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Northumbria: England's Wild Frontier

Group Tour

8 Days From £1,945

Overview

A land forged by conquest, the wilds of Northumberland provide the spectacular backdrop to this remarkable walking adventure. England's 'Cradle of Christianity', Northumberland's rich cultural and historical heritage owes much to its close proximity to its Scottish and Scandinavian neighbours. Romans, Danes, Saxons and Normans have all left their mark here and, until the union between Scotland and England, border warfare was a brutal and ever-present way of life.

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

7 x Breakfasts
3 x Lunches
4 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

Minibus and on foot.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 12

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

7 nights x Premium

ACCOMMODATION

Wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience. This can obviously vary greatly across both countries and tours. On this particular trip we will typically be in small comfortable boutique hotels. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Moderate

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

EXPAND ALL ITINERARY DAYS
COLLAPSE ALL ITINERARY DAYS

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN DURHAM; VISIT NORTH PENNINES

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN DURHAM; VISIT NORTH PENNINES

Meeting in historic Durham, we begin our adventure with a drive across the northern Pennines and into the wild heart of Northumberland. Stopping to visit the powerful cascades of the High Force and Low Force Waterfalls, we then break our journey at the remote Langdon Beck Pub for lunch. After a scenic afternoon walk to the Cauldron Snout Waterfall, from where we'll take in the spectacular views up to Cross Fell, we continue on to Hexham, where we spend the next two nights.

Total walking distance 11kms, 215m ascent. Approx.3-4 hrs.

The Beaumont or similar
Dinner

DAY 2: EXPLORE HADRIAN'S WALL

DAY 2: EXPLORE HADRIAN'S WALL

Today's walk leads us through the remote landscapes that lie close to the South Tyne River, following a trail of rarely used tracks that take us on to the Roman Fort of Vindolanda. Heralded as a 'jewel in Hadrian's crown', the fort predates the emperor's more famous wall, as we shall discover on our tour of the excavations. After lunch, this afternoon sees us walking to the iconic setting of Sycamore Gap.

Total walking distance 11km, 290m ascent. Approx 3-4 hrs.

The Beaumont or similar
Breakfast

DAY 3: DISCOVER ROTHBURY AND CRAGSIDE

DAY 3: DISCOVER ROTHBURY AND CRAGSIDE

The first building in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity, Cragside Estate was once described as 'a palace of the modern magician'. After wandering through its elegant gardens and surrounding woodland, we travel on to the nearby Rothbury Trenches, which once provided unbloodied soldiers with a taste of what they were soon to face for real on the battlefields of First World War France. Later this afternoon we transfer the short distance to our next base near to the stunning Northumberland Coast.

Total walking distance 12km, 150m ascent. Approx 3-4 hrs.

The Sun Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: ALONG THE STUNNING NORTHUMBRIAN COAST

DAY 4: ALONG THE STUNNING NORTHUMBRIAN COAST

Focusing on the coast today, our journey takes us next to Warkworth Castle, built in 1200 AD and once the ancestral home of the Percy family. We will have an opportunity to visit its Hermitage, chapel and priest's house, built into the cliffs above the River Coquet, before an afternoon walk along the magnificent Northumberland coastline then takes us on towards Alnmouth and the picturesque town of Alnwick, home to Alnwick Castle which was used to portray Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies.

Total walking distance 10km, 90m ascent. Approx 3 hrs.

The Sun Hotel or similar
Breakfast

DAY 5: TO THE SCOTTISH BORDER!

DAY 5: TO THE SCOTTISH BORDER!

Into the wilds and onto the border! Traveling up towards Scotland, we head deep into the wild moors and hills to tackle the highest point on our trip, Deadwater Fell. From 1900 feet, our efforts are rewarded with far reaching views across Northumberland and the Scottish hills, and maybe even to the North Sea coast if we're lucky! Later in the afternoon we stop for a walk along Northern Europe's largest man made lake, the magnificent Kielder Water nestled in the borderlands of Kielder Forest. After a great day of walking we transfer North to our new hotel, the Collingwood Arms. 

Total walking distance 16km, 300m ascent. Approx 5-6 hrs.

The Collingwood Arms or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: LINDISFARNE AND BAMBURGH CASTLE

DAY 6: LINDISFARNE AND BAMBURGH CASTLE

Today's itinerary is very much dictated by the tides which cut off the holy isle of Lindisfarne twice a day. We will have the opportunity (at low tide) to walk the 5kms of the Pilgrim Route out to the island - either barefoot or in wellies. A walk along the beach after lunch then brings us to the equally magnificent setting of Bamburgh Castle, considered to be the finest coastal fortification in England. NB, Due to the tides, on some departures in lieu of the Pilgrim Route, we will undertake instead a much longer walk along the coast from Beadnell northwards to Bamburgh.

Total walking distance 10-13km, 50m ascent. Approx 4-5 hrs.

The Collingwood Arms or similar
Breakfast

DAY 7: ALONG THE RIVER TWEED

DAY 7: ALONG THE RIVER TWEED

There is an option to enjoy an early morning walk along the Tweed River, before we pay a visit to the Ford and Etal Estate. Located in the River Till Valley, the estate is a historic gem and provides a chance to explore its old flour mill and brewery, before we take a walk amongst the splendid College Valley in search of wild Cheviot goats. There will also be a chance for an optional visit to the Yeavering Bell Fort and its unique rock art.

Total walking distance 8-13km, 120-300m ascent. Approx 2.5-4.5 hrs.

The Collingwood Arms or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: TOUR ENDS IN DURHAM

DAY 8: TOUR ENDS IN DURHAM

Our tour ends after breakfast this morning, with transfers included to Durham and Alnmouth. Please note that we will not arrive in Durham until around midday so please organise your onward travel arrangements accordingly.

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION USED ON THIS TOUR

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Accommodation displayed here should be taken as a guide only. *Please refer to the Detailed Itinerary of your individual departure for more information.

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

REVIEWS OF THIS TRIP

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. For more information, please see our responsible travel page.

Getting There

The nearest airport to the start/end point of the trip is Newcastle (NCL) but our suggested option is to take the train to/from Durham. More details can be found at www.seat61.com. For those wishing to drive, there is a long-stay carpark at Durham train station offering weekly rates for £63 (subject to change).

Before making your own arrival/departure arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase tickets which are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Visas

For this tour UK passport holders (obviously) do not require a visa!

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements. Ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration?

Unless you live within close proximity of Durham (the tour's starting point) you will need to overnight here the day before the tour starts so as to be ready for an 08:30 departure on DAY 1. For a conveniently located Durham hotel we can suggest the Radisson Blu from where we will meet to start the tour.

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

England sometimes gets a bad rap when it comes to climate. It admittedly can be unpredictable and this is certainly true when walking in the hills. However with temperatures in excess of 20C having been recorded in Northumberland every month from March to October, you can certainly expect many fine sunny days as well as the inevitable rainy day also.

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Although none of the walks are particularly demanding, in order to get the most out of this trip you should be comfortable with hill-walking and definitely enjoy the great outdoors. Please note also that this tour is operated in conjunction with Active England.

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip. On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

Please note that discounts of £13/£8 (or equivalent) are available to anyone who has English Heritage/National Trust membership respectively. Please give us your membership number(s) when booking and be sure to take your card(s) with you on the trip.

DEPOSIT

A £200 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 468 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Airport Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

INSPIRATION