The great outdoors in the North East

A protected Dark Skies National Park, a seabird paradise or an 18th-century landscape garden - it's all here to explore in the North East

The orangery at Gibside on a winter morning

Gibside

Stunning 18th-century landscape garden and haven for nature

Sunrise over Fox Holes near Easington Colliery, County Durham

Durham Coast

County Durham's coastline has emerged from a polluted industrial past to become a haven for wildlife

Close up of a young, female, grey seal

Farne Islands

Rocky islands, habitat for seals and many species of seabird

People walking at Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland.

Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort

Roman wall running through an often wild landscape

Visitors walking into Low Newton with Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance

Embleton and Newton Links

Breathtaking stretch of silver sands surrounded by wildlife-rich dunes