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Northumberland Experience; Coast, Castles & Gardens

Walking and sightseeing amongst the rugged coast, ancient castles and charming gardens of Northumberland - an area steeped in history and natural beauty.

  • Northumberland

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board
  • Culture

    Coast & Islands


  • Jul


  • Average group size: 12-14


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Walking grade

Grade 4

Usually, your walk will take up the whole day at a moderate pace. Terrain will often be hilly and paths generally good. Note that on holidays in mountainous areas, expect some rougher paths. An average walk length is 6 miles but expect this to vary from as little as 3 miles on a sightseeing day and up to 10 miles on a full day dependant on the amount of ascent and decent required.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 500m; Terrain: sometimes hilly and undulating on good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s key walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".


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Meticulously curated, guided walking holiday itineraries that delve into the culture, wildlife, cuisine, and rich history of the world.


Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the best of this wild Scottish border county.
  • Visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
  • Admire the natural and industrial wonder of Cragside.
  • Stroll through the remarkable Alnwick Garden.

These coastal walks in Northumberland promise to invigorate your senses. In this northern realm, the air is crisp and pure, the sky a canvas of swift-moving clouds, while the sun's touch paints endless, deserted beaches in a striking natural tableau.

From the sweeping emerald slopes of the Cheviot Hills to the broad stretches of sandy shores along the Northumberland Coast Path, this region is a tapestry of awe-inspiring landscapes, each one more captivating than the last. Over five days, you'll trace rugged craggy trails, cross golden sand dunes, and traverse the dramatic expanse of the Northumberland National Park.

You'll also meander along the best segments of St Cuthbert’s Way. This cross-border route unites two landmarks intimately connected with the iconic religious figure: Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

Your holiday is expertly balanced, seamlessly blending days of invigorating walks with moments of enchanting sightseeing. Along the way, you'll encounter the ancient fortifications of Lindisfarne, the weathered ruins of Dunstanburgh, and the imposing majesty of Bamburgh Castle.

In 2024, the first two departures will be hosted at a centrally located hotel in Alnwick, while the subsequent departures will call the charming town of Wooler home. Get ready for an unforgettable journey through one of England's most breath-taking coastal regions.

  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • Entrance fees to Alnwick Castle, The Alnwick Garden and Bamburgh Castle
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach
  • Services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fee to Cragside (free to National Trust Members)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance

Holiday Information

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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day




Independent arrival at the Tankerville Arms Hotel in Wooler. Check in is from 2pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner. All evening meals throughout your holiday will be taken in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2

Coastal path from Craster to Boulmer via Dunstanburgh Castle


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Today you'll walk on the Northumberland Coastal Path from Craster, via Dunstanborough Castle to Boulmer. You will also explore the charming Alnwick Castle and The Alnwick Garden (entrance fees included).

After a short detour to the magnificent ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle standing on a remote headland in a naturally defensive position, you will head north along the Northumberland Coastal Path from Craster to Boulmer. Craster, a small fishing village famous for its kippers, still smoked in the village smokery today. 

The Northumberland coastal path affords superb coastal views, walking on beaches, minor roads, tracks and permissive paths, generally level with very few steep climbs. Today's walk is completed in the tiny fishing village of Boulmer, which was once the hang out of pirates and smugglers crossing the border to and from Scotland with their ill gotten gains.

Day 3

Holburn to Fenwick (along St Cuthberts Way) & Holy Island


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Walking on St Cuthbert's Way past St Cuthbert's Cave and through Kylow Woods to Fenwick. This walk crosses undulating country to a sandstone ridge and St Cuthbert's Cave, an overhanging outcrop of sandstone where monks carrying St Cuthbert's body from Lindisfarne took refuge according to legend. There are wonderful views of the Cheviots, Glendale, Lindisfarne, Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands.

There will also be the chance to visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, home of the great Benedictine abbey where St Cuthbert was once the Bishop.

