St. Oswald's Way
97 mile walk linking sites associated with this ancient king

St. Oswald’s Way is a 97 mile long-distance walking route, exploring some of the finest landscapes and fascinating history of Northumberland.

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Holiday Packages

All our Standard Itineraries include:

  • Hand-picked accommodation in B&Bs / guest houses / inns / small hotels
  • En-suite facilities where available
  • Breakfast
  • Daily baggage transfers from our own team of local drivers
  • All booking fees

We will also endeavour to include all these in any custom itinerary you wish to build for this walk.

Itin A:   7D / 8N       £1010 pp *

Day 1. Holy Island to Belford (12.3m)
Day 2. Belford to Beadnell (12.2m)
Day 3. Beadnell to Alnmouth (14.9m)
Day 4: Alnmouth to Felton (12.4m)
Day 5. Felton to Rothbury (11.4m)
Day 6. Rothbury to Kirkwhelpington (14.7m), taxi to Corbridge *
Day 7. Taxi to Kirkwhelpington, walk to Humshaugh (19.4m) *

£1,230 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,010 per person (based on group of 2 or more)

*price includes taxi

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Itin B:   6D / 7N       £900 pp *

Day 1. Holy Island to Bamburgh (18.5m)
Day 2. Bamburgh to Dunstan (14.6m)
Day 3: Dunstan to Felton (20.7m)
Day 4. Felton to Rothbury (11.4m)
Day 5. Rothbury to Kirkwhelpington (14.7m), taxi to Corbridge*
Day 6. Taxi to Kirkwhelpington, walk to Wall/Humshaugh (19.4m)

£1,100 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£900 per person (based on group of 2 or more)

*price includes taxi

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Itin C:   9D / 10N       £1245 pp *

Day 1. Holy Island to Belford (12.3m)
Day 2. Belford to Beadnell (12.2m)
Day 3. Beadnell to Dunstan (8.2m)
Day 4: Dunstan to Warkworth (14m)
Day 5: Warkworth to Felton (6.7m)
Day 6. Felton to Rothbury (11.4m)
Day 7. Rothbury to Kirkwhelpington (14.7m), taxi to Corbridge*
Day 8. Taxi to Kirkwhelpington, walk to Standing Stone (12.6m)
Day 9: Wall/Humshaugh (9.6m)

£1,635 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,245 per person (based on group of 2 or more)

*price includes taxi

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* All headline holiday prices are shown per person, based on two people sharing.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage Transfer is automatically included in the price of all our Walking Holiday packages.

These prices are for anyone planning their own holiday and just need bags moving from one stop to the next.

All Itineraries

Price available on request

Max 17kg per bag

Note: If you are booking accommodation in an Airbnb, you must ensure that there will either be someone available to take collection/delivery of your bags or that they have appropriate, secure storage in the event that the proprietor is absent.

Walk Information

Rest Days
Rest days can be incorporated into any walking holiday package at an additional £70.00 per person per night

Solo Travellers
Solo travellers please contact us or use the booking form to send your proposed itinerary including dates, and we will price accordingly. Where possible, we take advantage of existing bookings from other clients to ensure you receive a cost effective service.

Alternative Itineraries
For alternative itineraries to those provided for this route, please contact us, or use the Booking Form to submit your proposed itinerary and number of participants and we will quote accordingly.

Walking Season Dates
Prices are based on the walk starting after 1st April and ending before 30th September.

Walk Information
St. Oswald’s Way is a long-distance walking route, exploring some of the finest landscapes and fascinating history of Northumberland. You will find castles, coastline, islands, scenic river valleys, hills, attractive villages, forest and farmland on your walk.

From Holy Island (Lindisfarne) in the north, St. Oswald’s Way follows the stunning Northumberland coast, before heading inland across beautiful countryside to Heavenfield and Hadrian’s Wall in the south, a distance of 97 miles (156 km). The route links some of the places associated with St. Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early 7th Century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.

OS Explorer Maps
OL42 – Kielder Water & Forest
OL43 – Hadrian’s Wall
316 – Newcastle upon Tyne
325 – Morpeth & Blyth
332 – Alnwick & Amble
340 – Holy Island & Bamburgh

Guide Books
St Oswald’s Way” Published by Cicerone – ISBN: 9781786311559

Mobile Digital Mapping
Digital maps can be viewed on most modern smartphones using an appropriate app, downloaded from the app store associated with your device. Brigantes recommend that whichever app you use, it should support Ordnance Survey 1:25k or 1:50k scale maps. There are many apps to choose from, but the two main providers are Ordnance Survey and Memory Map.

Each provider’s app has its own benefits, but both provide all-important offline navigation, meaning your device does not need a mobile signal to work effectively on the trail.

