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Our Footsteps guided walks

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 the Download a list of Footsteps walks 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 the Download a List of Walks link on our Home page.

Available 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.

May 2018

+ Thursday 24th Burnmouth & St Abbs Head on the Berwickshire Coast
(8 miles 12 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) £15.00 Book
+ Friday 25th Barrowburn and Windy Gyle, Northumberland National Park
(10.5 miles 16 Km)
Start 09:30

Barrowburn and Windy Gyle in Northumberland National Park

The Coquet Valley in Northumberland National Park offers some great walking and the summit of Windy Gyle at at just over 2000 feet and sitting just on the Scottish side of the Border is a popular destination in the Cheviot Hills. We set off from Barrowburn, deep in the Coquet Valley and soon join The Street, an old cross-border drovers road, which takes us up to the Border Fence to join the Pennine Way. Along the way, we get to see some great views and perhaps we'll see a few of the Cheviot goats that make their home on the hillsides here. It's a steep ascent to the summit, well marked by a Triangulation Point and a summit cairn and more great views into Scotalnd and the high hills of the Cheviot Range. From there, we cross the Border into England and enjoy a fine walk across the hillside and through the forests back to Barrowburn. The pub in Alwinton makes an ideal place to finish the walk, time for refreshments and to share stories of an excellent walk from England into Scotland and back.

Duration 6-7 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Sunday 27th 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 28th College Valley and The Schil in Northumberland National Park
(10 miles 16 Km)
Start 09:30

The College Valley, The Schil and Black Hag in Northumberland National Park

This lovely valley in the far north of the Northumberland National Park is a wonderful place to explore on foot. Setting off from Hethpool, we pick up St. Cuthbert’s Way at Hethpool and follow it all the way to and over the Scottish Border into Scotland. Soon after, we pick up the Pennine Way and head south into some wild and open Border country following the Border Fence south towards Black Hag. The views are amazing and you’ll love the open country laid out before you.  After Black Hag, we continue on to The Schil, the summit of which is 1971 feet, or 601 metres above sea level. From the Schil, we descend to Black Hag and follow an open hill top path back to the valley floor and the College Burn back to the car park.

Duration 6-7 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Tuesday 29th 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 dunes quiet now, in Spring and Summer they are 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 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Thursday 31st 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 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.  We recommend you walk barefoot; we do have to splash through a bit of water on the way across and it's just about warm enough at the the end of May to go barefoot. We can expect to see grey seals now, they're back Lindisfarne Bay after a Winter spent on the Farne Islands. 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

June 2018

+ Friday 1st 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 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. If you're feeling brave and it's a nice warm day, then walking barefoot, the traditional way of walking this route, then you are more than welcome to take your socks and shoes off and feel the mud and sand between your toes. There should be plenty of seals, 'hauled out' on the sandbars and we'll probably hear them calling or 'singing' before we see them as we make our way across to Lindisfarne. 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
+ Saturday 2nd The Breamish Valley in Northumberland National Park
(10 miles 16 Km)
Start 09:30

The Breamish Valley in the Northumberland National Park

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 5-6 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Sunday 3rd 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. If you're feeling brave and it's a nice warm day, then walking barefoot, the traditional way of walking this route, then you are more than welcome to take your socks and shoes off and feel the mud and sand between your toes. There should be plenty of seals, 'hauled out' on the sandbars and we'll probably hear them calling or 'singing' before we see them as we make our way across to Lindisfarne. 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 4th Barrowburn and Windy Gyle in the National Park
(10 miles 16Km)
Start 09:30

Barrowburn to Windy Gyle in Northumberland National Park

The Coquet Valley in Northumberland National Park offers some great walking and the summit of Windy Gyle at at just under 2000 feet and sitting just on the Scottish side of the Border is a popular destination in the Cheviot Hills. We set off from Barrowburn, deep in the Coquet Valley and soon join The Street, an old cross-border drovers road, which takes us up to the Border Fence to join the Pennine Way. Along the way, we get to see some great views and perhaps we'll see a few of the Cheviot goats that make their home on the hillsides here. It's a steep ascent to the summit, well marked by a Triangulation Point and a summit cairn and more great views into Scotland and the high hills of the Cheviot Range. From there, we cross the Border into England and enjoy a fine walk across the hillside and through the forests back to Barrowburn. The pub in Alwinton makes an ideal place to finish the walk, time for refreshments and to share stories of an excellent walk from England into Scotland and back.

Duration 6-7 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Thursday 7th The College Valley and The Schil in the National Park
(10 miles 16 Km)
Start 09:30

The College Valley, The Schil and Black Hag in Northumberland National Park

This lovely valley in the far north of the Northumberland National Park is a wonderful place to explore on foot. Our walk takes us along the valley floor, through the area known as 'The Wilderness', past the Hen Hole, a deep ravine on the north side of The Cheviot. From there, it's up onto the Pennine Way, which here runs along beside the English/Scottish Border. Pausing briefly at the Mountain Refuge hut, we turn north and follow the Pennine Way to <span 13px;"="">The Schil, the summit of which is 1971 feet, or 601 metres above sea level and just on the Scottish side of the Border Fence.  The views are amazing and you’ll love the open country laid out before you. We then descend to a hill named Black Hag and follow an open hill top path back to the valley floor where our walk ends.

