Northumberland’s unique collection of gardens is a real delight, together with the wonderful heritage coastline. We stay in the heart of Northumberland, a short drive from the Northumberland National Park, perfectly located for our explorations.
Northumberland is in the North East of England and is the most northerly of England’s counties. There is a variety of scenic landscapes; moorland, rolling hills, coastline and beaches, as well as small towns and villages full of character.
Natural Beauty in the North East
Northumberland, the birthplace of Britain’s most famous landscape architect Capability Brown, is a delight to any garden and flower enthusiast. Stroll through beautiful stately homes and their exceptional gardens.
In contrast, the vast open spaces in this county provide the finest fresh air, making it the perfect location to stop and breathe. With dramatic, rugged hills and wide sandy beaches, this area is truly glorious.
Our visit to Alnwick will be spent ambling around the incredible castle. You may also have some time to visit the popular Barter Books, where you can read in front of an open fire.
A Place to Rest Your Head
We stay in a country house hotel in a rural location near to the peaceful town of Morpeth. From here, most of our daily journeys will take less than 30 minutes, and we will make use of private coach transport to take us to the places we visit.
There are gentle walks included each day so you can take in the sights of Northumberland, as well as the heritage coastline. Your Adagio Leader will ask you to be in the right place at the right time, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy the scenery.
- Services of a dedicated Adagio leader
- Half board accommodation in a four star hotel
- Entrances fees to the sites visited in the programme (except for Wallington)
- All local transport costs
What's not included?
- Entrance fee to Wallington which is free for National Trust members
- Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary tips
- Optional excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
To fully enjoy the walking on this holiday you should be able to walk along uneven undulating paths at about 1½ to 2 miles per hour for distances of between 3 to 4½ miles with walks lasting up to 3 hours. When sightseeing is involved at the places visited, you can walk as much or as little as you wish.
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
Linden Hall Hotel
Check in at The Linden Hall Hotel is from 3:00pm. You can make use of the hotel facilities before you all meet at approximately 6.30pm before your evening meal.
Howick Hall Gardens & Craster
Linden Hall Hotel
The garden at Howick Hall is the destination for the morning. After refreshments in the Earl Grey Teahouse, we walk for around 90 minutes along the coastal path to the attractive harbour village of Craster with stunning views of Dunstanburgh Castle along the way.
Alnwick Castle & Gardens
Linden Hall Hotel
Arrive in Alnwick to spend time at your leisure visiting Alnwick Castle. Your entrance fee will also include a visit to The Alnwick Garden where you can also spend some time. There will be an afternoon garden tour available. If time allows, you can spend some time enjoying the historic market town and perhaps visit the popular Barter Books.
Bamburgh Castle & walking the Northumberland Coast
Linden Hall Hotel
We start the day in Bamburgh village and spend time visiting Bamburgh Castle. The afternoon is on the coast, where your Adagio Leader will walk you along the huge stretch of sandy beach between the village of Bamburgh, with views of the iconic Bamburgh Castle to Seahouses, a gateway to the Farne Islands. You will take in the outstanding views, crashing waves and ‘Big Skies’ as you reach the harbour. The coastline is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
National Trust's Wallington Estate
Linden Hall Hotel
The day will be spent at the National Trust property of Wallington, where your Adagio Leader will provide a guided circular walk in the large grounds. There are tea rooms, shop, a spectacular walled garden with a glass house and the house with various collections. A one-hour tour of the gardens with their gardener has been arranged.
Departure day and farewell to your Adagio Leader and other group members. Check out of the hotel is by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.
The cost of entry to Wallington is not included in the holiday cost as this is a National Trust property, so you may have membership which can get you free of charge entry.
Walks & Excursions
We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.
Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.
We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.
An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights. They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people. They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
Leaders Evening Briefing
Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.
Getting to your Holiday
Check-in at the hotel is from 3:00pm. Our Adagio Leader will meet with you prior to your evening dinner for a group welcome meeting.
To reach the hotel by car:
Enjoy a scenic drive into Northumberland passing the famous Angel of the North at Gateshead travelling on the A1 northbound.
Heading southbound into Northumberland from Scotland, the A1 crosses the River Tweed.
From the west, take the A69 and A66 while the A19 links Northumberland with the Port of Tyne.
The hotel is located off the A697. The hotel website has good driving instructions if you type in the postcode you are travelling from.
Parking at The Linden Hall Hotel is free for guests and there is ample space.
To reach the hotel by rail:
The nearest railway station to your hotel is at Morpeth. Less than three hours from London Kings Cross will get you to Northumberland on the East Coast mainline. Connecting westbound services are run by Cross Country. Morpeth railway station is 11 miles from the hotel so we suggest you pre-book a taxi. You may like to try contacting Phoenix Taxis on 01670 540222 or Castle Taxis on 01670 519898 for a quote.
Northumberland by air:
Flights land at Newcastle International Airport, a 25-minute drive from Morpeth. Further south, Durham Tees Valley International Airport is just over an hour’s drive south of Morpeth.
To reach the hotel by coach / bus:
The coach operator National Express allows travel to Newcastle and connect with regular local services from Newcastle to Morpeth. Timetables and routes can be found at http://jplanner.travelinenortheast.info.
Arriva bus is the public bus services operator and typical journey times from Newcastle to Morpeth are 30 minutes. A taxi will then need to be arranged from the bus station to the hotel.
Route planning to and from Longhorsley:
The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find the hotel.
An excellent website to assist in your travel plans is Rome2Rio.
Personal Details Check
Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
The hamlet of Longhorsley is quiet with very few shops or amenities. The most notable feature of Longhorsley is the comfortable Linden Hall Hotel, set in 450 acres of tranquil countryside. A 30-minute drive south takes you to Newcastle however the nearest town is Morpeth, 10 minutes’ drive away, where you will find many shops.
We stay on a half board basis. Breakfasts and evening meals will be taken in the hotel restaurant. Lunches will be at your expense. The hotel can provide packed lunches at a cost of around £9.50 each or there will be opportunities to buy lunch at the places we visit each day.
Footwear & Kit List
Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.
General Kit List
We recommend you bring the following items with you:
- Lightweight walking boots with ankle support (you may prefer walking shoes if you have strong ankles)
- Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
- A sunhat, fleece and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
- Sun cream in the warmer months.
- A water bottle.
- A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
- A simple basic first aid kit.
- A daypack to hold all the above.
- Your valid National Trust membership card if you have one (for entrance to Wallington).
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Travel Document Checklist
To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:
- Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
- Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
- Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
- Holiday currency
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
- Your travel insurance details
- Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
- Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
- A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Maps & Guidebooks
Ideal Maps & Guidebooks
Prior to your visit to Bamburgh Castle, you may wish to visit https://www.bamburghcastle.com/ for more information. The entrance fee is included in the holiday price.
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
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Visas and Passports
No Visa Required
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Staying Healthy on Holiday
Further Health Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
Although insurance is not compulsory for this holiday for UK residents, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in eventualities such as unexpected cancellation.
We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public.
In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for future holidays. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
We suggest that you may want to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.