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Footsteps - Walking the beauty of Northumberland

Belford, United Kingdom
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About Footsteps - Walking the beauty of Northumberland
At Footsteps - walking the beauty of Northumberland we offer guided walking and hiking tours along the Northumberland Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the Northumberland National Park and in the countryside between the two. Our guided tours explore and discover the remarkable countryside in England's most northern county.
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The Arty Footsteps Experience is a unique opportunity to walk, explore and draw in the Breamish Valley in Northumberland National Park. The idea behind the Experience, is to encourage the traveller to slow down and take some time to stand and stare at the landscape around them. By slowing down, you can use that time to observe in a way that an artist observes and the creativity naturally follows on. To help you draw, we provide the artist's materials you will need. To nourish you, we bring you a picnic, made up from local Northumberland produce. To nourish your soul, we share the beautiful Breamish Valley with you as we walk beside its river and explore the valley through which it flows. Jane, our artist and Patrick our guide will be with you for the whole Experience. Ingram Village Hall is our indoor base for the day if it is needed, a safe haven on a rainy day. Otherwise, the great outdoors will be our home, as you our guest walk, explore and draw on our Arty Footsteps Experience.
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Trevor A wrote a review Sep 2020
Milton Keynes22 contributions11 helpful votes
We did two of these. The walk across the sands to Lindisfarne and the walk up the Cheviot. Both were excellent. Patrick is an excellent guide - loads of info but in a fun way that doesn't feel nerdy or academic. Patrick also takes appropriate care to ensure that everybody is coping Ok and getting the most from the experience. If we visit Lindisfarne again (we probably will) we will walk across the sands again to get there - it's a spectacular way to arrive. In the case of the Cheviot I didn't know what to expect. There are excellent views on the way up - The top of the Cheviot is a flattish dome so less to see. It's a decent walk - think it was 11 miles - One significant ascent - no scrambling etc - and the weather was very good.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Safari52802113567 wrote a review Sep 2020
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Our day walking across the sands to Holy Island was the best of our holiday. Patrick is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and friendly. The day is a mix of history, nature, exercise and photo opportunities. It was such fun to walk barefoot on the sand and in the warm rivulets of seawater, especially as the cars on the causeway were sitting in a large queue! The tour of the island itself was also interesting. Patrick knows how to tailor the day to the people participating and I would definitely recommend this event to anyone visiting the area.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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NatureBM wrote a review Sep 2020
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Patrick led us on the Pilgrim's way to Lindisfarne. A wonderful experience, beautiful views, bird life, singing seals! Thank you for all the wonderful tales and information and for getting us there and back safely.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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John C wrote a review Sep 2020
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A memorable and informative day with Patrick walking the Pilgrims Way. Can highly recommend Patrick certainly knows his stuff he should write a book such level of detail made the experience all the more pleasurable and he recommended great fish and chips place. John
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Claire2909_12 wrote a review Aug 2020
Rickmansworth, United Kingdom46 contributions29 helpful votes
Patrick guided us smoothly along the Pilgrims Way to Holy Island and despite the wind and rain showers, we wouldn’t have missed it for the world! Most of the group of 5 walked barefoot and we experienced the same route, light and landscape that others have experienced for hundreds of years. Patrick’s knowledge of the area was excellent and he told us more about the history and locality in one morning than we had learnt in our week’s holiday. Coffee and cake at the Pilgrims cafe was superb and we found the priory and other landmarks on Lindisfarne very interesting. We caught the bus back but had the option to walk if we’d wished. It was a trip of a lifetime and we will never forget it
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from WalksNortthumberland, Owner at Footsteps - Walking the beauty of Northumberland
Responded 28 Aug 2020
Hi Claire, many thanks for your lovely review and my apologies for taking a week or so to respond, I have been very busy. The Pilgrim's Way is very rewarding and I'm so pleased that you got such a lot from the experience. I look forward to walking with you on your next visit. Cheers, Patrick
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