Walking in the North East

Get outdoors and make the most of summer on a walk in the North East. Get a dose of fresh air as you follow in the footsteps of the Romans, explore woodlands and gardens brimming with life or discover a view to take your breath away on the coast.

Two walkers at Allen Banks

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge is the largest area of semi-ancient woodland in Northumberland and has been here since at least medieval times, making it a fantastic home for flora, fauna and fungi. Take a summer stroll through the woodland and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of a red squirrel or other resident wildlife, including dippers, herons, otters and kingfishers.

Visitors looking towards the Column to Liberty at Gibside, Tyne & Wear

Whether you enjoy a relaxing stroll in the sunshine or a longer hike with varying terrains, walking at Gibside means you can stick to the paths or venture off the beaten track. There are rest spots to pause and enjoy the wildlife along with plenty of views across the gardens and out over the Derwent Valley.

Visitors walking alongside Hadrian's Wall

Walk in the footsteps of Romans and explore a World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in history on a circular walk to the iconic Sycamore Gap, or head out into the Northumberland countryside to discover far-reaching views and a variety of birds and plants.

Sunny Low Newton beach with Dunstanburgh Castle in the background

Walking on the Northumberland Coast  

For a bracing and beautiful coastal walk, you can’t beat Northumberland. With miles of coastal paths, swathes of golden beaches and flocks of circling seabirds you can explore at your own pace or follow the popular Craster to Low Newton coastal walk, a wonderful walk all year round.

A lady enjoys a stroll through the gardens at Seaton Delaval

Take a gentle stroll around the colourful gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall, perfect for stretching your legs, explore the leafy woodland or venture further afield and follow a walking trail to discover more about the history that shaped Seaton Delaval Hall.

Two women walk along the cliff tops at Souter Lighthouse and the Leas

Take a stroll along the coast at Souter Lighthouse to see seabirds including kittiwakes, fulmars, cormorants, shags, razorbills and guillemots bring the cliffs and rock stacks of The Leas to raucous life. Look out for wildflowers blooming in the grassland in Whitburn Coastal Park during the summer months, including colourful orchids.

Two visitors walking a dog through the garden at Wallington, Northumberland

With miles of footpaths, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to walks at Wallington. Take a gentle stroll through the woods to discover the flower-filled walled garden, wander along the banks of the River Wansbeck and look for wildlife on the River Walk or go for a country walk across grassy fields on the Farm Walk.