Fishing boat at sunset on the Aln estuary at low tide, Alnmouth, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom, Europe

With more castles than any other county in England combined with miles of beaches, quaint villages and a haven for wildlife, our new long weekend walking holiday in Northumberland blows the cobwebs away and is a brilliant break over a bank holiday.

Small fishing village in  North East of England.

Walk 1 –8 miles – Circular Craster Route

This first full day walk starts and finishes in the small fishing village of Craster, famous for its kipper, and takes in the stark ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. In an area particularly rich in castles it remains, nevertheless, one of the most attractive, standing out majestically against the backdrop of the North Sea. We will walk along fine close-cropped grassy paths, with the sea for company, pass two important seabird colonies, a shipwreck and the entrance to Howick Hall Gardens (the home of Earl Grey tea). We walk through farmland seeing the remnants of an unusual World War II pillbox before stopping off at the delightful Cottage Inn for lunch (own account).

Walk 2 – 10 miles - Boulmer to Warkworth

Sundays walk follows the coast from Boulmer (tide permitting) down the coast to Almouth, an attractive little seaside town, all red roofs and colour-washed walls. Following the River Aln, we walk around the estuary which is significant in size at high tide and is a haven for wildlife and birds. Continuing through meadows and along the Buston Links dunes, a National Trust managed site which is haven for wildflowers and is protected for its sea rocket, the path leads into Warkworth. After a pub lunch (own account) we visit this delightful village with its imposing C15th castle, once the home to the mighty Percy barons. We walk along the peaceful River Coquet skirting the castle grounds and back into the village.

Newcastle Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park

The hotel is located off the A1 with Newcastle Central Station 5 miles away. Complimentary car parking is available.

Facilities include

Found in 12 acres of stately parkland just a few minutes from Newcastle Racecourse, this stylish hotel offers a welcoming bar and lounge and international restaurant. We can relax in the spa with a treatment (extra charges) or enjoy the indoor swimming pool, gym and sauna.

Rooms Include 

Our contemporary rooms are air-conditioned and feature ironing facilities, safe, satellite TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, hair dryer and Wi-Fi (chargeable).

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Useful Information

Location & Transport
The hotel is located off the A1 with Newcastle Central Station 5 miles away. Complimentary car parking is available.

Walking programme
Two guided walks are included in the programme. The walking programme is graded easy to medium and you can expect to walk up to 11km (8 miles) on the first walk and around 16km (10 miles) on the second walk.

A coach will be used to transfer you to the beginning and end points of both walks.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort.

Whilst we would hope for good weather during your holiday, it is of course impossible to guarantee this. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
  • Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
  • Walking socks – several pairs
  • Lightweight fleece or jumper
  • Hat & gloves
  • Daysack/rucksack for walking
  • Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
  • Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
  • Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
  • Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses – the sun’s strength is often multiplied in mountainous areas.

There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below. The Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides, porters and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately £10. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (the rounding up of the drinks bill and a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, restaurants expect a 10% gratuity (do check that service has not already been added to your bill). For taxis 10% of the metered fare.

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
24 Aug 2018 27 Aug 2018 3 All Ages £ 499 Guaranteed Departure BOOK
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What's included:

  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • 2 full day guided walks including transfers
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Half Board:
    Breakfast & dinner

What's Extra:

  • Insurance see here

Walking Notes

  • Grade: Easy to medium
  • Distance: 11 - 16km per day
  • Walking boots: Essential
  • NB:
    You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.

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