Global Adventure - Edinburgh Countryside and Northumberland National Park

Edinburgh Countryside and Northumberland National Park

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  • Sat, Jun 11, 2011 — Tue, Jun 28, 2011
  • Adults
Hiking Edinburgh Countryside and Northumberland National Park, UK: Beginning in artistic and historic Edinburgh—known as the “Athens of the North”—our two-week-plus outing will explore the spectacular scenery of southeast Scotland’s countryside before moving on to Northumberland National Park in northeast England. Our journey will take us to stunning castles (some in ruins), around a walled-city, to a seventh-century Celtic castle-like priory, along coastal and long-distance paths, through hilly English countryside, and past magnificent roman forts and wall remains. Enjoy such places and features as the Edinburgh and Bamburgh castles, the Royal Mile, Arthur’s Seat, Pentland Hills, Berwick-upon Tweed, Lindisfarne (Holy Island), St. Cuthbert’s Way, a Northumberland Coastal Walk, Dunstanburgh Castle ruins, Cheviot Hills, Pennine Way, Rothbury Highlands, and the most-preserved sections of the Hadrian’s Wall Path World Heritage site. Itinerary: After flying from Seattle, we will meet at our four-star hotel close to the heart of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. If you arrive early and are rested, you can take a city bus tour from Princes Street and later join us for our welcoming dinner. Since Edinburgh is so compact, it is easy to get around on foot and not far from the surrounding countryside. The next two days we will hike in parks and countryside, and visit cultural sites prior to departing by train along the east coast to the English-border town of Berwick-upon Tweed. For the next 13 days, we will hike in varied terrain based out of mostly three- and four-star village hotels in beautiful coastal and mountainous Northumberland National Park. During the last days of the outing, we will hike along the historic Roman fortress that skirts the southern edge of the park. We will end the trip with a farewell dinner and overnight stay in Carlisle, a major train transportation hub to airports in Manchester, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. At this location, you will also be able to extend your travel to other parts of the UK. Our travel will be supported by private minibus and some public transportation, as well as baggage transfer services between lodging, so you only have to carry a daypack. Meals typically will consist of full British breakfasts, packed lunches, and British or international cuisine dinners. Leader: Glen Strachan has led multi-day outings for The Mountaineers and European-based organizations in western North America and internationally. In 2008, he led The Mountaineers Scotland outing and hiked afterwards in Northumberland National Park, as well as Edinburgh while visiting relatives. He has lived and traveled extensively in Europe. Requirements: The trip limit will be a minimum of eight and a maximum of 12 Mountaineers. Sponsored by the Seattle Hiking Committee, this trip is open to all current Mountaineers. The trip is classified moderate to upper moderate-plus. Hiking days may be long and the planned pace is moderate. Elevation gains may exceed 2000’ or more and distances may be as great as 12 miles round trip. However, most days will be less strenuous. You will need to be able to carry a daypack up to about 10 lbs. (we will use baggage transport services). Hiking typically follows established trails and paths. Trail conditions may include rough terrain, wet heather and grass, boggy ground, and shallow stream crossings. Participants must be physically able to handle the requirements of this trip and participation is subject to leader approval. Medical and travel insurance is required. A valid passport is required. Price: Approximately $2,800 per person (for 8-12 group size), depending on exchange rate. Includes three- and four-star lodging, mostly on a double occupancy basis (when available) in Edinburgh (three nights), Berwick-upon Tweed (one night), Northumberland Park coastal town (three nights), Rothbury (four nights), Hadrian’s Wall Path towns and Carlisle (five nights); 16 breakfasts, 14 lunches (packed), and four dinners; group private and public van/bus transfers from Edinburgh hotel to Carlisle and guides when necessary. Club fee, leader fee, maps, and administrative costs are also included in price. Excluded: Airfare between Seattle and Edinburgh ($900-$1,500 estimate based on advance purchase), insurance, and any diversion from the group itinerary. Twelve dinners ($15-40 est.) are not included in cities and villages, allowing more flexibility with meals and personal preferences with restaurants, type of food, and cost. Price also excludes airport transfers, departure train to airport ($15-$75, coach, lower in advance), valid passport, personal items, beverages, gratuities, and any entrance fees into cultural sites ($80 estimated). Registration and deposit: With leader’s approval, $1,000 per person payable to The Mountaineers is due upon registration for this trip--$1,800 on Feb. 1. If cancellation is received prior to March 10, a full refund will be made, less a $100 foreign outing administration fee, plus any non-recoverable expenses. Non-recoverable group expenses incurred due to cancellations will be borne by all participants. Price is based on $1US=1.6 GBP. Further information: You may request an application form from the leader, Glen Strachan, by phone at 425-869-8094 or e-mail at The application and payment are necessary in order to reserve a space. Additional outing information will be provided to you later. See also the International Outings web page.
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