Castles on cliffs, seals basking on Holy Island and endless views on a relaxing bank holiday weekend away...
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Celebrate the Spring Bank Holiday with Large Outdoors on the Northumberland coast, our three night trip is based from the coastal village of Seahouses, each day we will head out to discover this treasured part of northern England. We’ll head out for the days on sociable guided walks, taking the time to explore historical sites, and hopefully get over to Holy Island and even the wildlife sanctuary of the Farne Islands.
The Northumberland coast is England’s most northerly stretch of seaside, where great cliffs and long peaceful beaches meet the North Sea. It’s a fantastic place for some sociable walking, where views over the natural wonders of the shore are constantly interrupted by castles, ancient sites, and great pubs!
- Friday 22nd May to Monday 25th May 2020
In a nutshell:
- Three days of sociable guided walks to discover the best of the Northumberland coast.
- Plenty of time to sight-see at famous castles such as Bamburgh and to sample the local pubs and tea rooms.
- Meet some friendly fellow wanderers and enjoy a real getaway in a hostel near the sea, with freshly prepared food and a Large Outdoors leader to run the weekend.
- Look out for local wildlife, including puffins, seals and dolphins.
After a stunning drive through some of Northumberland’s best scenery you will arrive and the relaxation can begin. Soon you’ll be settled in with a hot drink getting to know your companions for the weekend and soaking in the atmosphere of this very special part of the countryside.
Tonight we will dine in the hostel with a home cooked meal and the perfect chance to meet your fellow adventurers, don’t forget we don’t supply alcoholic drinks but your welcome to bring any wine or beers you may wish to enjoy.
Saturday and Sunday
These are our two full days to get out and explore the Northumberland Coast. Exactly which walks we will go on will be decided nearer the time by your leader but here are some options we’ll be thinking about so you can whet your appetite. Each day we will be offering a gentle walk of around 6-8 miles and a more challenging walk of around 8-14 miles.
These are just some of the options we may do some, all of none of them.
Craster to Seahouses – This stunning section of coastline has everything you could want from a great walk, variety, wildlife and castles! Walking north from Crastor along the cliffs we’ll pass the imposing Dunstanburgh Castle before dropping down to the beach at Embleton Bay and Beadnell Bay, admiring the sand dunes and the bird sanctuary before re-joining the path into Seahouses for a well-earned pub visit!
Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island – A good day to split into two, we could start by exploring the impressive remains of Bamburgh Castle (used in many films and TV series) before a short wander along the coast to see how the castle fits into the landscape. We’ll make sure we time the tides right for a visit to Holy Island and the monastery of Lindisfarne, walking around the island before heading back over the causeway.
Hulne Park – If the weather on the coast isn’t looking so good, or we feel like a change, we could head to the woodland and ancient hunting lands of the Dukes of Northumberland that now form Hulne Park, near Alnwick Castle and Abbey, including parkland sculpted by Capability Brown. There are lots of low-level walking trails allowing us to explore the area and find out about its history. And there’s always a tea room nearby…
Excursions and Day Trips:
Farne Island Excursion – Monday 25th May 2020
On the final day of the trip why not head out on a boat trip to the world-famous seal colony and bird breeding site of the Farne Islands, equally famous as a site of Christian pilgrimage. The boat will depart at 10am on Monday 25th May on a 3 hour tour of the Farnes, including a landing at Inner Farne. This must be booked in advance and can be done so on this page.
Please note that the price being paid for here is for the boat; there is an additional cost of £7-8 to be paid to the National Trust to land on the island. We have not included this cost here because if you are a National Trust member, you get this for free. Please remember to bring your National Trust card with you if this is the case.
Surf or Paddle Board – There will also be the chance to have a go at either Stand Up Paddle Boarding or Surfing, due to the weather conditions it will normally be one of the other. These will be announced shortly.
Horse riding – Although we won’t be organising this activity there is the option to go horse riding in the local area if you would be interested then please do let the office know.
Late Afternoon Onwards
When the walks are over, we’ll head back to the hostel with a chance to freshen up and kick back or maybe head out into Seahouses to visit one of the many coastal pubs. An evening meal is included in the cost of the trip and will be prepared in the hostel. This is a great social experience not only when we all sit down for dinner, but also in the kitchen as members of the group are always welcome to help out. After all the best parties have always been in the kitchen,
After breakfast at we’ll pack up and leave the hostel to head out for a final day of walking. There will be a half-day walk for those wanting to get off and also another longer full day walk on offer.
Alternatively, we could head out on a boat trip to the Farne Islands, seabird sanctuary and somewhere we’re almost guaranteed to see grey seals. This will depend on boat times and the weather, and will be decided nearer the time.
Possible walk options we can go on today could include Hulne Park, Holy Island or other stretches of the coast, or we could head inland to go for a short wander in the Cheviot Hills, the last gasp of the Pennines before the Scottish border. We’ll be out for around 3 hours before heading to a pub or café where you can get some lunch before the weekend comes to an end.
About the Area
In the far north-east of England, Northumberland is part of the border country, just south of Scotland. It was the hotbed of Christianity in Anglo-Saxon times and the famous monastery at Lindisfarne on Holy Island is still a site of pilgrimage today. Alongside these ruins lie several impressive ruined castles, including Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh, and sites of Roman occupation. The coast ranges between beautiful beaches, cliffs festooned with birds, sand dunes and islands where seals bask in the sunshine. The Northumberland Coast Path runs the full length of the most spectacular sections, and St Cuthbert’s Way takes you out to visit Holy Island. This quiet part of England is a perfect destination for walkers, wildlife lovers and people who just love the peace and quiet that comes with remote and beautiful seaside wanders.
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Free Train Station Collection:
UPDATED COLLECTION DETAILS:
Please note we have had to change the collection point from Chathill to Alnmouth Station at 3pm. This was due to the timetable changes and lack of trains to Chathill.
Please note that the return shuttle on Monday afternoon will be at around 3pm, after the walk finished and the group has had lunch. We do not recommend booking a train before 4pm; an open return is the best option. This will return you to Alnmouth.
These must be booked by contacting the office and are available on a first come first served basis.
- 3 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 3 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other activities such as the Farne Isles boat trip will be optional and will incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus evening meals on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfasts and packed lunches for Saturday and Sunday’s Walk.
As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Vegetarian or Vegan:
We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.
We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.
Ticket / room types:
Shared Room – This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.
If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.
Private Rooms – Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.
Early Bird – On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…
You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016