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Walking Thirlwall Castle ( Download : )
National Park
distance 1.83mi Vertical gain +266ft Vertical drop -266ft Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Greenhead - Northumberland

Take a stroll to see Thirlwall Castle, a relic of troubled times between the 12th and 15th centuries.

Walking Haltwhistle ( Download : )
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Haltwhistle
distance 4.27mi Vertical gain +180ft Vertical drop -207ft Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Haltwhistle - Northumberland

Circular walk near the river and railway. It goes close to two farms where plenty of farm animals are on view. Towards the end of the walk, you will see the remains of Bellister Castle on your right. It's a National Trust site.

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distance 6.95mi Vertical gain +535ft Vertical drop -531ft Durée 3h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Henshaw - Northumberland

This walk covers a section of Hadrian's Wall. Starting from Steel Rigg, Northumbria National Park, the route includes a visit to Housesteads Fort and the dramatic scenery of Hotbank Crags and Crag Lough. The route along the wall has many ups and downs but does provide you with a chance to walk in the footsteps of the Roman Legions.

National Park
distance 3.46mi Vertical gain +203ft Vertical drop -213ft Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Henshaw - Northumberland

A circular walk along one of the most scenic sections of Hadrian’s Wall involves some short, sharp ascents.

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Peel Crags & Winshield Crags from Vindolanda
distance 7.97mi Vertical gain +676ft Vertical drop -666ft Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Bardon Mill - Northumberland

This Northumbria walk explores one of the more dramatic sections of Hadrian's Wall and also includes Vindolanda Roman Fort. This walk can also be undetaken using the Hadrian's Wall bus service AD122 which runs from April through to September.

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distance 8.56mi Vertical gain +587ft Vertical drop -561ft Durée 4h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Bardon Mill - Northumberland

This Northumberland walk includes Hadrian's Wall and the Pennine Way. The route crosses some rough ground which can be rather boggy after heavy rain.

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Housesteads Roman Fort and Circular Walk
distance 4.92mi Vertical gain +299ft Vertical drop -325ft Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bardon Mill - Northumberland

An easy circular walk with the option to explore the Roman fort at Housesteads. The walk takes in some of the best preserved sections of the wall with great views over the dramatic landscape.

Walking Falstone Circular ( Download : )
National Park
distance 2.21mi Vertical gain +49ft Vertical drop -52ft Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Falstone - Northumberland

The Falstone Circular Walk is a lovely little ramble around dramatic riverbanks and an old railway line. The old railway line you follow on the walk was once part of the Border Counties Railway which was in use between 1862 and 1958. Imagine steam trains bound north for Riccarton over the Scottish border – an easier journey than by car today.

Walking Hareshaw Linn ( Download : )
National Park
distance 2.89mi Vertical gain +348ft Vertical drop -348ft Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bellingham - Northumberland

Hareshaw Linn is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), designated for its rare ferns and lichen. More than 300 different types of mosses, liverworts and lichen can be found. The ‘Linn’ is also home to red squirrel, great spotted woodpecker, wood warbler, spotted flycatcher, badger and Daubenton's bat.

Walking Greenhaugh and Thorneyburn ( Download : )
National Park
Greenhaugh and Thorneyburn
distance 2.6mi Vertical gain +171ft Vertical drop -171ft Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tarset - Northumberland

A lovely walk along the stream of Greenhaugh Burn, along country lanes and through the fields from Greenhaugh, with some great views across the Tarset Valley. During July and August, you will be able to see some of our beautiful hay meadows full of incredible wildflowers.

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Acomb, where South and North Tyne meet.
distance 3.45mi Vertical gain +194ft Vertical drop -194ft Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Acomb - Northumberland

Nice easy walk containing disused railway tracks. It is ok for kids and doggies. Partly follows old rail tracks.

Walking Dipton Burn ( Download : )
Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 1.95mi Vertical gain +174ft Vertical drop -174ft Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hexhamshire - Northumberland

Pleasant wooded walking in our local valley.

