Winter walks in the North East

Our Countryside Rangers work outside all day and often know the landscape like the back of their hand. So we couldn't think of anyone better to ask about great winter walks.

Families walking in the snow at Cragside, Northumberland
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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 rocky crag on the moorland
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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 rugged moorland. It's fantastic!

Column to Liberty from the Skyline Walk, Gibside, Tyne & Wear
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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!.

Visitors enjoying the view over the 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.

Marsden Rock at Marsden Bay, Tyne & Wear.
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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.