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Tour of the North: 4x perfect pit stops to warm-up after an autumn walk

What better way to round off a brisk wander than by warming up over a coffee – or something stronger.

Written by High Life North
Published 30.10.2020

By Faith Richardson

What better way to round off a brisk wander than by warming up over a coffee – or something stronger.

The Lindisfarne Inn, Beale

Found on the mainland, The Lindisfarne Inn is the closest pub to Holy Island and the perfect pit stop after a brisk coastal walk. With facilities catered especially for walkers and cyclists such as bike storage, wash down rooms and even help with drying off clothes if you’ve been caught out by the ever-changing weather, this is the perfect place to stop off and warm up with a delicious home cooked meal. It’s even dog friendly in both the pub/restaurant and designated bedrooms, so you don’t need to worry about your pooch being left out of the fun.

The Ship Inn, Low Newton

If you’ve been brave enough to tackle the six-mile walk between Crastor and Low Newton, you’ll be more than ready for an open fire and some beautifully simple and fresh food with a major focus on seafood. Found right on Embleton Bay with unparalleled views of the Dunstanburgh Castle ruins and the beach, you can stop off and refuel, and even go for a paddle if you fancy it. To maintain safe social distancing, the Ship Inn has also begun offering takeaway options, so you can order from them and set up your own picnic spot on the beach or grass surrounding it for some alfresco dining.

Flat White Kitchen, Durham

If you fancy a walk that’s a bit less rural, taking a stroll around Durham’s river is the best way to get some fresh air without ever being too far from civilisation. It’s easy to just hop off the train and take a stroll down to the river, where you can follow it all through Durham and take in the sights at the same time. Once you’re all done, head to one of our favourite cafes in the city – Flat White Kitchen. Warm up over a hot cup of coffee and sample everything from beautiful cakes to delicious brunch favourites like pancakes or avocado on toast.

Sorella Sorella, Sunniside

Right next to the beautiful Lottie’s Wood, where you can have a wander through everything from woodland to meadows, is Sorella, Sorella, a family owned Italian restaurant who whip up some amazing fresh food using local produce. They also have vegan options, so everyone is catered to. Large enough to seat people safely with social distancing, plus some lovely outdoor seating areas as well if you don’t mind some fresh air and views while you eat, so you can enjoy a nice hearty meal with the family after a day of walking and taking in the scenery.

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