Discover a region rich in history as you follow leisurely routes along Northumberland’s unspoiled coast. This self-guided walking holiday features a charming mix of accommodation, and offers the opportunity to visit magnificent Alnwick Castle and to take a boat trip to spot seals and puffins on the Farne Islands.
Northumberland was once the powerhouse of England, a land where saints and kings – and Viking raiders – played central roles in shaping the destiny of the country. Today, peace reigns over this rural and remarkably unspoiled region, making it the perfect place for a leisurely walking holiday. Discover vestiges of its turbulent past in the 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 local cuisine.
This relaxed holiday begins in Warkworth, an ancient village enclosed within a picturesque loop of the River Coquet and located on the Northumberland Coast Path – the spectacular walking trail that forms the basis of many of the week’s routes. You are aided in your journey north to medieval Alnwick and beachfront Beadnell by the excellent local bus network, whose frequent services enable you to adapt the routes as you wish – so that you also have time to take in the area’s wealth of historic interest, its vast and oft-deserted sandy beaches, and its wonderful variety of wildlife.