walks, whether routes cross private land on which dogs are not allowed, and proximity to a vet’s – would add another layer of complexity to what are already quite complex holidays.
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