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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 on line.  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 you're looking further ahead to plan your guided walk in Northumberland, then we normally publish the walks programmes two to three 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.

November 2017

+ Sunday 19th The Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 07:30

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

We'll be starting this ever popular walk as the sun rises over Bamburgh Castle and 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 wear your wellies for this walk; we do have to splash through a bit of water on the way across and it's too cold now in late October to go barefoot. The seals that we see 'hauled out' on the sandbars throughout the Summer have gone now, they're all on the Farne Islands where the females have their pups. In their place, we have thousands of migrant birds, here in Northumberland from their Arctic breeding grounds and they are very much the highlight of a walk through this part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.  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
+ Monday 20th The Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast
(8 miles 12 Km)
Start 07:30

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

We'll be starting this walk as the sun rises over Bamburgh Castle and 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 wear your wellies for this walk; we do have to splash through a bit of water on the way across and it's too cold now in late October to go barefoot. The seals that we see 'hauled out' on the sandbars throughout the Summer have gone now, they're all on the Farne Islands where the females have their pups. In their place, we have thousands of migrant birds, here in Northumberland from their Arctic breeding grounds and they are very much the highlight of a walk through this part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.  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 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £20.00 Book
+ Tuesday 21st Craster and Low Newton on the Northumberland Coast
(7 miles (12 Km))
Start 09:30

Craster and Low Newton along the wonderful Northumberland Coast

 

<p 13px;"="">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) £20.00 Book
+ Thursday 23rd 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

 

<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 wear your wellies for this walk; we do have to splash through a bit of water on the way across and it's too cold now in late October to go barefoot. The seals that we see 'hauled out' on the sandbars throughout the Summer have gone now, they're all on the Farne Islands where the females have their pups. In their place, we have thousands of migrant birds, here in Northumberland from their Arctic breeding grounds and they are very much the highlight of a walk through this part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.  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
+ Friday 24th 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

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 10
Left 10
Price (adult) £20.00 Book
+ Saturday 25th 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 starting this walk as the sun begins to rise over Bamburgh Castle and 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.  We recommend you wear your wellies for this walk; we do have to splash through a bit of water on the way across and it's too cold now in late October to go barefoot. The seals that we see 'hauled out' on the sandbars throughout the Summer have gone now, they're all on the Farne Islands where the females have their pups. In their place, we have thousands of migrant birds, here in Northumberland from their Arctic breeding grounds and they are very much the highlight of a walk through this part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.  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
+ Sunday 26th The Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 10:30

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.  We recommend you wear your wellies for this walk; we do have to splash through a bit of water on the way across and it's too cold now in late October to go barefoot. The seals that we see 'hauled out' on the sandbars throughout the Summer have gone now, they're all on the Farne Islands where the females have their pups. In their place, we have thousands of migrant birds, here in Northumberland from their Arctic breeding grounds and they are very much the highlight of a walk through this part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.  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
+ Monday 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
+ Tuesday 28th The College Valley and Great Hetha in Northumberland National Park
(6 miles (10 Km))
Start 09:30

The College Valley, St. Cuthbert's Way and Great Hetha

From Hethpool in the College Valley in the north of Northumberland National Park, we pick up St. Cuthbert's Way and follow it all the way to the English/Scottish Border, where we cross briefly into Scotland and join the Pennine Way. Our visit to Scotland is brief and we're soon back in England and following a long curving path with its magnificent views of the valley of Trowhope Burn. This deep incised valley takes your breath away, not literally, it's an easy route down to the farm steading nestled in between the surrounding hills. From there, we begin the ascent of Great Hetha, where on the summit lies an iron Age hill fort with its tumbled down walls and it's easy to see why the prehistoric people who lived here made this hill their home. Our last descent of the day takes us back down to Hethpool, past a prehistoric stone circle, still just about visible in the field beside beside the road. We finish where we started at Hethpool after a great walk that offers so much, history and great views in Northumberland National Park.

 

Duration 3-4
Places 10
Left 10
Price (adult) £12.50 Book
+ Thursday 30th Eyemouth to St. Abbs on the Berwickshire Coast
(8 miles 12 Km)
Start 09:30

Eyemouth and St. Abbs on the Berwickshire Coast

<span 10pt;="" font-family:="" arial,="" sans-serif;"="">Setting off from the attractive fishing harbour of Eyemouth on the Berwickshire Coast, we head north along the coast path. This is a landscape very different to the Northumberland Coast further south.  Here, high sandstone cliffs dominate, some of them 100 metres or 328 feet high, giving some exceptional coast walking. Along the way to St. Abbs, we pass through 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 Eyemouth, having completed a walk along some of the best and wildest coast in south east Scotland.

Duration 6 hours
Places 10
Left 10
Price (adult) £20.00 Book

December 2017

+ Friday 1st The Hill Forts in the Breamish Valley, Northumberland National Park
(5 miles (9 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 Valley Cottage Cafe in the village of Ingram, a great place to relax and enjoy tea and cake at the end of the day.

Duration 3 hours
Places 10
Left 10
Price (adult) £12.50 Book
 
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