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Walkers' Testimonials

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8 Replies to “St. Oswald’s Way”

  1. We completed St Oswald’s Way in May 2024.
    All the accommodation was good, Beadnell Towers and Northumberland Arms were the best, the breakfast at Beadnell Towers was the best. Matfen High House was lovely and quirky as were the owners. One of our party left an item at the Antlers in Belford, the owner drove to Beadnell Towers to deliver it before we had even missed it which was good of him.
    The longest, hardest day was from Rothbury to Kirk Whelpington which was the day the weather changed. We encountered rain, wind, sleet, bog, missing signposts and lots of cows, even our most efficient waterproof clothing couldn’t stand up to the Northumbrian rain we were soaked to the skin. Luckily the Angel of Corbridge had the heating on so we were warm and got most stuff dry overnight. We had a run in with a very bad tempered farmer at Clay Walls who, apparently is well known to the Foothpath Officer for the St Oswald’s Way who we met on the walk.
    The bag transfer service was very efficient.
    I would recommend the walk, there is a lot to see en route, castles, ancient ruins, churches – some of which are open for walkers for refreshments and masses of meadows full of flowers including orchids.

    We hope to use Brigantes again in the future their organisation and information provided was excellent.

  2. St Oswalds Way is a very pleasant and not too strenuous walk. The scenery is varied.Huge sandy beaches along the coast, the pretty Coquet valley, the high moorland beyond Rothbury and finally Hadrians Wall. There are several diversions to the original route, some permanent and some temporary. The coastal part of the walk follows the same route as the English Coast Path, so plenty of shiny new signs, and the last part along Hadrians Wall is easy to follow. The central section is poorly signed. This section also has many stiles, footbridge and gates in poor condition. Trying to negotiate a ladder stile with some steps missing and others looking as if they may no longer be weight bearing, when only 5 feet tall caused some amusement!I
    The accommodation, taxi pick up and luggage transfer all worked perfectly. Thankyou Annette.

  3. I chose this walk because of the variety of scenery and thoroughly enjoyed the coast and countryside, castles and churches, pubs and cafes. The organisation was excellent, an interesting variety of accommodation, I particularly liked The Dunstanburgh Castle at Embleton and the Northumberland Arms at Felton. Baggage transfer went smoothly and the taxis were on time and I learnt a lot from the local drivers. This was a quiet trail, I met no-one walking it until I reached Hadrians Wall on the last day but I met several friendly local people and was able to see the wildlife undisturbed including deer on Lindisfarne and courting hares around Great whittington. Thank you Brigantes for another relaxing holiday.

  4. As with every other walk you have arranged for us the arrangements were excellent, both in terms of accommodation and the taxis when needed.
    It is a walk of contrasts with the magnificent beaches and castles on the first few days, followed by the big skies and glorious views of Northumberland when we moved inland. There had been very heavy rain during, and in the days preceding our walk so the trek across fields was often hard going as we ploughed through mud and streams, but none the less enjoyable.
    We greatly appreciated the friendliness of the local people we met in the B&Bs, pubs, restaurants and en route, always ready for a chat, they added to our enjoyment.

    Thanks again Annette and team.

  5. This walk was made even more memorable by the efficient support from Annette when my friend developed some very bad blisters and it became clear we would have to adjust our plan. One call to Brigantes explaining our situation, requesting some changes was acted on swiftly (on a Saturday afternoon) and by the next morning we had a confirmatory text enabling us to really enjoy the last few days of our holiday. The walk is lovely with lots of variety, we didn’t meet many other walkers so it was quiet, and our accommodation was good. We particularly enjoyed The Antlers at Belford, Haven House at Beadnell, The Old Granary at Alnmouth and The Northumberland Arms at Felton. Luggage delivery was faultless and when we needed a taxi this was provided on time with a pleasant driver. Thank you Brigantes ,I shall recommend the company to other walkers.

  6. This was a delightful walk with, as they say ‘everything’ – fantastic beaches, historic castles and churches, some great woodland and ending on the Roman Wall. If you are able to start from Holy Island be warned that the route over the sands is not easy to navigate with boots on until some time after the ‘safe’ period starts: the water takes some time to run off. But if you can start with low tide during the middle of the day, this will continue for the next two days’ walking, much of which can be done on huge, empty beaches – what a delight! The accommodation was varied but all grand, and baggage transfer worked, as usual, 100%.

  7. Thanks. Just to confirm all went very satisfactorily so would not hesitate to recommend your services.

  8. Thank you for arranging our walk.The accommodation was very good throughout: to a high standard with very friendly and hospitable people. Roy, your courier, was also was very helpful and considerate. Greenwick Farm was of course extra special, as was Fran who drove us down to the pub and then collected us after our meal.

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