Sat 15 Jul 2023 Alnwick, Northumberland, UK

Mighty Hikes | Northumberland Coast | Marathon

Hike a marathon from Alnwick Castle to Bamburgh Castle along the beautiful beaches and fishing villages of the Northumberland Coast.

  • Sat 15 Jul 2023
Alnwick Castle, Alnwick > Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh




Age 14 & over

  • 26 miles hiking + 940 ft ascent


The Macmillan series of one-day hikes will take you to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of the UK. Bring your family and friends together and have a fantastic day out while raising money for people living with cancer.

Challenge yourself in a spectacular coastal setting and enjoy a wonderful atmosphere whilst raising vital funds to support Macmillan Cancer Support.

This event is part of Mighty Hikes | Northumberland Coast.

  • Event village
  • Fancy dress
  • Spectators
  • Teams

Team discount

There is a 10% discount on the registration fee for teams of 5+. The discount code is generated when you complete the registration form which you need to enter in the promotional code box before proceeding to payment.

  • Accommodation
  • Cafe
  • Camping
  • Coast
  • Free parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Alnwick Castle
NE66 1NQ

  • Check points
  • Cut off time
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Point to point
  • Return transport
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Undulating
  • Water stations
  • Wave start

The hike starts in the picturesque grounds of Alnwick Castle, a 12th Century stronghold. The majority of the hiking route is along the Northumberland Coastal Path, a hugely popular hiking route, due to the largely flat nature of the pathway, and the sublime coastal views that unfold around each corner. Huge unspoilt expanses of sand make up famous beaches and bays, and with impressive and imposing castles lining the route, this is sure to be an unforgettable hike.

Route highlights

  • Start from Alnwick Castle - one of the prestigious filming locations from the Harry Potter films
  • Catch your first glimpse of the coastline as you head eastwards towards Alnmouth
  • Follow the Northumberland Coastal Path northwards
  • Marvel at the imposing Dunstanburgh Castle which looms on the horizon
  • Expansive views along windswept beaches fronted by magnificent dunes
  • Enjoy an unforgettable finish in the shadow of Bamburgh Castle
Point to point from castle to coast with miles and miles of fresh sea air and views.

  • Bring your own cup
  • Public transport links
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability policy

Single use plastics

  • There are refill stations where you can fill your reusable bottle to avoid handing out bottled water
  • Compostable cutlery, plates and cups are used across the start, lunch and pitstops
  • The event day bib is fully recyclable


  • A specialist company collects and sorts the rubbish post-event to ensure as much is recycled as possible
  • All Mighty Marshals and other staff are briefed to pick up any rubbish they see along the route on the day
  • There are plenty of bins at each pit stop for participants to use


  • The power at Mighty Hikes is provided by hybrid generators
  • Energy-efficient LED bulbs are used to light the marquees

  • Medal
  • Post-race meal
  • Race photo
  • Technical t-shirt


  • Free Macmillan walking top
  • A clearly marked route
  • Regular refuelling stops with snacks and drinks
  • Medical assistance
  • Free buffet meal at the finish
  • Finishers medal
  • Free event photography
  • Baggage transfer from start point to the finish
  • Complimentary coach shuttles between venues
  • Celebratory bubbly at the finish

Not Included

  • Accommodation
  • Travel to/from the event
  • Personal hiking gear (boots, clothing etc)
  • Travel insurance

  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising required
  • Fundraising support

Macmillan Cancer Support

No one should have to face cancer alone.

Macmillan will move mountains to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can. If you’re diagnosed, your worries are shared.

And they don’t stop there. They're going all out to find ever better ways to help people with cancer, helping to bring forward the day when everyone gets life-transforming support from day one.

But without your help they can’t support everyone who needs them.

Team fundraising

If you sign up as a team, you will need to raise the minimum fundraising amount of £250 for each member of your team. You can, however, choose to split the total in any way you like between the team if some people are comfortable raising more than others. 

  • Age 14 & over
  • Entries open
  • Enter online
  • Fundraising required

14-17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Entry fees

Entry fee


Minimum sponsorship


What a great day, inspirational people everywhere, each with their own individual story. Kim and I feel elated and honoured to be among you all. Still aching, and raised money for a cause very close to our hearts. Ian Watts, Peak District Mighty Hiker

A challenge that pushed me both physically and mentally. I'm not sure what aches the most; my legs or my face from smiling so much! Thank you. Kate, Mighty Hiker

The atmosphere was amazing, we saw so many people encouraging each other and it felt so wholesome. Can’t wait to do my next Mighty Hike. Anastasia, Jurassic Coast Mighty HIker

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