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Enjoy a circular walk up to the summit of Simonside, involving some short, steep gradients. A walk along the Simonside Hills must not be missed. From the top, you have a wonderful 360-degree view encompassing the Cheviot Hills and the North Sea coastline. The area teems with wildlife such as the curlew, red grouse, wild goats, and even red squirrels in the forest below.
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.
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.
Windy Gyle is the key objective for this walk in the deserted hills of Northumbria. Starting in the beautiful Coquet Valley the walk crosses wild moorland and includes a section of the Pennine Way.
An easy circular walk to Dunstanburgh Castle from Embleton Village via the beach in Embleton Bay and returning on quiet farm roads. This walk has a little more interest than its companion walk from the ever popular Craster.
A leisurely Northumberland walk that offers the chace to visit Holwick Hall (NT) and also explores a section of the North Sea Coast. The route follows a section of the Northumberland Coast Path.
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.
Explore our historic local town and its surrounding countryside.
Take an invigorating half day’s walk to the top of Yeavering Bell – The Hill of the Goats. The walk offers stunning views from the top and if you are lucky you may be able to spot some of the wild Cheviot goats along the way. The hilltop is very exposed to poor weather so please go prepared.
The Shepherds Cairn is a memorial to two shepherds who lost their lives in the winter of 1962. They were found just half a mile from their remote home at Ewartly Shank. Because of this event the National Park Voluntary Rangers set up the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team - a volunteer organisation that turns out in all weather to help save lives.
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.
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.
Take time out to see Linhope Spout, a 60 foot (18m) chute of water, which lands in a plunge pool 6ft (2m) wide and 16ft (5m) deep.
A circular walk with a lot of interest. From the prehistoric rock art, bronze age burial cairns and iron age hill fort at Lordenshaw, to the lovely scenic walk over the Simonside hills, to the iron age hill fort overlooking Great Tosson through to the tranquil return through the Simonside forest.
A lovely walk to Hethpool Linn waterfall, on the College Burn, then a climb up Yeavering Bell (Hill of the Goats) with a chance to spot some wild Cheviot goats.
A great way to see the spectacular remains of a 2,000-year-old Iron Age hillfort in breathtaking surroundings. A nice moderate walk where you can spot a Cheviot goat or two, then enjoy a pot of tea or pint of beer in Kirknewton having lapped up some significant ancient history.
A lovely family walk to Hethpool Linn, a dramatic waterfall on the College Burn, returning along St Cuthbert’s Way - we can’t guarantee it, but a good vantage point to see the wild Cheviot goats.
A lovely family walk following the Harthope Burn before a moderate climb opens up the area, offering spectacular views to the top of the valley and the Cheviot Hills, as well as to the coast. The Harthope Valley is the starting point for many inspiring walks up onto the Cheviot Hills.
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.
A pleasant stroll alongside the River Coquet and into Rothbury village. Suitable for a variety of users. Due to width/surface restrictions on some parts, the route is not suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs, although the riverside can be accessed by these users from the village centre. Be aware: parts of the route may flood when the river level is high.
Hamlet of Rock easy walking round picturesque Doxford and Fallodon Halls.
Explore one of the most remote and rugged landscapes in Northumberland with this invigorating half-day family walk offering stunning views.
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.
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.
A short Northumberland walk that offers some great views south to the Cheviot Hills. Doddington Moor is home to a stone circle and many ancient cup and ring markings on stones spread across the area.
Nice little circular walk on the edge of Slaley.
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.
Nice easy walk containing disused railway tracks. It is ok for kids and doggies. Partly follows old rail tracks.
This is the section of the Angel's Way one of the Northern Saints' pilgrimage routes which starts in Holywell and ends in Backworth. This section is rural passing through agricultural land.
This can be combined with the previous section (Seaton Sluice to Holywell) or the next section (Backworth to Killingworth) for a longer walk.
This path is part of the Angel's Way, one of the Northern Saints' pilgrimage routes which starts in Seaton Sluice and end in Chester-le-Street. This section passes Seaton Delaval Hall, the Church of Our Lady, and the Holywell which gives the village its name.
An easy stroll to a Woodland Trust property.
Pleasant wooded walking in our local valley.
This section of the England Coast Path is deliberately short so that a visit to Seaton Delaval Hall can be included as well as a visit to St Mary's Lighthouse (tides permitting). The route passes the villages of Seaton Sluice, Hartley and Old Hartley along cliff tops.
This section of the English Coast Path begins at the Quayside which hosted the Tall Ships in 2016, then continues through Ridley Park to the beach with its colourful beach huts, and then follows the Eve Black Way through the dunes to Seaton Sluice.
This one way walk is part of the English Coast Path. It is an easy walk around River Blyth however does include a strech across fields and along the north bank of the River Blyth which can be muddy. The walk ends in Blyth where the walk can be extended to the beach rather than finishing on the Quayside.
This section of the England Coast Path begins at the Newbiggin Maritime Centre and then follows the promenade to the Needles Eye. After this the path continues to hug the coast where care needs to be taken as there is erosion here. The walk ends at North Blyth, an industrial area which includes the dock and mouth of the River Blyth if you wish to explore further.
From Cresswell, the England Coast path continues to wind its way across the dunes but for much of the walk you will see the Newbiggin Power Station up ahead, the first suggestion of the North East's industrial heritage. The walk finishes at the Newbiggin Maritime Centre which provides information on the maritime history of the area. This is a walk of contrasts.
This walk along the dunes and golden sandy beach passes a number of nature reserves. There is an abundance of wildlife but also grazing animals along this stretch, it is nature at its best.
Amble marks the start (or end) of the England Coast Path, however this will be extended further into Northumberland in time. Amble is known as the 'friendliest port' and is a good place to explore before starting the walk along the dunes with stunning beaches and nature reserves to explore along the way.
Escape the hordes and enjoy some archaeological delights
Enjoy a short walk to two of the hillforts in the College Valley. The climb up to Great Hetha is well worth the effort for the views into the Cheviots.
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.
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.
A great route that introduces the walker to the tranquil College Valley. Look out for the Wild Cheviot Goats on the hillside near Hethpool Mill.
Take an invigorating walk to Cochrane Pike to see some spectacular views. This walk takes you through moorland sheep country surrounded by the sounds of the curlew, oyster catcher, skylark and meadow pipit. You may see buzzard or kestrel, or the recently-arrived red kite in the skies, and the heron in the river valley.
Enjoy a lovely walk over Lordenshaws hillfort, with great views (on a clear day) over to the Cheviots. Visit out Lordenshaws page for more information about the area.
Take a stroll to see Thirlwall Castle, a relic of troubled times between the 12th and 15th centuries.
A circular walk along one of the most scenic sections of Hadrian’s Wall involves some short, sharp ascents.
An easy to follow trail in the Simonside Forest, aimed at families, with plenty to look out for and do along the route.
Leisurely walk along quiet valley roads, suitable for less abled users/pushchairs, from Ingram along the River Breamish and past Reaveley Farm.
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