St Oswald's Way

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Start: Holy Island
Distance: 96 miles (154 km)
Grid Ref: NU127416
Climbing: 2,400 metres
Walk time: 40-48 hours
Days: 5-9

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: St Oswald’s Way is a long distance footpath which explores some of the finest landscapes of Northumberland and which delves into the rich history of the county. 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. From Holy Island (Lindisfarne) in the north, St Oswald’s Way heads inland to Fenwick and across Buckton Moor before following woodland and open country trails to Belford. From here the route tracks east to Bamburgh with its spectacular castle and then follows the stunning Northumberland coast through North Sunderland and Beadnell to the romantic ruin of Dunstanburgh Castle. Staying on the coast the route continues to Craster, Boulmer, Alnmouth and Warkworth before heading inland across beautiful countryside through Felton and past Weldon Bridge to Brinkburn Priory and then following the River Coquet to Rothbury. Rothbury Forest and Harwood Forest are then crossed to reach Kirkwhelpington. Then it is a southwards journey to Great Bavington, Little Bavington and Great Whittington to reach Milecastle 20 on Hadrian’s Wall. Finally the Roman wall is followed eastwards to the historic site of Heavenfield at the end of St Oswald’s Way.

Useful Links:
St Oswald's Way and St Cuthbert's Way Guide Book
St Oswald's Way Website 1
St Oswald's Way Website 2
Long Distance Walkers Association

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