Get outdoors

Embleton beach is a great place for a winter stroll © Joe Cornish

Embleton beach is a great place for a winter stroll

Walking in the North East

Will you take a hike to the top of a hill? Crunch leaves underfoot in the forest? Or enjoy the salty air on a seaside stroll? Even when it's a bit cold and grey outside, a breath of fresh air can do the world of good.

New year, new you?


Lots of us start January with the resolve to get more active. But the reality of the gym can often see those resolutions become distant memories by February. This year, how about a different approach? The great outdoors is much more appealing than any gym we've seen...

Join a running group

So you've got the running shoes, what now? Joining a club or a parkrun is a great way to start your new hobby. You'll be in good company, you're more likely to stay motivated, and you can keep track of your best times.

Running routes

Prefer to go solo? If you're happier keeping your own pace and maybe just looking for a change of scenery, check out these running trails around some of the North East's most special countryside.

Our promise to cyclists

Turn up on two wheels

Turn up on two wheels

We're serious about cycling here at the National Trust in the North East. And we just love seeing people turn up at our places on two wheels - it's great for the environment. To say thank you, we promise to look after your cycling needs. We have places to lock up your bike, we'll help out if you've got a puncture, and we'll even throw in a free cuppa if you're buying a meal or snack from us.

 © NT / Gibside

Get active at Gibside

Gibside's well known for gentle strolls, cream teas and farmers markets. But how about prambling, night walking or fishing? We've teamed up with Sports England to offer you a range of exciting ways to get sporty at Gibside - from running and cycling to volley ball and more.