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Our walks in Northumberland

Select & book your Footsteps guided walk

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 Our Footsteps walks in 2019 and get in touch with us to ensure you are booked on to the walk of your choice.

Following up your booking

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.

Extending your choice

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. 

We always lead your Footsteps guided walk

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.

Our Big Days Out guided walks

Don't forget about our Big Days Out walks, which are not listed, we offer those on a request only basis. On a Big Day Out, as the name suggests, we go further, higher and for longer to experience more of what's on offer for the hill walker/hiker in Northumberland National Park.

Hill Skills and learn how to navigate with map & compass

Our Navigation with a map and compass training days are popular and finally and we deliver the Hill Skills courses on behalf of Mountain Training (England). 

Planning ahead

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 Our Footsteps walks in 2019 link on our Home page.

Our 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.

May 2019

+ 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 Ingram Valley 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
+ Friday 10th 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. It might just about be warm enough to think about walking barefoot, but it can still be chilly in early May, so consider bringing your wellies, <span 0px;"="" normal;="" 0px;="" none;="" left;="" 2;="" 400;="" 13px;="" ms";="" sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet="" 51);="" 51,="" rgb(51,="" 255);="" 255,="" rgb(255,="" !important;="" inline="">walking boots will get a good soaking as we splash through the water on the way across. We can expect to see and hear hundreds of grey seals hauled out on the sandbars in Lindisfarne Bay, they're a real feature of this walk across the sea and not to be missed.  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 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Thursday 16th A sunset walk to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
(8 miles 12 Km)
Start 17:30

A sunset walk to Lindisfarne

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 the 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 5 hours
Places 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Friday 17th Kirknewton and Wester Tor in the National Park
(10 miles 16 Km)
Start 09:00

Kirknewton, Wester Tor and Yeavering Bell 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. Cuthbert'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 10
Left 10
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Monday 20th Bewick Moor - a prehistoric landscape
(8 miles 12 Km)
Start 09:30

Bewick Moor - a Prehistoric landscape

We walk through history as we cross this wonderful heather moorland in the heart of the wild Northumberland countryside. From the Bronze Age (3300BC to 1100BC) right up to the modern day, humans have left their mark on this landscape and you get up close to it, on this Footsteps guided walk. You will discover a hidden cave, a mysterious place with lots of secrets. There’s a ruined farm, Blawearie, romantic and rugged, Wuthering Heights perhaps in a different location. There are two prehistoric hill forts dominating the landscape.  You’ll see Bronze Age rock art, those curious ‘cup and ring’ marked rocks, touch them and reach back through time to those people who left their mark on the landscape. Best of all perhaps is the Bronze Age burial cairn, but I’ll say no more about that particular treasure, you’ll just have to experience it for yourself. 

Duration 5-6 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Tuesday 21st Craster and Low Newton on the Northumberland Coast
(7 miles 11 Km)
Start 09:30

Craster and Low Newton along the wonderful Northumberland Coast

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 dune path marks 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 5-6 hours
Places 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Thursday 23rd Eyemouth to St. Abbs on the Berwickshire Coast
(8 miles 12 Km)
Start 09:30

Eyemouth and St. Abbs on the Berwickshire Coast

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 5-6 hours
Places 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Friday 24th Kirknewton and Wester Tor in Northumberland National Park
(10 miles 16 Km)
Start 09:30

Kirknewton and Wester Tor in the 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
+ Saturday 25th Learn how to navigate with a map and compass
(5 miles 8 kilometres)
Start 09:30

Learn to navigate with map and compass

You can join Footsteps for a day to learn how to navigate with a map and a compass, a useful and essential skill if you want to enjoy your own walking adventures wherever that might be. We can tailor your day to suit your needs, whether that is in the lowlands, along the coast or in the hills of Northumberland National Park. Map and compass skills can be learned and used just about anywhere, so once you have learned the basics and taken the time to practice and develop those skills, you'll be ready to go.

  • Orientate the map
  • Take a grid reference
  • Take a compass bearing and follow it on the ground
  • Accurately pace to a fixed point on the map
  • Use contour lines to help you navigate
  • Develop your relocation skills if you're unsure of your precise location
  • Select which compass and maps to buy to get the most from your walking adventures
  • ​We will also introduce you to the use of a GPS and some of the many other technological devices that are now available to support your map and compass skills.

