Welly walks for little legs in the North East

Little feet can tire easily, so we've picked some of our best walks in the North East for families. Keep them entertained along the way with wildlife spotting, adventure playgrounds and tree climbing.

Winter frost on Nellys Moss Lake at Cragside

Nelly’s Moss lakes walk

Enjoy a family-friendly flat walk around two of Cragside’s historic lakes, created by Lord Armstrong in Victorian times to supply water to the house and gardens. Look out for frogs and toads crossing your path and even herons dipping their feet in the water. There's an alternative route for buggies and pushchairs too.

Visitors walking in the countryside at Penshaw Monumen

Penshaw Monument's Lambton Worm walk

Discover the story of the Lambton Worm on this easy route. It's about 2.6 miles and takes you along by the River Wear, through Ayton's Woods and through Penshaw Wood. Read on to learn about the story behind this walk...

a boy throwing leaves in the air

Gibside explorer trail

Enjoy an adventure in Gibside's 600 acre woodland. Along the way you can crawl along log bridges and clamber over tree trunks in the magical nature playscape, test your nerve on the low ropes course and let your imagination run wild in the Strawberry Castle fort.

View looking up the trunk of a tree

Wallington Heritage Tree trail

Wallington was the home of the Blackett and Trevelyan families for more than 300 years, and one of their great legacies is the trees they planted.

A unique venue for your event at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Try the Souter Saunter

Perfect for older kids, this 2 mile walk is perfect for exploring the coast at a relaxed pace. Discover the site of a lost village, explore the nature reserve and look out for resident seabirds then round off your day with an adventure on the wooden pirate ship.