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Walking St Oswald's Way and Northumberland Coast Path

Heavenfield and Cresswell to Holy Island

Guide to St Oswald's Way, stretching 97 miles (156km) through Northumberland from Heavenfield near Hadrian's Wall, to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) and taking in almost the whole length of the Northumberland Coast AONB. Includes an option to continue to Berwick-upon-Tweed on the final stage of the Northumberland Coast Path.


Spring, summer and autumn; late autumn for birdlife; expect snow on higher ground in winter


Heavenfield, Cresswell, Amble, Kirkwhelpington, Rothbury, Craster, Warkworth, Bamburgh, Holy Island, West Mains, Berwick-upon-Tweed


No special difficulties to encounter on the routes in this guide, though a reasonable level of fitness is assumed. Some of the stages as described are fairly long, though they can be broken down into shorter sections. Crossing to Holy Island must be timed to coincide with low tide

Must See

Warkworth Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Hadrian's Wall, Simonside, Lordenshaws, Howick Hill Fort, Dunstanburgh Castle, St Cuthbert's Cave, Lindisfarne Priory, Lindisfarne Castle, Cheswick Sands
14 Jun 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x .80cm

A guidebook to two long-distance walks in Northumberland: St Oswald’s Way, a 156 km (97 mile) route from Heavenfield to Holy Island and the Northumberland Coast Path, covering 100 km (62 miles) of the Northumberland Coast AONB.

St Oswald’s Way between Heavenfield and Lindisfarne (Holy Island) is presented in 7 stages between 12 and 29km (7-18 miles) in length. The Northumberland Coast Path can be tackled in 6 stages of 12-24km (7-15 miles) between Creswell and Berwick-upon-Tweed. The St Oswald’s Way and the Coast Path can both be completed in one week.

  • Offers alternative start from Hadrian’s Wall 
  • 1:50,000 OS mapping for each stage
  • Local points of interest are featured including Warkworth Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Hadrian's Wall, Simonside, Howick Hill Fort, Dunstanburgh Castle, Lindisfarne Priory, Cheswick Sands
  • Detailed planning advice on packing, accommodation options and public transport
  • Notes on the geology, wildlife, and history of the area 

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By Rudolf Abraham

Rudolf Abraham ( is an award-winning travel writer and photographer specialising in Central and Southeastern Europe. He is the author of 14 books, and his work is published widely in magazines.  

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