Welcome to Footsteps
- walking the beauty of Northumberland
Discover Northumberland and so much more on a Footsteps guided walk
We will guide you to the wilder side of the Northumberland Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty famed for its golden beaches, rocky coves and magnificent coastal castles. We go deep into the hidden valleys and to the summits of the Cheviot Hills in the Northumberland National Park. There is plenty of great walking country in between the coast and the hills and on a Footsteps walk you will discover some of those places too.
People, ancient people made Northumberland their home and they left their mark on the landscape. A Footsteps guided walk will take you up on to Iron Age hillforts, you will see Bronze Age rock art, those curious cup and ring marked rocks scattered across the countryside and the prehistoric farming terraces, still visible and still there on the valley sides even after thousands of years have passed since they were built.
The Romans came to Northumberland, then the Anglo-Saxons followed by Irish Celtic Christians, who arrived on Lindisfarne in the 7th Century. The Vikings raided Lindisfarne one hundred and sixty years later in 793CE; they displaced the people of Northumberland and the Vikings in turn started a new chapter in Northumbria's history.
St. Aidan, the first Bishop of Lindisfarne founded his church on Lindisfarne in 635CE. St. Oswald the Northumbrian King who brought Aidan to Lindisfarne had his royal palace at Bamburgh and St. Cuthbert, perhaps the most famous of the 7th Century Christians would have walked through this landscape. There is so much to discover on your Footsteps guided walk, a real journey through Northumberland's history.
We have amazing wildlife in Northumberland
At Footsteps, we offer guided walks throughout the year. This is because the seasons are all so very different, in Spring and Summer, the wildflowers bloom and the birds, our Summer visitors are everywhere in the fields and hedgerows. In Autumn, as the days get shorter, the skies echo to the calls of pink-footed geese arriving from their Arctic breeding grounds. Birds from the far reaches of the northern hemisphere gather on the Northumberland Coast where they spend the late Autumn and Winter months, then eventually as the days begin to lengthen, they look north and return to their Arctic breeding grounds.
On a Footsteps walk, you’ll see the best of our wildlife. We'll go looking for the elusive wild Cheviot goats in the College Valley and around Yeavering Bell in Northumberland National Park. These remarkable animals thrive in the remote heather clad hills. On the coast, grey seals haul out along the edges of the sand bars in Lindisfarne Bay where their calls and "singing" voices carry on the wind for those who are there to listen and hear.
We look forward to walking with you and sharing what Northumberland has to offer you on a Footsteps guided walk.