Northumbria: England's Wild Frontier
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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.
Our journey begins in Durham, from where we head out along the Pennine Way and into the untamed heart of England's northernmost county. We'll take in some of the region's most spectacular waterfalls, and enjoy the views up to the highest fells in the Pennines. Then it's on to the iconic Roman remains of Vindolanda and Hadrian's Wall, before we take in the ancient seat of the Percy family and the poignant setting of the Rothbury Trenches.
The border country then provides an opportunity to visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the magnificent fortress of Bamburgh, before we hike through the beautiful valley landscapes along the Tweed and Till rivers. With wild goats to hand and charming historic properties to enjoy, this promises to be a captivating journey for culture and nature lovers alike.
DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN DURHAM; VISIT NORTH PENNINES
Total walking distance 11kms, 215m ascent. Approx.3-4 hrs.
DAY 2: EXPLORE HADRIAN'S WALL
Total walking distance 11km, 290m ascent. Approx 3-4 hrs.
DAY 3: DISCOVER ROTHBURY AND CRAGSIDE
Total walking distance 12km, 150m ascent. Approx 3-4 hrs.
DAY 4: ALONG THE STUNNING NORTHUMBRIAN COAST
Total walking distance 10km, 90m ascent. Approx 3 hrs.
DAY 5: TO THE SCOTTISH BORDER!
Total walking distance 16km, 300m ascent. Approx 5-6 hrs.
DAY 6: LINDISFARNE AND BAMBURGH CASTLE
Total walking distance 10-13km, 50m ascent. Approx 4-5 hrs.
DAY 7: ALONG THE RIVER TWEED
Total walking distance 8-13km, 120-300m ascent. Approx 2.5-4.5 hrs.
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.