Outdoor activities in the North East

Stretch your legs, get your heart pumping and enjoy a healthy dose of fresh air with outdoor activities in the North East this summer. Jump in the saddle and head out for a bike ride in Northumberland, put on your trainers for a run with a view, explore coast and countryside on a long walk or simply enjoy the great outdoors at a special place near you.

A runner on a coastal path

Running on the Durham Coast

Make the most of the refreshing sea breeze on the Cotsford Fields parkrun at Horden, on the Durham Coast. Ideal for runners of all abilities, this free 5km timed run heads along the coast, through rich wildflower meadows, on a mixture of trail paths and grass.

Visitors walking through the woods

Walking at Gibside

Explore the Georgian landscape at Gibside by foot on one of the many walks and trails. Enjoy an adventure in the 600 acre woodland, explore meadows, wetlands and riversides teaming with wildlife or climb a little further to take in the far reaching views across the Derwent Valley.

Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland

Running at Hadrian's Wall

If you’ve really caught the running bug, step it up with an 8-mile circular route in the Northumberland countryside. Starting at Housesteads Fort, head out along Hadrian’s Wall to the iconic Sycamore Gap before returning via the Roman Military Way.

A young family walking in the gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall

Walking at Seaton Delaval Hall

Take a gentle stroll around the gardens - perfect for stretching your legs, explore the woodland changing with the seasons or venture further afield and discover more about the history that shaped this special place.

A couple walking near Souter Lighthouse

A breath of fresh air at Souter Lighthouse

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the coast with traffic free routes at The Leas and Whitburn Coastal Park. With plenty of wide open spaces, The Leas is a perfect spot to run, walk, cycle and play.

 Cycling at Wallington, Northumberland

Cycling at Wallington

Whizz around the all-weather, family-friendly Dragon Cycle trail and explore the beautiful Wallington estate from the saddle. If you aren't able to get your own bikes here, try the low cost cycle hire facility. With a fleet of over 80 bikes including 5 new electric bikes, the whole family can get out on the trail and closer to nature.