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St Oswald's Way walking route

Walk St Oswald's Way
Experience the serenity of Holy Island's beaches, be wowed by Warkworth’s castle and hermitage, and discover Northumberland's Roman heritage at Hadrian's Wall. There is something for everyone on the St Oswald's Way walk.

Explore outstanding landscapes

This magnificent route links places associated with its namesake - St Oswald - the King of Northumbria in the early 7th Century. He played a major part in bringing Christianity and peace to his people.

The route follows the stunning Northumberland coast and countryside from Holy Island to Heavenfield and Hadrian’s Wall. You will find castles, coastline, islands, scenic river valleys, hills, attractive villages, forest and farmland - what’s not to love?
 
The walk is a distance of 97 miles (156 km), but not to worry, if you would like to see some of these fantastic sites and are unable to walk this far, a number of shorter walks have been created for you. Go to the official St Oswald's Way website to explore all of the walks.
 
St. Oswald’s Way is divided into six sections from north to south:
 
1. Holy Island to Bamburgh (19 miles / 31 km)
2. Bamburgh to Craster (14 miles / 22 km)
3. Craster to Warkworth (13.5 miles / 21.5 km)
4. Warkworth to Rothbury (18 miles / 29 km)
5. Rothbury to Kirkwhelpington (15 miles / 24 km)
6. Kirkwhelpington to Heavenfield (17.5 miles / 28.5 km)
 
You can, of course, walk the route in different sections or in the opposite direction.

For more detailed information about routes, services and obtaining a certificate for completing the route please visit the official St Oswald's Way website.

Stay near St Oswald's Way



Stretching from Holy Island to Heavenfield, you can have your pick of countryside retreats or coastal getaways when basing yourself along this route. Pick a new place every night and hike between holiday homes, or stay in one spot and use it as your base to explore.
 
Recommended
Hexham Caravan & Camping

Hexham Racecourse Caravan Site

Situated two miles south of Hexham, the site provides an ideal base for exploring the ancient market town.
Holy Island Self Catering

Eider Duck Cottage

18th century cottage in the heart of the village with its own secluded garden, sleeps 4-6.
Craster Self Catering

Craster Tower Penthouse Apartment

Penthouse apartment in historic Craster Tower, above picturesque fishing village. Sleeps eight. Centrally heated. Two bathrooms and additional shower room. Allows up to 2 dogs.
Guide Price £903.00 Per week
Alnwick Self Catering

Low Steads Holiday Cottages

Dog-friendly and accessible farm cottages on the Northumberland Coast.
Guide Price £651.00 Per week
Alnmouth Hotel

The Whittling House Hotel

An outstanding characterful hotel, featuring comfortable interiors and roaring fires all set back from stunning Alnmouth beach.
Craster Caravan & Camping

Proctors Stead Caravan Park

Quiet family-run park. Easy access. Level pitches. EHU. Laundry. WiFi. Superb location for coastal walks. Craster/pub nearby.
Guide Price £24.00 Per Night
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Seahouses Hostel

Seahouses Hostel

A peaceful retreat in a beautiful location on the Northumberland Coast; offering affordable accommodation suitable for groups, cyclists and walkers.
Guide Price £18.00 Per Night
Hexham Self Catering

Stay On The Hill

07939 121785
Seahouses Self Catering

Stay in Seahouses

Alnwick Self Catering

3A & 3B Coastguard Cottages

0191 251 2506
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