Walking the Beauty
of Northumberland
 
 
 
 

Our walks in Northumberland

Our guided walks for the weeks ahead are listed below. Please have a look at the list, select, book and pay for your guided walk online.  You can only book online for the walks listed below, if you want to book a walk further ahead in the year, then please click on Our Footsteps walks in 2019 and get in touch with us to ensure you are booked on to the walk of your choice.

Once we have received your booking, whether on line or by other means, we will send you details about where to meet and what to bring on your Footsteps guided walk.

If the walk you want to do isn't listed, or on a day you can't manage, then please get in touch as we can often swap dates and walks around to satisfy expectations. So if you prefer the Northumberland Coast to the hills and valleys of the National Park on the day you want to go walking, then we'll see what we can arrange. 

If we get a booking, we will always lead the walk. We don't need all the places to be taken, so if you have signed up and paid, the walk will go ahead.

Don't forget about our Big Days Out walks, which are not listed, we offer those on a request only basis. Our Navigation with a map and compass training days are popular and finally, we deliver Hill Skills courses on behalf of Mountain Training (England). Look under the Further Footsteps link on the home page.

If you're looking further ahead to plan your guided walk in Northumberland, then we normally publish the walks programmes a few months ahead and they can be viewed by clicking on Our Footsteps walks in 2019 link on our Home page.

Our walks

You can reserve and pay for places on any of the listed walks by clicking on the individual walk and then on Book at the foot of the description. If you prefer, please give us a call or send an email to book your walk and you can pay on the day if you prefer; also, we recommend that you read our Terms and Conditions before booking.

December 2018

+ Sunday 30th The Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 12:00

The Pilgrim’s Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast

 

 

We'll be walking 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 will need to wear your wellies for this walk, it's too cold now to walk barefoot and walking boots will get a good soaking as we splash through the water on the way across. Autumn is a great time to see lots of birds, thousands in fact; they are now wintering in Lindisfarne Bay having recently arrived from their Arctic breeding grounds.  Once on the Island, we have coffee and cake and then we'll be exploring and discovering some of its wilder corners before walking back to the mainland again on the Pilgrim’s Way. We have seven places available for this walk, book soon to walk off the Christmas pudding.

Duration 5-6 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book

January 2019

+ Thursday 3rd Craster and Low Newton on the Northumberland Coast
(7 miles (12 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 high dunes path marks 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, we 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 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Friday 4th The College Valley and Great Hetha
(6 miles 10 Km)
Start 09:30

Crossing the Border in the College Valley

The College Valley in the north ot the National Park is an ideal place for a Winter walk. We follow St. Cuthbert's Way north and west to cross the English/Scottish Border high on a hillside. There's something about crossing a border that is always exciting and everyone enjoys the moment. We then turn south to join the Pennine Way, but we don't walk all the way to Edale in Derbyshire, but recross into England and walk around the beautiful valley of the Trowhope Burn, time to pause and enjoy the views. Great Hetha is our next ascent, topped by an Iron Age hill fort, you get to understand why the people who lived in the valley thousands of years ago, chose this spot. We then descend back to the valley floor to end our walk.

Duration 3-4 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £12.50 Book
+ Saturday 5th Hill Forts of the Breamish Valley in the National Park
(5 miles, 7 Km)
Start 09:30

The Hillforts in the Breamish Valley of Northumberland National Park

We set off from Ingram, the small village at the heart of the Breamish Valley where the river flows busily across the landscape. The valley is well known for its prehistoric sites and on this walk we get to see some very fine examples as we make our way up, over and across an interesting and diverse landscape. There are some great views too of the high hills in the National Park and plenty of wildflowers and wildlife too. Wether and Hartside Hills are a highlight, the prehistoric archaeology there is very well defined and you get a real sense of the people who lived here and the places where they built their homes and raised their families. We finish in the Ingram Cafe, a great place to relax and enjoy tea and cake at the end of the day.

Duration 3 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £12.50 Book
+ Sunday 6th 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 dune path marks 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) £15.00 Book
+ Tuesday 8th 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
+ Thursday 10th The Hill Forts in the Breamish Valley, Northumberland National Park
(6 miles 10 Km)
Start 09:30

The Hill Forts of the Breamish Valley in Northumberland National Park

We set off from Ingram, the small village at the heart of the Breamish Valley where the river flows busily across the landscape. The valley is well known for its prehistoric sites and on this walk we get to see some very fine examples as we make our way up, over and across an interesting and diverse landscape. There are some great views too of the high hills in the National Park and plenty of wildflowers and wildlife too. Wether and Hartside Hills are a highlight, the prehistoric archaeology there is very well defined and you get a real sense of the people who lived here and the places where they built their homes and raised their families. We finish in the Ingram Cafe in the village of Ingram, a great place to relax and enjoy tea and cake at the end of the day.

Duration 3-4 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £12.50 Book
+ Friday 11th Belford & St. Cuthbert's Cave in rural Northumberland
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 09:30

Belford and St. Cuthbert’s Cave in the Northumberland countryside

 

<p 13px;"="">The Cave, hidden away in a wood, deep in rural Northumberland has always been and still is today, a site of religious pilgrimage. The monks fleeing the invading Vikings in 875AD with the body of St. Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels stopped here on the first night of that fearful journey and pilgrims have been returning ever since. On this Footsteps guided walk we leave Belford on a well-trodden trail and head through farmland, woodland and open country to the Cave itself. Dates carved into the rock tell us that we’re not the first to pass this way and we spend time at the Cave discovering something of its place in history. Above the Cave are two fine viewpoints, both of which we visit, before heading back to Belford where the walk ends. 

