Walking the Beauty
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Walks

Our guided walks

Available walks

This is a list of upcoming walks. You can reserve places on a walk by clicking on Book. Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking.

September 2017

+ Friday 22nd The College Valley and The Schil Northumberland National Park
(10 miles 16 Km)
Start 09:30

The College Valley, the Pennine Way and The Schil

We set off following the College Valley road, heading for an area called 'the wilderness', which sits at the west end and at the head of this beautiful valley. The Cheviot is on our left and ahead of us, the hidden and impressive Hen Hole, a steep rocky cleft with a series of waterfalls beckons, but we won't be going that way today.

Instead, we head uphill to join the Pennine Way, turn briefly south to visit the refuge hut, then retrace our steps and ascend The Schil, a mountain that straddles the English/Scottish Border and at 601 metres (1971 feet) is an impressive place to be. We stay on the Pennine Way, ascend Black Hag and then turn east descending slowly back towards our start point.

On the way we walk through a prehistoric hillfort, evidence that we are definitely not the first people to walk this way.

Duration 7 hours
Places 10
Left 10
Price (adult) £22.50 Book

October 2017

+ Sunday 1st Bamburgh and Budle Bay on the Northumberland Coast
(6 miles 10 Km)
Start 09:30

Bamburgh and Budle Bay on the Northumberland Coast

We begin this walk in the village of Bamburgh beneath the walls of its iconic castle and head north along the wilder side of Bamburgh Beach. Stopping off at Harkess Lighthouse and the famous Stag Rock, we’re soon heading for Budle Bay, an important part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve. Hidden amongst the dunes is a World War II gun battery, huge and unmoving it’s one of a number of remaining defensive features that litter the coast. On the shore itself is the last of the quays from the days when this was a working port, sad and neglected, it’s slowly returning to the sea. If the tide allows, we stay on the shore, otherwise we have to take an inland path before heading over and through the nearby farmland and back to Bamburgh. There are some great views along the way and in the village, some fine tea shops and pubs to relax in and share the memories of a great Footsteps walk.  

Duration 3-4 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £12.50 Book
+ Monday 2nd Yeavering Bell and Wester Tor in Northumberland National Park
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 09:30

Yeavering Bell and Wester Tor, Northumberland National Park

We start in the village of Kirknewton on the very northern edges of the National Park, close to the site of Ad Gefrin, the once Royal Palace of King Edwin, 7th Century King of Northumbria.  From there we follow tracks and paths to join St. Cuthbert's Way and continue uphill to the foot of Yeavering Bell, the Hill of the Goats, aptly named as we can expect to see the native wild Cheviot goats on the slopes and in the valleys surrounding this impressive hill. On the summit is the largest Iron Age hillfort in Northumberland, which we will spend some time exploring, before beginning our descent and heading for Wester Tor sitting high above the College Valley. This is an excellent hiil, remote but very accessible as the path to the the summit sweeps gently around the hill, making for an easy approach and taking us to almost 2000 feet (600 metres) above sea level. From the summit, we begin our descent back to the village of Kirknewton and it's downhill all the way back, always a nice way to finish a walk.

Duration 6-7 hours
Places 10
Left 10
Price (adult) £22.50 Book
+ Thursday 12th The Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 09:00

The Pilgrim's Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

We walk in the footsteps of the Saints and early Christians along the ancient Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route to Lindisfarne, which has been in use for at least 1500 years.  You can go barefoot if you wish, it’s certainly warm enough and it’s a lovely squishy sort of walk on the mud and sand.  If not barefoot, then we recommend you wear your wellies for this walk; we do have to splash through a bit of water on the way across. As we cross the wide open space between the mainland and the Island, listen out for the singing seals, you’ll remember that mournful, magical sound for a long time.  The Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve is a great place for wildflowers, butterflies and birds, so bring your binoculars as well as your camera. Once on the Island, we'll be exploring and discovering some of its wilder corners before walking back to the mainland again on the Pilgrim’s Way. 

