Countryside in the North East
With vast estates, huge swathes of undulating countryside around UNESCO World Heritage site Hadrian's Wall and miles of paths to explore on foot or by bicycle, the North East is a great destination for exploring. Don't forget your binoculars – there is plenty to keep bird spotters and wildlife lovers happy too.
Explore the estate at Cragside with its miles of footpaths taking in man-made lakes, foaming waterfalls, towering trees and an array of wildlife.
Reconnect with nature at Wallington and explore miles of footpaths along rivers and through woodland, bring your bikes and try the cycling trail and spot wildlife including red squirrels and otters.
Explore the huge Georgian landscape garden at Gibside, with views over the Derwent Valley, winding paths, open spaces and wildlife including roe deer and red kites.
Get out into nature and explore the rich ‘wilderness garden’ at Allen Banks – a woodland paradise with walking trails and abundant wildlife including red squirrels and roe deer.
Inscribed a World Heritage Site in 1987, there is plenty to explore at Hadrian’s Wall and Housesteads Fort. A historic landscape, there is lots of wildlife also to discover.
Explore the site of the impressive 70ft-high Penshaw Monument. Take a tour to the top for some panoramic views over the North East or visit the nearby Penshaw Wood.