St Oswald’s Way is a fine long-distance walking route taking in some of the most stunning and historically interesting places in Northumberland. This part of the route explores the coastal section of the trail from its northerly start point on Lindisfarne (Holy Island) to Warkworth where the inland section begins. Linking places associated with 7th century King Oswald, this holiday offers the opportunity to enjoy world class coastal scenery, plentiful wildlife, pretty fishing villages and evocative castle ruins. We walk 46.5 miles over 5 days – the longest day is 11.5 miles and the shortest 6 miles with little ascent throughout. We will be based in Bamburgh with its imposing castle and stunning sandy beach.
Price includes: 6 nights full board in twin ensuite rooms; all transport to walks. Single rooms available from £12.50 per night supplement.
Itinerary (subject to change)
Saturday Arrive any time from 2pm. Meet at hotel at 5pm for a holiday briefing with your guide before having dinner at around 7pm.
Sunday : 10.5 miles walk, 172m of ascent. Depart for the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to catch the tide. Set off along the ancient Pilgrim Path, three miles across the mud flats to the mainland. Best to walk in old walking boots or bare feet! Once on the mainland we walk on undulating tracks through woodland and over fields to Swinhoe Farm, from where we will be picked up by taxi and will return to the hotel for dinner.
Monday : 8.5 miles, 105m of ascent. Walk from Swinhoe Farm to Bamburgh via the little village of Belford. Our path gives us views across the beautiful Budle Bay with its abundant bird life. We reach the coast near Harkness Rocks and walk along the sands into the stunning village of Bamburgh, passing below the dramatic castle.
Tuesday : 10 miles, 38m of ascent. We set off from Bamburgh, along the sandy beach and gentle dunes to the hamlet of Low Newton by the Sea with its cosy pub. On the way, we pass through the picturesque seaside fishing villages of Seahouses and Beadnell. The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty spans the whole coastline.
Wednesday : 11.5 miles, 90m of ascent. We walk from Low Newton to Alnmouth, a lovely place with a quiet, gentle feel, situated between the banks of the River.Aln and the sea. On our way, we take in the stunning coastal landscape, passing the poetic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, the small fishing village of Craster, where kippers are still smoked, and the hamlets of Howick and Boulmer.
Thursday : 6 miles, 30m of ascent. On our last day of St Oswald’s Way, we walk along the sandy beach and dunes from Alnmouth to the small town of Warkworth, passing through the Alnmouth Dunes and Salt Marsh Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Friday : For those of you who would like to stay for the morning, there will be an optional short walk exploring the flowers found in the sand dunes at Bamburgh. The walk will finish at around 12:30.
During the holiday there are likely to be opportunities for a quick swim in the sea.