Oswald was the King of Northumbria in the early 7th century. He was given sainthood in recognition of his attempts to bring Christianity to his hitherto pagan people. The St Oswald's Way is a long distance walk of just under a hundred miles which links some of the places associated with the King. It begins at Holy Island off the north Northumberland coast and ends at Hadrian's Wall in the south.
The walk is divided into six sections making it an ideal holiday activity. Some of the sections are regarded as the most scenic walks in Northumberland. The Bamburgh to Craster section for example, a fourteen mile walk, takes in majestic castles, stunning heritage coastline and panoramic views. The Warkworth to Rothbury section, 18 miles long, is particularly recommended for the range of scenic splendour on offer.
One definite plus of this exhilarating walk is that most of the sections provide access to well established cafes and tea rooms along the route.