Winter walks in the North East

There are some truly spectacular winter walks to enjoy in the North East. But which one should you choose? Our rangers work outside all day and know the landscape like the back of their hand – so who better to ask for their favourites? Here are just a few great winter walks, as recommended by National Trust rangers.

Visitors walking through a garden in spring

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks and countryside sites are open. In England our shops are open, along with outdoor seating at cafés. In Wales some shops are open, and cafés are offering a takeaway service. Houses and other indoor areas are currently closed. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the nearby community remains our priority. We strongly advise booking your visits in advance, especially over the Easter holidays when places may be very busy. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance on travel.

Couple walking by the lake at Cragside
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Head Ranger Duncan's favourite Cragside walk 

Winter walks at Cragside offer stunning scenic views and beautiful reflections in lakes. I love walking through the towering conifers on the Gun Walk which takes you through the heart of Lord Armstrong’s estate. Look out for wildlife including robins and roe deer.

A couple walking a dog across a field
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Ranger Emily's favourite walk at Wallington 

There’s nothing better than a crisp walk on a frosty day, and on this one there’s so much to see along the way. Whether you’re interested in wildlife, archaeology, geology, or just want to take in a beautiful views across the sparkling moorland, it's a great walk.

The octagon pond on a winter morning
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Head Ranger Helen's favourite walk at Gibside 

This walk gives glimpses of times gone by, from the industrial past of waggon ways and coal mines, to the cleverly-planned landscape and forest gardens of the Bowes family, and the wildlife-rich areas of Snipes Dene and the river banks. I love doing this walk early on a frosty morning when the whole place sparkles!.

Take a walk on Northumberland Coast
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Ranger Kate's favourite coastal walk 

I love this coastal walk that takes you from one fishing village to another along some of the most scenic coastline in Northumberland. If you time it right there are beautiful sunrises and sunsets, as well as visits from migrating birds. It’s the perfect place to escape for some peace.

Cliffs bathed in golden early morning sunlight with Souter Lighthouse in the distance
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Ranger Mick's favourite walk along The Leas 

This walk along The Leas at Souter Lighthouse passes Frenchman’s Bay, the site of an historic rescue in the 19th century, Manhaven Bay where fisherman have plied their trade for centuries and Marsden Bay. The fresh sea air and stunning views are always a winner for me.