     

     

     

     

Duration 6 hours
Places 6
Left 6
Price (adult) £50.00 Book
+ Sunday 26th The Pilgrim's Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
(8 miles 12 Km)
Start 00:00

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. It should just about be warm enough in May to walk barefoot, the traditional way of the pilgrim, but if you're in any doubt, wellies work well rather than your walking boots, which will get wet. Otherwise, old trainers or surf shoes are a good substitute. Along the way, you will hear stories from the 7th Century, about King (Saint) Oswald, St Aidan and Cuthbert and about the great changes in religion and life from those far off days. You really will be walking in the footsteps of the Saints on this Footsteps walk. We'll be serenaded by seals and wowed by the terrific views and 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 30th Bewick Moor - a prehistoric landscape
(8 miles 12 Km)
Start 09:30

Bewick Moor, a prehistoric landscape in the Northumberland countryside

We walk through history as we cross this wonderful heather moorland in the heart of the wild Northumberland countryside. From the Bronze Age (3300BC to 1100BC) right up to the modern day, humans have left their mark on this landscape and you get up close to it, on this Footsteps guided walk. You will discover a hidden cave, a mysterious place with lots of secrets. There’s a ruined farm, Blawearie, romantic and rugged, Wuthering Heights perhaps in a different location. There are two prehistoric hill forts dominating the landscape.  You’ll see Bronze Age rock art, those curious ‘cup and ring’ marked rocks, touch them and reach back through time to those people who left their mark on the landscape. Best of all perhaps is the Bronze Age burial cairn, but I’ll say no more about that particular treasure, you’ll just have to experience it for yourself. 

Duration 5-6 hours
Places 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Friday 31st 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 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book

June 2019

+ Saturday 1st Sunset on the Pilgrim's Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
(7 miles, 11 Km)
Start 17:30

A sunset walk on the Pigrim's Way to Lindisfarne

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 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Sunday 2nd Kirknewton and Wester Tor in the National Park
(10 miles 16 Km)
Start 00:00

Kirknewton and Wester Tor

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. Cuthbert'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 10
Left 10
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Sunday 2nd Kirknewton and Wester Tor in Northumberland National Park
(10 miles, 16 Km)
Start 09:30

Kirknewton, Wester Tor and Yeavering Bell 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. Cuthbert'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 6-7 hours
Places 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Monday 3rd Eyemouth to St. Abbs on the Berwickshire Coast
(10 miles 16 Km)
Start 09:30

Eyemouth and St. Abbs on the Berwickshire Coast

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 12
Left 12
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Tuesday 4th Craster and Low Newton on the Northumberland Coast
(7 miles (11 Km))
Start 09:30

Craster and Low Newton on the Northumberland Coast

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 dune path marks 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 5-6 hours
Places 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Friday 7th Bewick Moor - a prehistoric landscape
(8 miles 12 Km)
Start 09:30

Bewick Moor - a prehistoric landscape

We walk through history as we cross this wonderful heather moorland in the heart of the wild Northumberland countryside. From the Bronze Age (3300BC to 1100BC) right up to the modern day, humans have left their mark on this landscape and you get up close to it, on this Footsteps guided walk. You will discover a hidden cave, a mysterious place with lots of secrets. There’s a ruined farm, Blawearie, romantic and rugged, Wuthering Heights perhaps in a different location. There are two prehistoric hill forts dominating the landscape.  You’ll see Bronze Age rock art, those curious ‘cup and ring’ marked rocks, touch them and reach back through time to those people who left their mark on the landscape. Best of all perhaps is the Bronze Age burial cairn, but I’ll say no more about that particular treasure, you’ll just have to experience it for yourself. 

Duration 5 hours
Places 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Tuesday 11th The Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 22:30 The Pilgrim’s Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast

We'll be walking barefoot 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. You'll get to feel the squidgy mud between your toes and you'll see and hear the grey seals singing as we splish-splash our way across Lindisfarne Bay.  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 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Friday 14th Eyemouth to St. Abbs on the Berwickshire Coast
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 09:30

Eyemouth and St. Abbs on the Berwickshire Coast

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 Reserv and in the Spring, the thousands of seabirds that nest here are beginning to return their cliff nesting sites.. 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 5-6 hours
Places 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Tuesday 25th The Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 11:30

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. You will need to wear your wellies for this walk, it's too cold now to walk barefoot and walking boots will get a good soaking as we splash through the water on the way across. Autumn is a great time to see lots of birds, thousands in fact; they are now wintering in Lindisfarne Bay having recently arrived from their Arctic breeding grounds.  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. We have seven places available for this walk, book soon to walk off the Christmas pudding.

Duration 5-6 hours
Places 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Thursday 27th Over the tide on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
(6 miles (10 Km))
Start 08:30

Over the tide on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Something new for 2019, a walk on Holy Island when the tide is in and the causeway is closed to traffic. Join this Footsteps guided walk and experience Lindisfarne as an Island. The usually busy Island becomes quieter as visitors leave and a sense of peace begins to return to the village streets, allowing us the space and the time to explore this remarkable place in Easter week. In the morning, we explore the village, look and listen out for grey seals, perhaps an early swallow will fly overhead and we get a sense of the history of the Island. We have lunch and then head out to explore the wilder side of Lindisfarne, visit Emmanuel Head, the lime kilns and the harbour. The causeway re-opens at 1300 and you can depart having seen the Holy Island of Lindisfarne over the tide and not many people do that.