Walking Letah Wood ( Download : )
Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 2.23mi Vertical gain +118ft Vertical drop -125ft Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hexhamshire - Northumberland

An easy stroll to a Woodland Trust property.

Walking Hexham ( Download : )
Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 6.13mi Vertical gain +846ft Vertical drop -820ft Durée 3h35 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hexham - Northumberland

Explore our historic local town and its surrounding countryside.

Walking Around Slaley ( Download : )
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distance 4.57mi Vertical gain +384ft Vertical drop -381ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Slaley - Northumberland

Nice little circular walk on the edge of Slaley.

Walking Elsdon Burn ( Download : )
National Park
distance 3.47mi Vertical gain +259ft Vertical drop -282ft Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Elsdon - Northumberland

A nice family walk following the Elsdon Burn, before heading over Gallow Hill. Take time to enjoy the views over Elsdon – the historic capital of Redesdale. Enjoy a cuppa or a pint after building up a thirst from seeing the sights of this pretty little place.

Walking Elsdon and the Todholes ( Download : )
National Park
distance 2.69mi Vertical gain +210ft Vertical drop -230ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Elsdon - Northumberland

Enjoy a circular walk suitable for most abilities, with fantastic views over Elsdon on the return leg. Enjoy a cuppa or a pint after building up a thirst and seeing the sights of this scenic Northumberland village. For the adventurous amongst you, why not pair this walk with our Elsdon Burn Walk.

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distance 3.51mi Vertical gain +230ft Vertical drop -236ft Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

An easy walk in the North Pennines this walk visits one of the waterfalls on the upper Tees. The walk can easily be extended to visit the limestone crags of Falcon Clints by using the Pennine Way.

Walking Knock Fell ( Download : )
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Knock Fell
distance 7.32mi Vertical gain +1811ft Vertical drop -1795ft Durée 4h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Long Marton - Cumbria

A circular walk dominated throughout by the giant golf ball that is the radar station at Great Dunn Fell. You will use some good roads, some tracks and the Pennine Way on this walk.

It is worth downloading the Knock Geotrail leaflet from the link I have listed below as it provides more information on the geology of the area than given in my description. Similarly, you could follow the link to the Discover Britain webpage and learn about the Helm Wind which is particular to the Cross Fell area.

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High Cup Nick from Cow Green Reservoir
distance 12.96mi Vertical gain +902ft Vertical drop -912ft Durée 6h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

This is a fairly undemanding walk through a wild North Pennine landscape. The route visits two outstanding natural features - High Cup Nick and Cauldron Snout - using a section of the Pennine Way. There are no route finding issues even in poor visibility.

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distance 5.56mi Vertical gain +443ft Vertical drop -446ft Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

Circular walk passing by High Hurth Edge and the Upper Tees Valley.

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High Force and Upper Teesdale: A Circular Walk
distance 8.87mi Vertical gain +971ft Vertical drop -968ft Durée 4h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

A lovely circular walk with a variety of interest. From the popular waterfall of High Force through upland pasture and then the more desolate upland landscape of Thistle Green before descending to the River Tees and following its course with a final leg through farmland.

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High Force Hotel : High and Low Force Waterfalls
distance 4.63mi Vertical gain +331ft Vertical drop -341ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

Easy and circular walk around High and Low Force Waterfalls.

Walking Tees Circular ( Download : )
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Tees Circular
distance 7.49mi Vertical gain +577ft Vertical drop -607ft Durée 3h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Newbiggin - Durham

This Tees circular walk from Bowlees takes in the spectacular scenery of Teesdale, Low Force, the Iconic view of High Force, the geographically famous Holwick Scars and views of the Royal residency at Holwick Lodge.

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distance 10.11mi Vertical gain +1079ft Vertical drop -1083ft Durée 5h35 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Newbiggin - Durham

A circular walk from Bowlees. Following the river Tees downstream to Middleton-in Teesdale before climbing out through open moorland via the mysterious corpse of ancient Kircarrion, with wonderful views over Lunedale before descending the dramatic Holwick scar back to base.

