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Walking Thirlwall Castle ( Download : )
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.

distance 6.95mi Vertical gain +535ft Vertical drop -531ft Durée 3h40 Average Average
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.

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.

distance 7.97mi Vertical gain +676ft Vertical drop -666ft Durée 4h15 Average Average
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.

distance 4.85mi Vertical gain +669ft Vertical drop -656ft Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bardon Mill - Northumberland

The opportunity to visit the remains of two Roman Forts and walk along one of the best sections of Hadrian's Wall are the main features of this walk in the Northumberland National Park. The walking is generally easy and for the most part the walk follows well trodden routes.

distance 8.56mi Vertical gain +587ft Vertical drop -561ft Durée 4h25 Average Average
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.

Walking Falstone Circular ( Download : )
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 : )
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 : )
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.

distance 5.67mi Vertical gain +1112ft Vertical drop -1119ft Durée 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Stanhope - Durham

The North Pennines offer some of the wildest landscapes in England. This route explores the hills and moors to the north of Wearhead. A short section of the Weardale Way is also included.

Walking Elsdon Burn ( Download : )
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 : )
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.

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 : )
Knock Fell
distance 7.32mi Vertical gain +1811ft Vertical drop -1795ft Durée 4h55 Average Average
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.

High Cup Nick from Cow Green Reservoir
distance 12.96mi Vertical gain +902ft Vertical drop -912ft Durée 6h45 Average Average
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.

High Force and Upper Teesdale: A Circular Walk
distance 8.87mi Vertical gain +971ft Vertical drop -968ft Durée 4h55 Average Average
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.

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.

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.

distance 9.42mi Vertical gain +1617ft Vertical drop -1627ft Durée 5h45 Average Average
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.

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 : )
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.

distance 7.71mi Vertical gain +784ft Vertical drop -784ft Durée 4h15 Average Average
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.

distance 7.56mi Vertical gain +512ft Vertical drop -535ft Durée 3h55 Average Average
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.