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Northumberland's Coast and Castles

Explore Northumberland, England's northernmost county, with its diverse landscapes, captivating gardens, and picturesque coastline. Stay in the heart of this enchanting region, a short drive from the Northumberland National Park, for a seamless and rejuvenating exploration of moorlands, rolling hills, and inviting beaches, complemented by charming towns and villages.

  • Northumberland

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board
  • Culture

    Coast & Islands

  • Jul

    Sep

Leisurely

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Adagio Collection

The perfect blend of guided shorter walks, sightseeing trips, and quality accommodation for a more leisurely way to discover the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Breath-taking landscapes-Immerse yourself in Northumberland's diverse and captivating landscapes, ranging from the dramatic moorlands and rolling hills to the picturesque coastline and inviting beaches.
  • Explore the birthplace of Capability Brown, the renowned landscape architect.
  • Unfold the rich history of Alnwick with a visit to its incredible castle, where grandeur meets history.
  • Stay in a cosy 300-year-old coaching inn nestled in the heart of Alnwick.

Nestled in the North East of England, Northumberland stands as the northernmost county, boasting an array of captivating landscapes that includes moorland, rolling hills, picturesque coastline, and inviting beaches, all punctuated by charming towns and character-filled villages.

A haven for garden and flower enthusiasts, Northumberland, the birthplace of renowned landscape architect Capability Brown, invites you to explore stunning stately homes and their exceptional gardens. Immerse yourself in the beauty of well-designed landscapes and vibrant blooms.

The vast open spaces of Northumberland offer a breath of the freshest air, creating an idyllic setting to pause and rejuvenate. From dramatic, rugged hills to expansive sandy beaches, this region exudes natural splendor that captivates the soul.

In the historic town of Alnwick, our visit unfolds amidst the grandeur of its incredible castle, complemented by leisurely strolls and the opportunity to delve into the world of literature at the popular Barter Books, all while basking in the warmth of an open fire.

We stay at a charming 300-year-old coaching inn in the heart of Alnwick, provide a cosy retreat. Daily journeys of less than 30 minutes, facilitated by private coach transport, allow us to seamlessly explore the wonders of Northumberland. Gentle walks are woven into the itinerary, offering a chance to absorb the beauty of Northumberland and its heritage coastline.

With your leader expertly orchestrating the schedule, all you need to do is be in the right place at the right time, ensuring a stress-free experience that allows you to fully relax and savour the stunning scenery of Northumberland. Embark on a journey where every step reveals the natural and historical treasures of this enchanting English county.

  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary.
  • Entrances fees to the sites visited in the programme (except for Wallington)
  • All local tips.
  • Services of an Adagio Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fee to Wallington which is free for National Trust members
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

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

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Check in at The White Swan is from 3:00pm. You can make use of the hotel facilities before you all meet at approximately 6.30pm before your evening meal.

Day 2

Howick Hall Gardens & Craster

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    189/214m

The garden at Howick Hall is the destination for the morning. After refreshments in the Earl Grey Teahouse, you walk for around 90 minutes along the coastal path to the attractive harbour village of Craster with stunning views of Dunstanburgh Castle along the way.

Day 3

Alnwick Castle & Gardens

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    Sightseeing hours

  • Distance

    Minimal miles

Arrive in Alnwick to spend time at your leisure visiting Alnwick Castle. Your entrance fee will also include a visit to The Alnwick Garden where you can also spend some time. There may be an afternoon garden tour available which you could join. If time allows, you can spend some time enjoying the historic market town and perhaps visit the popular Barter Books.

Day 4

Bamburgh Castle & walking the Northumberland Coast

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    40/50m

You start the day in Bamburgh village and spend time visiting Bamburgh Castle. The afternoon is on the coast, where your leader will walk you along the huge stretch of sandy beach between the village of Bamburgh, with views of the iconic Bamburgh Castle to Seahouses, a gateway to the Farne Islands. You will take in the outstanding views, crashing waves and ‘Big Skies’ as you reach the harbour. The coastline is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Day 5

National Trust's Wallington Estate

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    30m

The day will be spent at the National Trust property of Wallington, where your leader will provide a guided circular walk in the large grounds. There are tea rooms, shop, a spectacular walled garden with a glass house and the house with various collections. If a guided garden tour can be provided by National Trust (suspended in 2023), then we will offer this to you. 

In the afternoon, an optional circular walk will be offered to further explore the estate grounds in search of elusive red squirrels and otters.

Day 6

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Departure day and farewell to your leader and other group members. Check out of the hotel is by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon. 


The cost of entry to Wallington is not included in the holiday cost as this is a National Trust property, so you may have membership which can get you free of charge entry.

Departure dates for your selected tour

15th Jul 2024 - 20th Jul 2024 (5 Nights)

16th Sep 2024 - 21st Sep 2024 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

Check-in at the hotel is from 3:00pm. Your leader will meet with you prior to your evening dinner for a group welcome meeting. 

