Welcome to Footsteps
- walking the beauty of Northumberland
Discover Northumberland and so much more on a Footsteps guided walk
A Footsteps guided walk in Northumberland can take you from the beautiful coast to the highest of the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland National Park and lots of places in between.
You may find yourself walking barefoot in the footsteps of St. Oswald, King, St. Aidan, an Irish Celtic monk who arrived on Lindisfarne in 635AD and St. Cuthbert, perhaps the most famous of the 7th Century Christians who lived, worked and died in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria. All three are intricately linked to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, so, as we splash across the sea on the Pilgrim's Way, you truly are walking in their footsteps. It's a unique experience and the best way to reach Holy Island, the jewel of the Northumberland Coast is along the Pilgrim's Way. To get the most of the journey, travel with your Footsteps guide and discover more about the extraordinary story of Oswald, Aidan and Cuthbert as we cross the sea to Lindisfarne.
The Northumberland Coast
The Northumberland Coast, an Area of Outstanding Beauty is a walker's dream. Long sandy beaches, rocky foreshores and backed by high sand dunes with a scattering of small villages hugging the coast, walking here is a delight. Dominated by its historic castles at Warkworth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne, following the Northumberland Coast is like walking through your own medieval legend. With plenty of pubs, tearooms and places to just stop, stand and stare, a Footsteps guided walk takes you to and shows you some of the hidden detail and brings the remarkable Northumberland Coast and its history to life.
Northumberland National Park
Northumberland National Park is a land of high rounded hills and delightful river valleys, wide open spaces and some outstanding walking. Bounded in the south by Hadrian's Wall, in the north by the Border between England and Scotland and with the Cheviot Hills in between, Northumberland National Park is a remote and uncrowded landscape, just waiting to be discovered on a Footsteps guided walk.
Wildlife in Northumberland
As well as the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are two National Nature Reserves, the Farne Islands and Lindisfarne. That means wildlife, lots of wildlife and there is something to see throughout the year. Grey seals are a common sight, bottle nosed dolphin, porpoise and larger cetaceans like minke whale are often spotted from the shore or on a wildlife boat trip to the Farne Islands. The coast is renowned for its wildflowers, rare orchids in the height of Summer and the bloody cranesbill, the county flower of Northumberland grows in profusion beside the sea.
In the Summer, there are puffins on the Farne Islands, in Winter, we see wild geese on the mud flats of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve and if we're lucky, we may spot short eared owls, visitors from Scandinavia hunting through the dune grasslands. Northumberland guarantees a succession of wildlife spotting opportunities through all four seasons. On a Footsteps guided walk, we take the time to stand and stare and observe what is around us, every day is a wildlife adventure in Northumberland.
So, sign up for a Footsteps guided walk, you won't be disappointed and you'll never get lost, guaranteed!