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About Footsteps

Established in 2011

Patrick Norris, Founder & Guide

Hello, I am Patrick and I will be your guide on your Footsteps guided walk in Northumberland. I hold the Hill and Moorland Leader Award, a nationally recognised qualification and I have been leading guided walks since 2003.

Footsteps was established in 2011 and since then, we have led hundreds of guided walks and led thousands of people around Northumberland, exploring and discovering its many delights, its history, wildlife and sheer beauty across the 12 months of the year.

I am available as a freelance guide and I lead walking holidays for Shepherds Walks, Just You Holidays and HF Holidays. I have completed, for example, Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail eight times, walked St. Oswald’s Way and St. Cuthbert’s Way too. My knowledge of history, wildlife, wildflowers, farming, and forestry is shared with you during the walk and whatever else comes up along the way.

I am a Northumberland Coast Ambassador for Northumberland. I am also the Recreation and Access Special Interest Member on the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership.

I love walking and I love to lead guided walks in Northumberland. I look forward to meeting and walking with you on a Footsteps guided walk.


Northumberland History

You may find yourself walking barefoot in the footsteps of St. Oswald, King, St. Aidan, an Irish Celtic monk who arrived on Lindisfarne in 635AD and St. Cuthbert, perhaps the most famous of the 7th-century Christians who lived, worked and died in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria. All three are intricately linked to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, so, as we splash across the sea on the Pilgrim’s Way, you truly are walking in their footsteps.

It’s a unique experience and the best way to reach Holy Island, the jewel of the Northumberland Coast is along the Pilgrim’s Way. To get the most of the journey, travel with your Footsteps guide and discover more about the extraordinary story of Oswald, Aidan, and Cuthbert as we cross the sea to Lindisfarne.

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Footsteps in Northumberland winner of the Silver Award for the Experience of the Year 2020

Footsteps in Northumberland is nominated in the Experience of the Year Category in the North East England Tourism Awards 2020

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