Duration 5-6 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £20.00 Book
+ Saturday 14th Craster and Low Newton on the Northumberland Coast
(7 miles 11 Km)
Start 09:30

Craster and Low Newton along the wonderful Northumberland Coast

This famous walk, often quoted as being one of the nation’s favourites is an absolute must when you’re in Northumberland. It’s easy enough to do without a guide, but do think about walking with a Footsteps guide, we’ll tell you something of the history, point out the wildlife and take you back via the paths that visitors don’t use, something different perhaps. From Craster, a once bustling herring port, famous for its kippers we skirt the main coast path and head for a bit of a high ground and suddenly Dunstanburgh Castle, a 14th Century ruin appears in the distance and simply draws you onwards and perhaps at the same time back in history to its creation. It’s dramatic now; it must have been amazing in its day.  Beyond the Castle, Embleton Bay, a great reach of golden sand stretches away in the distance. The dunes full of wildflowers and singing skylarks mark the way ahead to Low Newton and the pub, our refreshment and turning point. On our return, we visit the bird hide at Newton Pools, fall in love with the views and sadly because this wonderful walk has to end we eventually arrive back in Craster; you’ll be back for more, I promise. 

Duration 5-6 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £20.00 Book
+ Sunday 15th The Breamish Valley and Linhope Spout in Northumberland National Park
(10 miles 16 Km)
Start 09:30

The Breamish Valley and Linhope Spout Waterfall in the Northumberland National Park

The Valley provides an excellent gateway into the National Park and on this Footsteps guided walk, where we escape to some of its wilder and remoter corners. Setting off from the end of the valley road, we soon find ourselves heading up hill and across open country until we reach the Salters Road; this ancient track was once as the name suggests a ‘salt road’, but today it provides the perfect route towards the upper reaches of the River Breamish. At Bleakhope, a remote hill farm at the head of the valley, we ascend High Cantle, a short steep ascent on to the grouse moor and a long, high and open hill top walk. With great views to some of the highest hills in The Cheviots, lots of wildlife, including red grouse of course, this is great hill walking in a remote and dramatic landscape. One of the highlights of the walk is Linhope Spout waterfall. The Linhope Burn falls off the edge and plummets into a foaming pool of water some forty feet below. Wild swimming is an option in the Summer, so bring your swimming costumes if you’re brave enough, or do what most visitors do and photograph the memories of this delightful place. We’re soon back where we began after that and you’ll be thinking about and planning your next Footsteps guided walk.

Duration 6-7 hours
Places 10
Left 10
Price (adult) £22.50 Book
+ Monday 16th Burnmouth & St Abbs Head on the Berwickshire Coast
(10 miles 16 Km)
Start 09:00

Burnmouth to St. Abbs Head on the Berwickshire Coast Path in Scotland

A car park beside the A1 seems an unlikely place to begin a walk, but it gives ready access to the coast path and it is on the bus route, ideal as this is a linear walk and we catch the bus back to Burnmouth at the end of the walk. This is a landscape very different to the Northumberland Coast further south.  Here, high sandstone cliffs dominate, some of them some 100 metres or 328 feet high, giving some exceptional coast walking. Along the way to St. Abbs, we pass through the fishing harbour town of Eyemouth, the seaside resort of Coldingham and the village of St. Abbs itself. Beyond St. Abbs, we enter the National Nature Reserve, where in the Spring and Summer, thousands of guillemots nest in impossible locations on the cliff faces and in the Winter, it’s about as wild and lonely as it’s possible to be. We return to St. Abbs for refreshments before catching a bus back to Burnmouth, having completed a walk along some of the best and wildest coast in south east Scotland.

Duration 6 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £22.50 Book
+ Tuesday 17th Bamburgh and Budle Bay on the Northumberland Coast
(6 miles 10 Km)
Start 09:30

Bamburgh and Budle Bay on the Northumberland Coast

We begin this walk in the village of Bamburgh beneath the walls of its iconic castle and head north along the wilder side of Bamburgh Beach. Stopping off at Harkess Lighthouse and the famous Stag Rock, we’re soon heading for Budle Bay, an important part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.

Hidden amongst the dunes is a World War II gun battery, huge and unmoving it’s one of a number of remaining defensive features that litter the coast. On the shore itself is the last of the quays from the days when this was a working port, sad and neglected, it’s slowly returning to the sea.

If the tide allows, we stay on the shore, otherwise we have to take an inland path before heading over and through the nearby farmland and back to Bamburgh. There are some great views along the way and in the village, some fine tea shops and pubs to relax in and share the memories of a great Footsteps walk.  

Duration 3-4 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £12.50 Book
 
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