 

Duration 6-7 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Friday 8th Bewick Moor - a prehistoric landscape
(8 miles 12 Km)
Start 10:00

Bewick Moor, a prehistoric landscape in the Northumberland countryside

We walk through history as we cross this wonderful heather moorland in the heart of the wild Northumberland countryside. From the Bronze Age (3300BC to 1100BC) right up to the modern day, humans have left their mark on this landscape and you get up close to it, on this Footsteps guided walk. You will discover a hidden cave, a mysterious place with lots of secrets. There’s a ruined farm, Blawearie, romantic and rugged, Wuthering Heights perhaps in a different location. There are two prehistoric hill forts dominating the landscape.  You’ll see Bronze Age rock art, those curious ‘cup and ring’ marked rocks, touch them and reach back through time to those people who left their mark on the landscape. Best of all perhaps is the Bronze Age burial cairn, but I’ll say no more about that particular treasure, you’ll just have to experience it for yourself. 

Duration 5-6 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Monday 11th The Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne, Northumberland Coast
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 16:30

A Sunset walk on the Pilgrim’s Way to Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast

 

<p 13px;"="">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. Setting off at 4.30 in the afternoon and walking barefoot across Lindisfarne Bay we get to see and hear the seals 'hauled out' on the sandbars and enjoy the splendour of the landscape all around us. After refreshments and a wander around the Island, we head back for the Pilgrim's way as sunset approaches to start the return journey and walk towards the setting sun as it dips below the horizon over the distant hills. This walk can be very special and lots of memories are made here on the Northumberland Coast and it's often quoted as everyone's favourite walk. Book early to guarantee a place though, it's a popular walk.

Duration 5-6 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Tuesday 12th 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) £15.00 Book
+ Tuesday 26th The College Valley and The Schil in the National Park
(10 miles 16Km)
Start 09:30

The College Valley, The Schil and Black Hag in Northumberland National Park

This lovely valley in the far north of the Northumberland National Park is a wonderful place to explore on foot. Our walk takes us along the valley floor, through the area known as 'The Wilderness', past the Hen Hole, a deep ravine on the north side of The Cheviot. From there, it's up onto the Pennine Way, which here runs along beside the English/Scottish Border. Pausing briefly at the Mountain Refuge hut, we turn north and follow the Pennine Way to <span 13px;"="">The Schil, the summit of which is 1971 feet, or 601 metres above sea level and just on the Scottish side of the Border Fence.  The views are amazing and you’ll love the open country laid out before you. We then descend to a hill named Black Hag and follow an open hill top path back to the valley floor where our walk ends.

Duration 6-7 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Thursday 28th 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
+ Friday 29th Barrowburn and Windy Gyle, Northumberland National Park
(10 miles, 16 Km)
Start 09:30

Barrowburn and Windy Gyle in Northumberland National Park

The Coquet Valley in Northumberland National Park offers some great walking and the summit of Windy Gyle at at just under 2000 feet and sitting just on the Scottish side of the Border is a popular destination in the Cheviot Hills. We set off from Barrowburn, deep in the Coquet Valley and soon join The Street, an old cross-border drovers road, which takes us up to the Border Fence to join the Pennine Way. Along the way, we get to see some great views and perhaps we'll see a few of the Cheviot goats that make their home on the hillsides here. It's a steep ascent to the summit, well marked by a Triangulation Point and a summit cairn and more great views into Scotland and the high hills of the Cheviot Range. From there, we cross the Border into England and enjoy a fine walk across the hillside and through the forests back to Barrowburn. The pub in Alwinton makes an ideal place to finish the walk, time for refreshments and to share stories of an excellent walk from England into Scotland and back.

Duration 6-7 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Saturday 30th Burnmouth to St. Abbs 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) £15.00 Book

July 2018

+ Sunday 1st Kirknewton and Wester Tor in Northumberland National Park
(10 miles, 16 Km)
Start 09:30

Kirknewton and Wester Tor and Yeavering Bell in Northumberland National Park

Perhaps my favourite walk in the National Park and one which takes you to three summits, Easter and Wester Tor and if you have enough energy to the top of Yeavering Bell too. From Kirknewton, we pick up St. Curhbert's Way and head uphill to the top of Easter Tor the first of our hills. From there, a gently rising path takes us to the summit of Wester Tor, a remote hill with some outstanding views and we spend some time here, just soaking it all in. Then it's on to Yeavering Bell, a famous Iron Age hillfort with its prehistoric stone enclosure still very much in place, although it is now a tumbled down affair, it is easy to see what our ancestors achieved on this marvellous hilltop. Along the way we can expect to see some of the famous wild Cheviot goats, a well kept secret in many ways, but they have been roaming these hills probably since Roman times and some say even before that. It's a stenuous walk, but very satisfying and you'll be glad you made the effort at the end of the day.

Duration 6-7 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Monday 2nd The Breamish Valley in Northumberland National Park
(10 miles, 16 Km)
Start 09:30

The Breamish Valley in the Northumberland National Park

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