Walking in the North East

Get outdoors and make the most of spring on a walk in the North East. Blow away the cobwebs as you follow in the footsteps of the Romans, enjoy the sights and sounds of nature waking up in the woodlands and gardens we care for 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 ancient woodland in Northumberland and has been here since at least medieval times. This long history has helped make it a fantastic home for flora, fauna and fungi. 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 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 areas of wetland home to a variety of birds and plantlife.

A couple and their dog walking on the beach at sunset

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 gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall - perfect for stretching your legs - explore the woodland changing with the seasons or venture further afield and follow a walking trail to discover more about the history that shaped Seaton Delaval Hall.

A couple walking near Souter Lighthouse

Take a stroll along the coast at Souter Lighthouse to see returning seabirds including kittiwakes, fulmars, cormorants, shags, razorbills and guillemots bring the cliffs and rock stacks of The Leas back to raucous life. Skylark breeding season begins in April so listen for their song as they ascend above cliff top grasslands, one of the most joyful sounds of spring.

Visitors walking a dog in the garden at Wallington

With miles of footpaths, you're spoilt for chpoice when it comes to walks at Wallington. Take a gentle stroll through the woods to discover the 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.