Nine autumn adventures in Northumberland

Make the most of atmospheric September and October light to enjoy the National Trust’s late-blooming gardens, long leafy walks and nature-spotting. There's lots to discover indoors too, from warming seasonal foods to family crafts. Where will you explore next in Northumberland?

The River Walk at Wallington at sunrise
Walking trail

Ranger Glen's autumn walk 

The River Walk at Wallington is the ideal way to take in the autumnal light, enjoy the changing colours of the trees and see them reflected in the still ponds in the woods. On the way you can soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the walled garden. Pop into the Edwardian conservatory then stroll along the terrace and look out over the sheltered garden and the parkland to Paine’s Bridge beyond.

Victoria Baking Days at Cragside

Explore the house at Cragside 

Perfect for a rainy day, there's lots to explore at Cragside, the home of 19th century inventor, Lord Armstrong. See the Victorian bakers whip up seasonal treats in Cragside’s kitchen or uncover the secrets of the Electrical Room, the secret space where Lord Armstrong conducted his experiments more than 100 years ago.

Red squirrel in a tree

Red Squirrels  

Squirrels are at their most active in autumn, gathering nuts ahead of winter, and with fewer leaves in the trees they’re much easier to spot too. The best chance you have of seeing a red squirrel is at Wallington’s wildlife hide. You may also catch a glimpse on a walk at Allen Banks & Staward Gorge.

Autumn leaves in a National Trust garden

Get arty with nature 

With fallen leaves all around now's a fantastic time to create some wild art. Make a collection of things from leaves, twigs, feathers and seed pods on a visit to Seaton Delaval Hall, or collect what you can from the beach on the Northumberland Coast.

Exterior of Rockside Cottage, Northumberland

Stay in a cosy coastal retreat 

Hunker down in one of the Northumberland Coast's cosy cottages, many with open fires or wood-burning stoves, ideal for autumn. Stay in a former fisherman’s cottage on a perfectly-preserved seaside green, in a former coastguard’s lookout with amazing views, or in a bolt-hole nestled in the dunes.

Sycamore Gap during the night

Hadrian's Wall & Housteads Fort, Northumberland 

Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is Europe’s largest area of protected night sky. It's the perfect place to admire the stars - with the darkest skies in England.

A grey seal pup

Spot a seal on the Farne Islands 

September and October are the last months that you can land on Inner Farne, one of the Farne Islands, which are home to one of the biggest grey seal colonies in the British Isles. October is the first month that you might see seal pups from the boats.

Children in Halloween costume

Hallowe'en fun at Cherryburn

This Hallowe'en, alongside the usual self-led Bogle Busting trail - where you can go on the hunt around Cherryburn for very strange and wonderful creatures - we have an afternoon of Hallowe'en craft. That's right, we can help you prepare for 'trick or treating'!

Allen Banks in autumn

Soak up the colours of autumn at Allen Banks  

Take in the spectacular colour of the autumn leaves at Allen Banks and look out for the huge range of rare fungi that grow there - it's one of the best places in Northumberland for fungi spotting. The walk to Staward Pele gives stunning views over the gorge and you might catch a glimpse of animals preparing for hibernation amongst the trees.