Make the most of the longer evenings in the North of England

As we head towards the longest day in June and the nights draw out, there are even more opportunities to enjoy the places you love in the North of England into the evening. Here are some of our favourite places to extend a day out or head off on an evening adventure:

View from the edge of the escarpment at Alderley Edge towards the Cheshire Plain

Alderley Edge, Cheshire  

Sunset over the Cheshire countryside from one of the brilliantly positioned seats with a view at Alderley Edge is well worth the effort. While you're there, discover the history and mystery of this ancient site and explore the wild landscape that inspired the magical children's classic, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen.

People standing on the bridge over Aira Force in Ullswater

Aira Force, Cumbria  

Head out to Aira Force after 4pm and there’s little more to disturb the peace than the running and sometimes roaring sound of the water cascading over the waterfall. And while the tea-room won't be open at that time, with fewer people around there’s also a greater chance of spotting a red squirrel so pack a tea-time picnic and keep your eyes peeled while you munch.

Man sat on Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire  

Explore the 400 acres of Brimham Rocks and moor after hours for a relaxing evening in nature's playground. Enjoy the simple pelasures of life as you explore the labyrinth of paths in this unique landscape - wander through the amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations and walk over heather moorland or through beautiful woodland taking in the evening air and far-reaching views over the Yorkshire countryside.

Claife Heights Viewing Station overlooking Windermere, Cumbria

Claife Viewing Station, Cumbria  

What better place to enjoy the last of the day’s light than from this beautiful viewing station high above Lake Windermere. Walk in the footsteps of the original tourists to the Lake District and discover this 18th-century monument, built to view the landscape of the lake, and take in the scenery in the changing evening light.


Formby, Merseyside 

The beach and coastal pinewoods at Formby are open from dawn to dusk. Imagine nothing more than the sound of the rippling waves and the odd seabird as you stroll along the sands – oh, and keep an eye out for a red squirrel amongst the pine trees too. Just remember, if you're planning to drive there, the car park closes at 5.15pm.

Visitors in the pub beer garden at Gibside

Gibside, Tyne & Wear  

It’s after hours when the fun really begins at Gibside. Join us every Friday or Saturday evening and enjoy the last of the summer sun with a pint of local ale and a wood-fired pizza at the pub, or, during the summer months, an evening picnic on the avenue. Throughout the month there's a Showcase night, Beer and a bite night and even a Board games night too.

a Sycamore tree nestled in Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland  

Make the most of longer, lighter evenings with an adventure along the Hadrian's Wall this summer. Housesteads Roman Fort is open until 6pm and you can follow in the footsteps of the Romans and walk along Hadrian's Wall whenever you choose. Stroll along to Sycamore Gap for a souvenir selfie or sunset shot of the famous “Robin Hood” tree (so-called because it featured in in the 90s Kevin Costner blockbuster), which was voted England’s Tree of the Year in 2016.

Highland cattle grazing on a sunny day at Lyme, Cheshire

Lyme, Cheshire  

Spend the day exploring all that Lyme has to offer and then head out into the park and enjoy the sights and sounds of the early evening. Once an historic hunting estate, Lyme is still home to an ancient deer herd and, from June, you might see fawns joining the grown-ups for an evening stroll. Look out for the sheep and fluffy Highland cattle who'll be hard at work helping with the conservation grazing too.

Group of people walking through Nostell Priory and Parkland

Nostell, Yorkshire  

Head to Nostell and you can follow the paths and tracks through the parkland until 9pm, discoveing ancient woodland, an abundance of wildlife and rolling views across the Yorkshire landscape. You can also enjoy running and cycling along the new Hardwick Beck and Carriageway paths or take it easy and look out for butterflies, bees, buzzards and moths as you stroll through the park.

Roseberry Topping silhouetted against a hazy sunset

Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire 

Few things beat a good walk on a summer's evening and the walk to the top of Roseberry Topping is a favourite. Head out from the car park in Newton-Under-Rosberry and after around half an hour passing history, wildlife and geology, you'll reach the top where the views will make you feel like you're standing on the roof of the world.

The terrace at Sticklebarn in Langdale

Sticklebarn & The Langdales, Cumbria  

There’s no better place to end a day walking in the Lakes than at Sticklebarn in Langdale. Real ale, good food and outdoor fire pits mean this is the place to watch the day come to a relaxing end. With blankets, boardgames and books for you to borrow, towels for drying dogs and a clothes dryer over the fireplace where you can hang your wet coats, you can make yourself at home.

Flowers blooming in a garden

Wallington, Northumberland  

A day out at Wallington doesn't need to end at 5pm - the beautiful walled garden is open until 7pm every night in summer and you can explore the woodland and wider estate until dusk all year round. Take a seat on the bench in the cut flower border and soak up the evening sunshine or stretch your legs along the river walk before you head home.

Sunset over St Bees Head, Whitehaven

Whitehaven Coast, Cumbria  

Take a stroll along to the Fog Horn Station at St Bees Head on the Whitehaven Coast to enjoy a spectacular coastal sunset. With unbroken views over the sea towards the Isle of Man, the sounds and smells of thousands of puffins, guillemots and razorbills nesting on the tallest sea cliffs between southern Scotland and northern Wales, the waves crashing 300 feet below and the wind whistling through your jacket, a trip to the Fog Horn Station will really spark your senses.