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The Best Country Walks in Northumberland


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Northumberland is a wonderful place, with varied landscapes from coastal paths to countryside trails. Whether you’re looking for the challenge and achievement of a long distance walk or a leisurely stroll in beautiful scenery with a cosy pub along the way, Northumberland has it all.

Long Distance Routes

The Northumberland Coast Path is a great choice, whether you want a wild coast and remote setting, as in the north, or a gentler path, as from Craster to Dunstanburgh. This track could help you discover the varied wildlife, beautiful beaches and history of the area.

Alternatively, Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail crosses from Wallsend in the east, over an unbroken 84 miles, to Bowness-on-Solway in the west. This path takes in everything from moors, to rolling hills and lively cities. It is also possible to walk a part of the official trail or find a circular route that includes small sections.

With one end at Hadrian’s Wall, St.Oswald’s Way is another track with a lot of history and varied landscapes to look out for. The path continues up to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. This includes the Pilgrims’ Way, which is the three miles across the sea from the mainland to Lindisfarne – ideally done barefoot, the mud oozing between your toes.

With many of the longer routes, it is easy to walk just a length or section to suit you. There are many other shorter routes to explore and Northumberland National Park is perfect for these. It is possible to arrange a guided walk by contacting the visitor centre, which could be ideal for a less experienced hiker. There are over 600 miles of marked footpaths and bridleways, with breathtaking views, moorland, riverside tracks and historical landmarks.

After one of these walks, you will be in need of a relaxing place to stay and Hedgefield House is the perfect spot for a good night’s sleep to relax and unwind, before getting your walking boots back on.