Walking at Gibside

A family walking in the landscaped garden with the Palladian chapel in the background.

With more than 15 miles of footpaths to choose from at Gibside, we think we've got a satisfying walk for everyone.

Get your walking boots on!

Whether you prefer a gentle garden stroll or a more challenging wilderness hike. Why not come, explore and surprise yourself with an escape to the country on the edge of the city!

Highlights for your wild child

Have you ever been to Strawberry Castle? Have you seen the animal sculptures hidden in the West Woods? Have you tasted our Little Seedlings lunch? There are so many great things to do with your children at Gibside.

Nature-spotting spots on our estate

Ever seen a red kite soar? Ever spotted a newt? Gibside's a great place for wildlife because we have such a variety of habitats and when our parkland was neglected in the 20th-century, nature thrived in the wilderness.
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Downloadable walks

Gibside skyline walk

See Gibside from a new perspective as you rise out of the Derwent Valley with fantastic panoramic views.
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Gibside parkland walk

Walk the ‘grand design’ of an 18th-century coal baron and see the rise, fall and rise of a remarkable estate.
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Gibside family highlights trail

Discover the fun side of Gibside with an action-packed walk tracking the park’s top family highlights.
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Explore further afield

If you're not as fit as you used to be or just want a relaxing visit, we offer a few services to help you get around Gibside:
  • Rugged powered mobility vehicles (booking advisable)
  • All-terrain pushchairs (booking advisable)
  • Wheelchair-friendly shuttle bus service from car park to cafe and Stables
  • Please get in touch via email before you visit if you have special access needs.


Geocaching is a worldwide outdoor treasure hunt. If you've already caught the bug, hunt for Gibside's four geocaches. If you're brand new to this, borrow a GPS from us and have a go. Booking is essential, call 01207 541820 or email us.
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Let us guide you

Why not join our gardening experts, wildlife rangers or engaging tour guides for a wide array of regular walks and tours delving into the subjects that make Gibside special?

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