Blow away the cobwebs with these scenic Northumberland walks
After all of the Christmas indulgence, there's nothing better than getting some fresh air. From coastal scenes to beautiful lakes, we've listed our five favourite walks across the region.
Beautiful and peaceful
This popular lakeside walk is one of the most accessible strolling spots within our countryside, with broad flat paths that are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Situated in the heart of the Northumberland, Bolam Lake is surrounded by historic landscapes and dramatic views of the lakeside, woodland and grassed areas. Embrace the fresh lakeside air after your festive day and continue the family celebrations.
Bolam Lake Country Park
Bolam, Northumberland, NE20 0HE
Invigorating and refreshing
This vast stretch of sand from Blyth to the village of Seaton Sluice is ideal for a long winter walk with the promise of delicious fish and chips at either end. Visitors are known to spot marine wildlife such as seals and dolphins and there is plenty of space for dogs to run around and enjoy themselves. This walk is guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs and leave you feeling energised.
Blyth, NE24 3PL
One of the longer walks on this list is the five-mile circular walk through the impressive landscape of Upper Teesdale, across the North Pennines, including both Low and High Force waterfalls. For those less inclined to a hike, try the riverside walk labelled as ‘a hidden corner of England’ which is renowned for its tranquillity and perfect solitude. The perfect after-Christmas environment guaranteed to relieve your seasonal stresses.
High Force Trail
Barnard Castle, DL12 0XH
Perfect for Instagram
This Northumberland village is famous for its numerous coastline walks and historic castle. Our favourite trail is approximately four miles long starting in the village, working through the spectacular views of Budle Bay and then finishing back at the Castle grounds. Begin by heading north out of the village following signs for the public footpath. The path will lead you across the golf course to the dunes that overlook Budle Bay. After coming across Budle Newton Cottages, head onto the sandy beach and follow the shoreline back into the village. This picturesque trail guarantees some of the most Instagramable scenes in the country.
Bamburgh. NE69 7DF
A hidden beauty
Another gloriously wide, sandy beach which seems to stretch for miles long is Embleton Bay. The well-loved, family-friendly beach has a spectacular backdrop of Dunstanburgh Castle, so assured to whisk winter blues away. Described by The Good Beach Guide as a ‘sheltered bay with the highest UK standard of bathing water’ Embleton Bay is a beautiful hidden gem away from the crowds.
Alnwick, NE66 3UY