Easy walks in the North East

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Discover our new range of self-led walks at our places in the North East.

These easy, friendly walks are generally less than two miles in length and usually on good surfaces. They all have a key theme or story that is special to the place where they are based.

On this page you can download colourful maps to help you find your way around the walks. Some of them will also have themed way markers on the ground. From a circular route that recreates the childhood adventures of the Trevelyan family children at Wallington to the ‘Washington Wander’ that sets out from Washington Old Hall and helps you to look back in time, we hope there will be a walk for you.

Lindisfarne Castle: A Lindisfarne lap

Retrace the steps of Barbie and Betty Lutyens taking in the sights and history of Holy Island on a one mile walk. Take in the limekilns, the old wagon way and castle itself.

Hadrian’s Wall, Housesteads Fort: Buried Secrets

Discover the different kinds of treasures that have been buried in the soil here for generations, some discovered and others waiting to be discovered, taking in the occupation of the Romans, the Victorians and our Medieval ancestors.

Cragside: The Lady’s Walk (just add water!)
The Lady’s Walk was one of Lady Armstrong’s favourite walks. We’ve reopened it in partnership with Bovril – now you can find her favourite views, spot wildlife and discover more of Cragside’s fabulous landscape.

Penshaw Monument: The Lambton Worm
Embrace the legend of a giant man-eating worm that once wreaked havoc throughout the North East.  Follow the trail of where the worm may once have slithered to discover its story.

Washington Old Hall: Washington Wander
Wander back in time to discover the past of Washington village.  From the former colliery to the Norman Church and Washington Old Hall itself there’s a whole lot of history in this small village.

Souter Lighthouse: Souter Saunter
Take the Souter Saunter and discover more than the lighthouse standing alone on the coast. Along this two mile walk spot the seabirds that make this place their home and look for the site of Marsden village – once home to over 700 people and built for the miners of Whitburn Colliery.

Seaton Delaval Hall: Pleasure Grounds Potter
Potter for about 1 ½ miles around the 18th century pleasure ground to see where the Delavals relaxed and enjoyed their gardens taking in the estate’s views over the parkland – up to the Obelisk and down to the sea.

Wallington: Walk on the Child Side
Take a Walk on the Child Side at Wallington and discover some of the adventures and games played by the Trevelyan children in the West Woods. Starting from the Clocktower, follow the train symbol way markers into the woods.

Northumberland Coast: Coastal Curiosities – Low Newton
Explore Low Newton and the nearby coast and find out about some curious buildings along the way, from the former MOD buildings to the Old Coast Guard watch house.

Gibside: Step into my Shoes

Step into the shoes of some of Gibside’s most famous historical characters to discover this green landscaped garden on the edge of Tyneside.This autumn we’re launching a new range of self-led walks at our places in the North East.