Duration 5-6 hours
Places 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Friday 28th Bewick Moor - a prehistoric landscape
(8 miles (12 Km))
Start 09:30

Bewick Moor - walking through a Prehistoric landscape

We walk through history as we cross this wonderful heather moorland in the heart of the wild Northumberland countryside. From the Bronze Age (3300BC to 1100BC) right up to the modern day, humans have left their mark on this landscape and you get up close to it, on this Footsteps guided walk. You will discover a hidden cave, a mysterious place with lots of secrets. There’s a ruined farm, Blawearie, romantic and rugged, Wuthering Heights perhaps in a different location. There are two prehistoric hill forts dominating the landscape.  You’ll see Bronze Age rock art, those curious ‘cup and ring’ marked rocks, touch them and reach back through time to those people who left their mark on the landscape. Best of all perhaps is the Bronze Age burial cairn, but I’ll say no more about that particular treasure, you’ll just have to experience it for yourself. 

Duration 5-6 hours
Places 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book

July 2019

+ Tuesday 2nd Hill Forts of the Breamish Valley in the National Park
(10 miles 16 Km)
Start 09:30

The Hillforts in the Breamish Valley of 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 Ingram Cafe, a great place to relax and enjoy tea and cake at the end of the day.

Duration 5-6 hours
Places 10
Left 10
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Thursday 18th Eyemouth to St. Abbs on the Berwickshire Coast
(8 miles 12 Km)
Start 09:30

Eyemouth and St. Abbs on the Berwickshire Coast

 

 

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 5-6 hours
Places 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Friday 19th 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

We'll be walking barefoot 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. You'll get to feel the squidgy mud between your toes and you'll see and hear the grey seals singing as we splish-splash our way across Lindisfarne Bay.  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 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Saturday 20th Learn how to navigate with map and compass
(5 miles 8 kilometres)
Start 09:30

Learn to navigate with map and compass

You can join Footsteps for a day to learn how to navigate with a map and a compass, a useful and essential skill if you want to enjoy your own walking adventures wherever that might be. We can tailor your day to suit your needs, whether that is in the lowlands, along the coast or in the hills of Northumberland National Park. Map and compass skills can be learned and used just about anywhere, so once you have learned the basics and taken the time to practice and develop those skills, you'll be ready to go.

  • Orientate the map
  • Take a grid reference
  • Take a compass bearing and follow it on the ground
  • Accurately pace to a fixed point on the map
  • Use contour lines to help you navigate
  • Develop your relocation skills if you're unsure of your precise location
  • Select which compass and maps to buy to get the most from your walking adventures
  • ​We will also introduce you to the use of a GPS and some of the many other technological devices that are now available to support your map and compass skills.

Duration 6 hours
Places 6
Left 6
Price (adult) £50.00 Book
+ Sunday 21st 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

We'll be walking barefoot 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. You'll get to feel the squidgy mud between your toes and you'll see and hear the grey seals singing as we splish-splash our way across Lindisfarne Bay.  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. 

 

 

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Duration 5-6 hours
Places 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Tuesday 23rd Craster and Low Newton on the Northumberland Coast
(7 miles (12 Km))
Start 09:30

Craster and Low Newton on the Northumberland Coast

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 dune path marks 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 5-6 hours
Places 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Thursday 25th The Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast
(8 miles 12 Km)
Start 13:30 The Pilgrim’s Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on the Northumberland Coast

We'll be walking barefoot 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. You'll get to feel the squidgy mud between your toes and you'll see and hear the grey seals singing as we splish-splash our way across Lindisfarne Bay.  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 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Friday 26th 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 10
Left 10
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Tuesday 30th 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 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £12.50 Book

August 2019

+ Thursday 1st Eyemouth to St. Abbs on the Berwickshire Coast
(8 miles 12 Km)
Start 09:30 Eyemouth and St. Abbs on the Berwickshire Coast

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 5-6 hours
Places 16
Left 16
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Friday 2nd Kirknewton and Wester Tor in the National Park
(10 miles 16 Km)
Start 09:30

Kirknewton and Wester Tor

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. Cuthbert'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 10
Left 10
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Saturday 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. To end the day, coffee and cake in the Ingram Valley 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 10
Left 10
Price (adult) £15.00 Book
+ Saturday 31st Learn how to navigate with map and compass
(5 miles 8 kilometres)
Start 09:30

Learn to navigate with map and compass

You can join Footsteps for a day to learn how to navigate with a map and a compass, a useful and essential skill if you want to enjoy your own walking adventures wherever that might be. We can tailor your day to suit your needs, whether that is in the lowlands, along the coast or in the hills of Northumberland National Park. Map and compass skills can be learned and used just about anywhere, so once you have learned the basics and taken the time to practice and develop those skills, you'll be ready to go.

  • Orientate the map
  • Take a grid reference
  • Take a compass bearing and follow it on the ground
  • Accurately pace to a fixed point on the map
  • Use contour lines to help you navigate
  • Develop your relocation skills if you're unsure of your precise location
  • Select which compass and maps to buy to get the most from your walking adventures
  • ​We will also introduce you to the use of a GPS and some of the many other technological devices that are now available to support your map and compass skills.

Duration 6 hours
Places 6
Left 6
Price (adult) £50.00 Book
 
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