September 17th 2019

Walk This Way: Walking in Northumberland

A trip to Northumberland wouldn’t be complete without digging out the wellies and taking a historical hike or a beach stroll. Whether you’re looking for a long-distance ramble or a peaceful saunter, there’s not better place to walk than Northumberland.

We’ve unearthed some of the best walks in Northumberland, making it easier for you to plan your next trip to the area. There’s so much to discover from sandy beaches to panoramic landscapes and you’ll find a huge choice of routes and terrain.

Dog-friendly walks

From golden sands to rugged cliffs, Northumberland offers a vast variety of dog-friendly beaches, so a serene walk on the sands is guaranteed. We recommend taking the 4 mile walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh and back where you can admire the gorgeous views of Dunstanburgh Castle’s ruins. This route was also nominated as one of the top 100 walks in the UK and is easily accessible if you’re staying at Crabcake Cottage in Craster.

You’ll also find plenty of countryside to explore with your pooch, and Cragside is one of our favourite spots. Ran by the National Trust, this historical house was the home of celebrated Northumbrian, Lord Armstrong. Cragside has over 1,000 acres to explore and 14 way-marked routes, from gentle scrolls to challenging hikes. So, pack that picnic, pick up a guide map and get discovering this beautiful dog-friendly estate.

Coastal walk to Dunstanburgh Castle

Coastal walk to Dunstanburgh Castle

Romantic walks

Planning a romantic escape for you and your loved one? Whether you’re looking to simply get outdoors or you’re getting down on one knee, Northumberland offers a whole host of romantic walking spots.

For the ultimate romantic experience, head on a walk along Hadrian’s Wall. The wall offers 84 miles of walks from coast to coast with plenty to see and do on the way. You’ll also find Sycamore Gap on this route – a solitary tree famed from Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves – which has become a popular spot for proposals…

Sycamore Gap at Hadrian's Wall

Sycamore Gap at Hadrian’s Wall

Historic walks

We’ve got just the woodland walk for those looking for a bit of country culture. Ramble through the trees of Chillingham, get up close and personal with the famous Chillingham wild cattle as you pass by, then saunter through Chillingham Wood where you’ll soon reach Kay Hill, known for its breath-taking views of the Cheviot Hills. Rest your legs for a moment, pull out your Coquet Picnic Hamper (which can be organised for you ahead of your stay) and gaze into the Borders before heading back through the woods until you return to where you started.

Why not take a guided tour of the Chillingham cattle’s home or visit Britain’s most haunted castle – Chillingham Castle? Stop at The Percy Arms on your way home and enjoy gourmet pub food in a beautiful setting.

The Wild Cattle of Chillingham. Video courtesy of Steve Evans via YouTube

Family-friendly walks

Walking offers time to spend time with the family and truly embrace Northumberland’s beautiful coast and countryside together. Plessey Woods Country Park offers 100 acres of woodland to explore at your own pace, which won’t be too difficult for little legs. Pack a picnic and discover beautiful meadows and riverside trails.

If you’re looking to get some fresh sea air, Alnmouth beach is perfect for a coastal walk. With a car park right on the beach, you can step straight onto miles of beautiful sands, or if you’re staying at Waleric House, you’re just a matter of steps away. The little ones will love the ice cream van which can be found next to the beach in the summer months, and there’s even a play park near the estuary if they still have energy to burn!

Alnmouth Beach

Alnmouth Beach

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