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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.

July 2018

+ Thursday 19th 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.  We recommend you walk barefoot; we do have to splash through a bit of water on the way across and it's certainly warm enough in July to shake off your shoes to walk barefoot and feel some mud between your toes. We can expect to see and hear the grey seals in Lindisfarne Bay, one of the many great features of this walk. 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
+ Friday 20th Burnmouth & St Abbs Head on the Berwickshire Coast
(10 miles 16 Km)
Start 09:30

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
+ Saturday 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
+ Sunday 22nd 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 2031 feet (619 metres) 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
+ Tuesday 24th Sunset on the Pilgrim's Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
(7 miles, 11 Km)
Start 17:00

Sunset on the Pilgrim's way to Lindisfarne, a memorable experience

This event, perhaps our most popular walk takes us across the Pilgrim's Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Setting off late in the afternoon, you get to enjoy the big skies, the squidgy mud between your toes, the singing seals and beautiful scenery too. Once on the Island, we stop off for refreshments, visit some of the key features and walk up to the castle to enjoy the peace and calm of this remarkable place. Then, as sunset approaches, we head back across Lindisfarne Bay, watching the sun move slowly across to sky towards the west and arrive back on the mainland as the sun sets below the horizon. This is a unique experience for many and comes highly recommended, so book early to ensure you get your place.

Duration 4-5 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Thursday 26th 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 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/ascend 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 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
+ Sunday 29th 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
+ Monday 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
+ Monday 30th Barrowburn and Windy Gyle in the 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 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
+ Tuesday 31st 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

August 2018

+ Thursday 2nd Kirknewton and Wester Tor in Northumberland National Park
(10 miles 16 Km)
Start 09:30

Kirknewton and Wester Tor 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 5-6 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Friday 3rd 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
+ Monday 13th The Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne on Northumberland Day
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 09:15

The Pilgrim’s Way to the Holy Island of 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.  We recommend you walk barefoot; we do have to splash through a bit of warm water on the way across. We can expect to see and hear the grey seals now, they're back in Lindisfarne Bay for the Summer months and their haunting 'singing' can be heard across the bay as we make our way across. 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
+ Tuesday 14th The Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 10:00

The Pilgrim’s Way to the Holy Island of 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. If you're feeling brave and it's a nice warm day, then walking barefoot, is 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
+ Thursday 16th The Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast
(8 miles 12 Km)
Start 11:15

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. We can expect to see and hear the grey seals now, they're back in Lindisfarne Bay for the Summer months and their haunting 'singing' can be heard across the bay as we make our way across. 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
 
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