Six reasons to visit Wallington in January

Codgers Fort on Wallington Estate

Welcome in the New Year with a visit to Wallington; the vast estate is open every day of the year and takes on a whole new character in winter with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife, so take the opportunity to get out and about and explore.

1) Red squirrels

Winter is the perfect time for spotting red squirrels at Wallington, the trees have lost their leaves making it easier to catch a glimpse.   Wallington is committed to being a safe place for red squirrels, they are looked after by our Red Squirrel Ranger Glen as part of a major conservation project to save the species.  Our wildlife hide is one of the best places to spot them, so wrap up warm, step inside and keep your eyes peeled.

A red squirrel eating nuts at Wallington, Northumberland
A red squirrel eating nuts
A red squirrel eating nuts at Wallington, Northumberland

2. Tall tales tree trail

Follow our Tall Tales Tree Trail to explore the East Wood.  This story trail celebrates the Trevelyan family’s love of the woodland; they kept their own  'Book of trees' recording the history of the various species found in the woods.  This fun trail shares true stories and tall tales about the trees within the wood; children will love discovering the magical creatures and there are stickers to be awarded if they can complete the spell.

3. The winter garden

Even on the coldest of days it’s always cosy in the Edwardian conservatory.   During January the benches and borders are filled with all kinds of tender flowering plants to lift your spirits during these dark months. Our Cyclamen will be in full bloom along with various types of Daffodil such as paper white, and  if you are lucky you will also see the odd Orchid in flower.  So step inside, relax amongst the blooms and enjoy the splendid scents.

Enjoy warmth and colour all year round in the Edwardian conservatory
A statue and bench among the flowers in a conservatory
Enjoy warmth and colour all year round in the Edwardian conservatory

4. Walk for miles and miles

Wallington is a vast estate and we have walks on offer for all abilities.  Take a gentle stroll on our Heritage Tree Trail discovering the East Wood, enjoy the Broomhouse farm walk around this tenanted farm or for a more challenging hike head further afield to follow our Greenleighton moor walk.  Wrap up warm, put your boots on and get exploring.
Why not download one of the trails to follow.

5. Winter Warmers

Settle down beside the wood burner and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate topped with marshmallows in our cosy Clocktower café.  If you’re feeling peckish there are tasty hot offerings.  Every penny you spend here helps to look after Wallington and keep it a special place for everyone to enjoy, so enjoy your cake guilt free!

Refuel with a cup of tea in our café
A visitor pouring a cup of tea at Wallington
Refuel with a cup of tea in our café

6. Dark Skies

The dark skies of Northumberland are the best in the country, what better way to end the day than to marvel at the spectacular view of the stars as you're heading home, you'll be amazed by how many you can see on a clear evening.