Reivers Way

The Reivers Way is a remarkable tour of the border country of Northumberland. Beginning in the ancient Roman town of Corbridge and ending at the picturesque estuary village of Alnmouth, the Reivers Way has just about every type of scenery offered by rural dale, moorland, mountain and coast during its 140 mile length. There are Roman forts, medieval castles, famous lighthouses, pretty villages and quaint fishing harbours. The Reivers Way is not as popular as the Pennine Way or Hadrian's Wall, but it absolutely deserves to be. If you are looking for great walking away from the crowds, passing through constantly changing scenery and enjoying the fascinating culture, history and hospitality of Northumberland, the Reivers Way is for you!

Prices are per person based on twin share and include all accommodation in twin share rooms on bed & breakfast basis, luggage transfer, information pack including map & guidebook and our emergency contact.

Single rooms are available. We only apply a supplement for single accommodation when there is a direct cost to us and we cap this in line with our ‘Fair pricing’ policy. Solo walkers pay a supplement of £10 per walking day, plus any single room supplement which may be required.

Our recommended itinerary for the Reivers Way splits the walk into 9 stages with 10 overnight stops, which gives a walking day of typically 17 - 19 miles, with a couple of shorter days and one challenging day of 20 miles over the Cheviot. This staging will suit experienced long distance walkers. If you prefer to take more time over the Reivers Way, walking shorter stages, or if you would like us to suggest a 'highlights of the Reivers Way' itinerary tailored to your personal preference, just let us know and we will supply you with a quick quote.

Arrive at Corbridge and check into your accommodation
Day 1 Corbridge to Allendale Town 17 miles
Day 2 Allendale Town to Bardon Mill 11 miles
Day 3 Bardon Mill via Hadrian's Wall to Wark 13 miles
Day 4 Wark to West Woodburn 13½ miles
Day 5 West Woodburn via Simonside to Rothbury in Coquetdale 18 miles
Day 6 Rothbury to Alwinton 12½ miles
Day 7 Alwinton via The Cheviot to Wooler 19½ miles
Day 8 Wooler to Bamburgh Castle 18 miles
Day 9 Bamburgh via Seahouses, Dunstanburgh and Craster to Alnmouth 19 miles
Depart Alnmouth

The price includes:

  • All accommodation in twin/double rooms (with private bathroom where available) in guest houses, inns or hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • A Wandering Aengus information pack containing all necessary maps, a current guide book, laminated locator maps for each night's accommodation, and our own weather-proof 'info cards' with local information - including locations and opening times of restaurants, cafes, ATMs, supermarkets etc.
  • Our emergency contact number

Not included:

  • Lunches and evening meals (we provide full details of your options)
  • Extra costs incurred through using escape routes or abandonment of the itinerary
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses such as drinks etc.

Our Accommodation:

As keen walkers ourselves we appreciate the importance of the place you put your feet up and rest your head in at the end of each day. We very carefully select our accommodations whether they be a cosy pub, family run guest house, or established town centre hotel. We choose places directly on the route or within easy walking distance of it and if we ever have to transfer you because of limited availability, we will always contact you to discuss this and never just leave you to find out later. We provide comfortable, clean and warm twin or double rooms, with private bathroom wherever available. Single occupancy of rooms is also available for a supplementary cost.

Meals:

Breakfast at your accommodation is included in the holiday price. In most cases your accommodation will serve dinner and will be able to prepare a packed lunch for you. Sometimes this will have to be arranged in advance and we will let you know if this is the case. Alternatively you can use our detailed notes to make your own dining and lunch arrangements using local restaurants, cafes and supermarkets.

CORBRIDGE: Corbridge is on the Carlisle to Newcastle line. There are hourly trains from Newcastle taking 32 minutes. The journey time from London via Newcastle is approximately 4 hours and from Manchester is approximately 3 hours 20 minutes.

RETURN from ALNMOUTH: Alnmouth is a stop on the line between Berwick and Newcastle. There are regular trains to Newcastle taking approximately 30 minutes.

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Reivers Way Map

The Reivers Way has a huge variety of scenery including gentle walking along river valleys and more challenging terrain across wild moorland, through extensive forest and over lofty hills. The trail ends with an undulating walk along the Heritage Coast of Northumberland. The route pases along and through lots of famous places such as Allen Banks, Hadrian's Wall, Simonside Crags, The Cheviot, and Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh Castles. Away from these places not many people walk these trails and you are likely to not see another sole on stretches of several miles. There are no dedicated waymarks for the Reivers Way and a guidebook and map are essential. The route is maintained to a reasonable standard by the local council.