St Oswald’s Way

This walking holiday traces the footsteps of St Oswald, the Anglo Saxon King who played a significant role in the introduction of Christianity to England. Covering a distance of 97 miles, St Oswald’s Way starts on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. It follows the spectacular Northumberland coastline to Warkworth before heading inland along the beautiful River Coquet to the ancient town of Rothbury. From there it heads south over heather-clad moors, through forest and rolling countryside, finishing at the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall.

St Oswald’s Way has everything: stunning coastal walking, wild expansive moorland, spectacular geology, quiet fishing villages and picturesque market towns. This walking holiday takes you through centuries of history, passing Neolithic rock art, Iron Age forts, Roman sites, medieval castles, eighteenth century limekilns, and coastal defences from World War Two.

It is a straightforward walk, with its highest point at just over 300m (990ft). With a rich variety of birdlife, seals and dolphins, red squirrels, rare butterflies and plants, this walking holiday is the perfect one to choose if you want a taste of all the best bits of England’s best kept secret, Northumberland.

Our Holidays

We offer 2 holidays on St Oswald’s Way. In addition to the whole route, which can be walked over 6 to 9 days, we have the Coastal Highlights walking from Lindisfarne to Warkworth over 3 or 4 days.

Please bear in mind that the distances each day are trail distances only. They do not take into account walking to your accommodation. On some days the accommodation might be on or close to the trail but on other days you may need to walk one or two miles to get to your overnight stop.

Our colleague Gill has walked St Oswald’s Way. Read Gill’s article: Striding Out on St Oswald’s Way.

St Oswald's Way

Lindisfarne to Humshaugh 99 miles/159 km

We offer 4 itineraries covering the whole route. The 6 day itinerary has 5 long days and should only be attempted if you are fit and used to walking long distances day after day. The 9 day trip is done at a more leisurely pace. Most people spend 7 or 8 days walking the whole St Oswald’s Way.

Code Length Average per day Price range
SO7 6 days walking (7 nights) 17 miles/27 km $1125 - $1330 Full Info Book
SO8 7 days walking (8 nights) 14 miles/23 km $1266 - $1504 Full Info Book
SO9 8 days walking (9 nights) 12 miles/19 km $1387 - $1659 Full Info Book
SO10 9 days walking (10 nights) 11 miles/18 km $1557 - $1863 Full Info Book

Coastline & Castles: St Oswald's Way Coastal Highlights

Lindisfarne to Warkworth 46 miles/74 km

If you’ve only got 4 or 5 days to spare, the coastal section of St Oswald’s Way is not to be missed. After a section inland near Lindisfarne, it follows the stunning, unspoilt Northumberland coastline from Bamburgh to Warkworth. Walking along paths and tracks, over farmland, sand dunes and cliff tops, you will get superb views of imposing castles, spectacular geology, beautiful beaches, and a wealth of bird and animal life.

Code Length Average per day Price range
SOC4 3 days walking (4 nights) 15 miles/24 km $686 - $788 Full Info Book
SOC5 4 days walking (5 nights) 12 miles/19 km $847 - $983 Full Info Book

Client Feedback

We have already recommended Mickledore to our Australian friends, following our previous walks in 2017 and 2019. Everything is well organised and efficient.

St Oswald’s Way, April 2023
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The staff are very friendly and efficient, the info packs with supporting info are great, the accommodation options are varied and excellent.

Lady Anne’s Way, August 2023
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The whole trip was just fantastic, I have recommended it and you to so many people. All we had to think about was the walk each day and what we were going to see. The organisation of it all was faultless and left us to just enjoy it all.

West Highland Way, September 2023
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