To reach the hotel by car: 

From the North

Take the A1 south until you pick up signs for Alnwick, B1340. Branch left and then at the T-junction turn right onto the B1340 entering Alnwick. At the T-junction, turn right and proceed under the archway and the hotel is located directly on the right hand side.

From the South

Take the A1 north until you pick up signs for Alnwick, A1068. Bear left on to A1068 and continue to Oaks roundabout. Take second left off the roundabout and proceed to the marked town centre. On entering the town centre go under the archway and the hotel is located directly on the right hand side. (2 minutes from the A1)

To reach the hotel by rail: 

Take the train along the East Coastline mainline to Alnmouth station. This is approximately 5 miles from the hotel.

Northumberland by air: 

Newcastle International Airport is just 35 minutes from the hotel 

Parking

There are 27 free car parking spaces located at the rear of the hotel available to guests on a first come first served basis. Should the car park be full on arrival to the hotel, there are two large public car parks to the rear of the hotel which guests can use. It is free of charge to park in these public car parks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

An excellent website to assist in your travel plans is Rome2Rio.

Accommodation

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 White Swan

*New hotel for 2024*

The White Swan is located at the heart of the small, historic market town of Alnwick, a short distance from Alnwick Castle and Gardens, offering 56 bedrooms, a bar/bistro and restaurant. The property is a charming 300 year old coaching inn which has recently undergone a tasteful refurbishment. 

Classic ensuite hotel room facilities include:

  • Flat screen television with Freeview 
  • Hairdryer 
  • Direct dial telephone 
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Iron & ironing board 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

The bedrooms we offer on this holiday are the 'Classic' standard, however the hotel also offers Superior rooms, Suites and Four Poster Suites. If you would like a room upgrade, please let us know and we can enquire with the hotel. All single rooms are double rooms for sole occupancy which offer plenty of space. 

Dinner each evening will be taken in the hotel's Olympic Restaurant where the head chef and his team have put together seasonally-changing menus using fresh, local produce and offering a wide range of dishes. The interior of the restaurant is a wonderful sight - you are surrounded by the original panelling, mirrors, the ceiling and fireplace salvaged from RMS Olympic (the sister ship of RMS Titanic).  

There are 27 free car parking spaces located at the rear of the hotel available on a first come first served basis. If the car park is full, there are two large public car parks to the rear of the hotel which are free of charge 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

To fully enjoy the walking on this holiday you should be able to walk along uneven undulating paths at about 1½ to 2 miles per hour for distances of between 3 to 4½ miles with walks lasting up to 3 hours. When sightseeing is involved at the places visited, you can walk as much or as little as you wish.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Local Transport Costs

We include the local travel costs using private hire coaches when necessary. 

Our Adagio Leader will arrange everything. You just need to be at the right place at the right time.

Tipping

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.

Your Group

Your Leader

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 organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations. Your tour leader takes care of all the local, 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.

Leaders 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 organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

Check-in at the hotel is from 3:00pm. Our Adagio Leader will meet with you prior to your evening dinner for a group welcome meeting. 

To reach the hotel by car: 

From the North

Take the A1 south until you pick up signs for Alnwick, B1340. Branch left and then at the T-junction turn right onto the B1340 entering Alnwick. At the T-junction, turn right and proceed under the archway and the hotel is located directly on the right hand side.

From the South

Take the A1 north until you pick up signs for Alnwick, A1068. Bear left on to A1068 and continue to Oaks roundabout. Take second left off the roundabout and proceed to the marked town centre. On entering the town centre go under the archway and the hotel is located directly on the right hand side. (2 minutes from the A1)

There are 27 free car parking spaces located at the rear of the hotel available on a first come first served basis. If the car park is full, there are two large public car parks to the rear of the hotel which are free of charge 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To reach the hotel by rail: 

The nearest train station is located in Alnmouth. This is approximately 5 miles from the hotel  so we suggest you pre-book a taxi. You may like to try contacting Knights Taxis on 07760 751 667 or Alnwick Wizard Taxis on 01665 663709 for a quote.

Northumberland by air: 

Flights land at Newcastle International Airport, a 35-minute drive from Alnwick.

Route planning to and from Alnwick: 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find the hotel. 

An excellent website to assist in your travel plans is Rome2Rio.

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.

Meals

We stay on a half board basis. Breakfasts and evening meals will be taken in the hotel restaurant. Lunches will be at your expense. The hotel can provide packed lunches at a cost of around £9.50 each or there will be opportunities to buy lunch at the places we visit each day.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Lightweight walking boots with ankle support (you may prefer walking shoes if you have strong ankles)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
  • A sunhat, fleece and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
  • Sun cream in the warmer months.
  • A water bottle.
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
  • A simple basic first aid kit.
  • A daypack to hold all the above.
  • Your valid National Trust membership card if you have one (for entrance to Wallington).

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!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • 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)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

Prior to your visit to Bamburgh Castle, you may wish to visit https://www.bamburghcastle.com/ for more information. The entrance fee is included in the holiday price. 

The Map Shop

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

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

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.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Further Health 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

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.

Our Ethos

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.

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. 

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.

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