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Bales Hush art installation
distance 4.33mi Vertical gain +666ft Vertical drop -663ft Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Newbiggin - Durham

An easy walk from the Bowlees Car Park / Visitor Centre up to Bales Hush and the art installation called Hush.

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distance 3.56mi Vertical gain +246ft Vertical drop -246ft Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Holwick - Durham

Circular walk around Holwick, Low Force and Gibson's Cave.

National Park
distance 4.48mi Vertical gain +502ft Vertical drop -482ft Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Alwinton - Northumberland

Alwinton and the River Alwin route is a favourite route with walkers, starting in Alwinton, that used to be one of many trackways in the border hills frequented in times past by cattle drovers, shepherds, pedlars and whiskey smugglers.

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distance 9.42mi Vertical gain +1617ft Vertical drop -1627ft Durée 5h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Alwinton - Northumberland

The hills in the southern part of the Northumberland National Park offer some fine walking. This route starts from the small village of Alwinton and follows paths, tracks and quiet country lanes for the most part. However some sections are pathless and a good sense of direction is necessary. The walk is best avoided if low cloud is covering the hills. Also do be prepared for some boggy areas especially after rain.

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Harbottle Castle and the Drake Stone from Alwinton
distance 5.52mi Vertical gain +594ft Vertical drop -600ft Durée 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Alwinton - Northumberland

An easy circular walk from Alwinton; taking in the ruins of the castle at Harbottle and then up to the Drake Stone in the Harbottle Hills. Descend to Harbottle Lake and return via the forest path. Great views on a clear day.

Walking Barrowburn ( Download : )
National Park
distance 5.15mi Vertical gain +663ft Vertical drop -646ft Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Alwinton - Northumberland

Explore one of the most remote and rugged landscapes in Northumberland with this invigorating half-day family walk offering stunning views.

Walking Hudeshope Beck ( Download : )
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distance 5.41mi Vertical gain +607ft Vertical drop -587ft Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

A walk with lovely views in this beautiful peaceful dale following Hudeshope Beck up past the old lime kilns, over the miners bridge, through the wood and fields to Coldberry mine, then back down the beck on the other side.

Walking Lunedale and Baldersdale ( Download : )
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distance 15.68mi Vertical gain +1503ft Vertical drop -1503ft Durée 8h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

Circular walk passing by Lunedale and Baldersdale.

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distance 18.75mi Vertical gain +1306ft Vertical drop -1325ft Durée 9h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

A lovely circular walk around Cronkley Scar via High Force.

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Harter Fell and Grassholme from Middleton-in-Teesdale
distance 7.71mi Vertical gain +784ft Vertical drop -784ft Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

This North Pennine walk inlcudes Harter Fell and Grassholme Reservoir and a section of the Pennine Way. The start is Middleton-in-Teesdale and the walk includes a variety of scenery. Descending into the Lune Valley the walk continues alongside Grassholme Reservoir before using a section of old railway track back to the start.

Walking Crossthwaite Common ( Download : )
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distance 9.71mi Vertical gain +1102ft Vertical drop -1109ft Durée 5h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

A walk combining the rugged moorland of Harter Fell and Crossthwaite Common with the beauty of Holwick Scars and the pastures alongside the River Tees.

Walking Hudeshope Beck & Aukside ( Download : )
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distance 2.53mi Vertical gain +331ft Vertical drop -325ft Durée 1h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

Nice and circular walk passing by Hudeshope Beck & Aukside.

Walking Coldberry and High Force ( Download : )
Walker
distance 16.12mi Vertical gain +1434ft Vertical drop -1444ft Durée 8h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

Nice circular walk around Coldberry and High Force.

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distance 6.81mi Vertical gain +574ft Vertical drop -574ft Durée 3h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Mickleton - Durham

Easy circular walk through Teesdale Railway Path and Romaldkirk Moor.

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distance 7.56mi Vertical gain +512ft Vertical drop -535ft Durée 3h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Mickleton - Durham

A walk in the North Pennines using a section of disused railway, moorland paths and tracks. The route traverses scenery typical of the area with some views across Teesdale also to be enjoyed.