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“A unique experience”

Footsteps - Walking the beauty of Northumberland
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Belford
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Owner description: 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.
Diggle UK
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“A unique experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

We wanted to walk the Pilgrim's Way to Lindisfarne and were fortunate to discover Patrick at Footsteps. We were given very clear instructions about what to wear and where to meet. The walk was just amazing and we would not have risked doing it without a guide. Patrick led us carefully and at a pace suited to absorbing and enjoying the atmosphere of this very special place. He shared his knowledge of bird-life, sea creatures and history but also left times for us all to be quiet and just take it all in. It was truly one of the highlights of all our travels this year.

Visited April 2014
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“Best way to discover beautiful Northumberland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014 via mobile

Our boys aged 9-14 love to lounge around in their onesies staring at screens all day. So when we booked a week's holiday in Northumberland we were a bit trepidatious, or even sceptical, about how much they would 'appreciate' being taken on long walks through the rugged wild beauty of Northumberland in February. Rather than rely on our own limited knowledge of the area (and, let's be honest, limited expertise with maps or natural history) we booked 2 guided walks during the week with Patrick Norris of Footsteps.
Our walks couldn't have been more successful or enjoyable. And they were excellent value for money. First, we did a guided walk from the lovely Bamburgh Castle across to Budle Bay and back, taking in the ancient and more modern history of the area from Saint Cuthbert to the Armstrong family to the WWII gun battery and beach defences. We saw and learned about a huge number of local birds including fulmars, "scotes", eiders, curlews, wigeons, herons, oystercatchers, whimbrels, godwits, black-headed gulls... and we found a recently deceased cormorant washed up on the shore which was ringed - meaning that our guide could make a note of its details and then report back to us the next day what he had learned about where and when it had been in its life - very interesting! The scenery was breathtaking, we learned so much, and Patrick our guide had a great way with our kids, inventing "scouting challenges" to thrill the younger ones and engaging the older ones by digging into his mine of local information. Two days later we returned for an even more ambitious walk (9 miles!) from Eglingham through Bewick Moor. There is no way we could have attempted - or managed to navigate - this walk without a guide, given how wild the terrain is. We were led expertly through the moor, circumnavigating marshy bogland as we went, and we found a secret cave overhung with beautiful ferns and mosses that looked like it might be inhabited by faeries. Patrick went in first to check the safety, then those who dared followed him in. There was even a resident bat hanging from the roof! Excellent. Then we climbed to have our picnic in a very romantic lonely abandoned farmhouse on the moor before passing a stunning valley and entering a well preserved prehistoric hill fort where you could really feel the thrum of history all around. As if this weren't exciting enough, we were then led to the most amazing prehistoric burial chamber I have ever seen, high on the peaty ground of the moor and fantastically preserved thanks no doubt in great part to its remote location (we saw 2 other people all day). Then we walked to a huge rock in the middle of a field of sheep, which was carved with intricate artistic symbols put there thousands of years ago by our prehistoric ancestors and still visible today. Just... wow. What a day. These walks were just fantastic - a fabulous way of exploring the local area with an extremely knowledgeable guide who ensured that we saw the best sites and learned a great deal about the wonderful scenery and history of the area, without getting lost!

Visited February 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Walk to remember”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

My partner and I went on a walk with Patrick in October of 2013, this is real hiking over broken ground and through the hills of Northumberland - so heed the warnings and be prepared, especially if the rain gods decide to have a party.

The vistas are amazing, the air is fresh and pure, walking past grazing sheep and grouse in the real hinterlands, I would readily recommend this to anyone who isn't a complete novice hiker.

As a guide, Patrick is knowledgeable and kind, saturating the hike with useful nuggets of information about the history of the land and its inhabitants.

Visited October 2013
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“Northumberland at its best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014 via mobile

Just finished an 11.5 mile walk around the hill fort trail in ideal walking conditions. Don't wait until the summer to discover the beauty of the Cheviots...with the sun so low, you are treated to an unrivalled view of these historic and inspiring hills. Patrick was a fantastic guide ,providing knowledgable and interesting facts along our route. If you are looking to explore the true beauty that Northumberland has to offer then look no further!....Enjoy!

Visited January 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating, informative, life-affirming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

Taking a guided walk with local nature and history experts is undoubtedly the best way to spend your time in the beautiful wilds of Northumberland. Patrick and Louise give masses of information, and help their guests discover things (animals, plants, birds, hidden places) which they would possibly never notice alone.

Extremely good value for money, extremely recommended.

Visited May 2013
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