Day 4

Wooler to Hethpool & Bamburgh Castle


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Crossing the Cheviot Hills you will walk from Wooler Common to the estate village of Hethpool in the College Valley. Following St Cuthbert’s way the path ascends gently and then descends into the beautiful College valley, a wonderful walk, great views in tranquil hill country.

We also include a visit to Bamburgh Castle today (entrance fee included); the Kingdom of Northumbria’s epicentre and home of the Armstrong family since 1894. Crowning nine acres of the Great Whin Sill, Bamburgh Castle has stood guard above the Northumberland coast for thousands of years. Discover a castle like no other and find out why Bamburgh Castle truly is England’s finest coastal fortress.

Day 5

Lordenshaw to Cragside via Rothbury


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.25 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


A walk from Lordenshaw to the attractive village of Rothbury and the National Trust's magnificent Cragside Estate, which will include a walk on the estate's hiking trails with time to visit the house too. 

The entry fee to Cragside is not included in the holiday price but if you have National Trust membership, the entrance is free of charge entry so please don't forget your membership card.

Day 6

Departure day



Independent departure from the Tankerville Arms after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. 

We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

13th Jul 2024 - 18th Jul 2024 (5 Nights)

14th Sep 2024 - 19th Sep 2024 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

Private coach transport to and from the trailheads and sightseeing sites, is included.


Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

The Tankerville Arms Hotel

We stay in a former 18th century coaching inn, the privately owned Tankerville Arms Hotel, ten minutes’ walk from the centre of Wooler; a market town dating back to the 13th century.

This traditional three-star walker friendly hotel offers comfortable facilities, hearty pub-style food and a warm welcome from its friendly managers and staff. Whilst the hotel is more traditional with individually styled bedrooms, it can be described as 'quirky' but it is full of character, unlike a lot of modern chain hotels. We like to be able to offer our clients a privately owned hotel, full of character in a location where accommodation for groups is difficult to come by. It is down to personal taste, but you may think the decor in the building is 'old fashioned' but it is clean, and you will receive a good personable service from its friendly staff. 

All bedrooms include en-suite bathrooms (with shower and/or bath), a TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Whilst the hotel's website describes all bedrooms as having free Wi-Fi, we say that connection depending on the location of the room can be very patchy and you may only get Wi-Fi in communal parts of the building. 

If you are driving to Wooler, then the hotel has a large free of charge car park. 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

Usually, your walk will take up the whole day at a moderate pace. Terrain will often be hilly and paths generally good. Note that on holidays in mountainous areas, expect some rougher paths. An average walk length is 6 miles but expect this to vary from as little as 3 miles on a sightseeing day and up to 10 miles on a full day dependant on the amount of ascent and decent required.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 500m; Terrain: sometimes hilly and undulating on good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s key walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

Walks & Excursions

Flowers & Gardens

We believe that the best flower holidays are the ones where you not only get to see a dazzling variety of blooms in their natural environments – but also where your travelling companions share the same passion for the natural world as you do. For those with an interest in parks and gardens this range of holidays will lead you to those destinations which either are synonymous with flora, famous for their national parks or boast stunning private and public gardens. Spring and early summer are ideal times to enjoy blooming landscapes. A flower holiday with us follows an unhurried pace allowing plenty of time for your photographs. 

On this holiday we include an afternoon visit to The Alnwick Garden - a multi-award winning visitor attraction, home to the world's largest Tai Haku Cherry Orchard and a grand cascade comprising 120 water jets. There is also the Formal Garden to explore at the National Trust property of Cragside, which covers three acres of impressive gardens over three levels.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. 


In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.


This tour is offered on a half board basis with breakfast and dinner served primarily in the hotel. Lunches are not included and at your own cost.

Footwear & Kit List


Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

The walks mentioned above are covered by the following maps:

Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25,000 Series
340 Holy Island and Bamburgh
332 Alnwick and Amble 
OL 16 The Cheviot Hills
OL 42 Kielder Water and Forest

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.


Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.


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