Duration 5-6 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Saturday 12th The Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne on Northumberland Day
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 09:30

The Pilgrim’s Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast

We'll be walking 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 will need to wear your wellies for this walk, it's too cold now to walk barefoot and walking boots will get a good soaking as we splash through the water on the way across. Now is a great time to see lots of birds, thousands in fact; they are now wintering in Lindisfarne Bay having recently arrived from their Arctic breeding grounds.  Once on the Island, we have coffee and cake and then 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) £15.00 Book
+ Sunday 13th The Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 09:30

The Pilgrim’s Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast

We'll be walking 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 will need to wear your wellies for this walk, it's too cold now to walk barefoot and walking boots will get a good soaking as we splash through the water on the way across. Now is a great time to see lots of birds, thousands in fact; they are now wintering in Lindisfarne Bay having recently arrived from their Arctic breeding grounds.  Once on the Island, we have coffee and cake and then 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) £15.00 Book
+ Monday 14th Belford & St. Cuthbert's Cave in rural Northumberland
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 09:30

Belford and St. Cuthbert’s Cave in the Northumberland countryside

 

<p 13px;"="">The Cave, hidden away in a wood, deep in rural Northumberland has always been and still is today, a site of religious pilgrimage. The monks fleeing the invading Vikings in 875AD with the body of St. Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels stopped here on the first night of that fearful journey and pilgrims have been returning ever since. On this Footsteps guided walk we leave Belford on a well-trodden trail and head through farmland, woodland and open country to the Cave itself. Dates carved into the rock tell us that we’re not the first to pass this way and we spend time at the Cave discovering something of its place in history. Above the Cave are two fine viewpoints, both of which we visit, before heading back to Belford where the walk ends. 

Duration 5-6 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Tuesday 15th 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
+ Thursday 17th Craster and Low Newton on the Northumberland Coast
(7 miles (12 Km))
Start 09:30

Craster and Low Newton on the 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 dune path marks 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) £15.00 Book
+ Friday 18th The Breamish Valley in Northumberland National Park
(6 miles 10 Km)
Start 09:30

The Breamish Valley in the Northumberland National Park

 

<p 13px;"="">The Valley is famous for its Prehistoric landscape and there are many Bronze and Iron Age features to be discovered including plenty of hilltop forts, some of which we will visit as we make our way around the valley. There are some great views too and although we don't get particularly high up on this walk, we do get to see all the high hills of the Cheviot Range. This is also farming country and the tough hill sheep have shaped and continue to shape the landscape around us. The River Breamish, from where the valley derives its name starts up on the Cheviot and tumbles its way down the hills to reach the valley floor and we're never far from the river on the this walk. We can expect to see dippers, a true bird of the river and in Spring oystercatchers and sandpipers nest amongst the stones beside the water. Higher up, lapwing and curlew nest on the open grasslands, so you can expect to see a lot on this Footsteps guided walk. To end the day, coffee and cake in the Ingram Cafe seems appropriate, so that's where we end the walk and spend some time sharing memories of an excellent day in the National Park.

Duration 3-4 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Saturday 19th The College Valley and Great Hetha
(6 miles 10 Km)
Start 09:30

Crossing the Border in the College Valley

The College Valley in the north ot the National Park is an ideal place for a Winter walk. We follow St. Cuthbert's Way north and west to cross the English/Scottish Border high on a hillside. There's something about crossing a border that is always exciting and everyone enjoys the moment. We then turn south to join the Pennine Way, but we don't walk all the way to Edale in Derbyshire, but recross into England and walk around the beautiful valley of the Trowhope Burn, time to pause and enjoy the views. Great Hetha is our next ascent, topped by an Iron Age hill fort, you get to understand why the people who lived in the valley thousands of years ago, chose this spot. We then descend back to the valley floor to end our walk.

Duration 3-4 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £12.50 Book
+ Sunday 20th Craster and Low Newton on the Northumberland Coast
(7 miles 11 Km)
Start 09:30

Craster and Low Newton on the 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) £15.00 Book
+ Monday 21st 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
+ Tuesday 22nd The Breamish Valley in Northumberland National Park
(6 miles 10 Km)
Start 09:30

The Breamish Valley in the Northumberland National Park

 

<p 13px;"="">The Valley is famous for its Prehistoric landscape and there are many Bronze and Iron Age features to be discovered including plenty of hilltop forts, some of which we will visit as we make our way around the valley. There are some great views too and although we don't get particularly high up on this walk, we do get to see all the high hills of the Cheviot Range. This is also farming country and the tough hill sheep have shaped and continue to shape the landscape around us. The River Breamish, from where the valley derives its name starts up on the Cheviot and tumbles its way down the hills to reach the valley floor and we're never far from the river on the this walk. We can expect to see dippers, a true bird of the river and in Spring oystercatchers and sandpipers nest amongst the stones beside the water. Higher up, lapwing and curlew nest on the open grasslands, so you can expect to see a lot on this Footsteps guided walk. To end the day, coffee and cake in the Valley Cottage Cafe seems appropriate, so that's where we end the walk and spend some time sharing memories of an excellent day in the National Park.

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