Walking Guide

Walks in Northumberland

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Experience the great outdoors with some fantastic walks in Northumberland

What better way to explore your surroundings than on foot? Discover the best walking opportunities in Northumberland with our useful walking guide. Find the most picturesque routes and enjoy the best of the scenery Northumberland has to offer.

Explore ancient palaces, discover varied wildlife, climb rolling hills, navigate through majestic forests and wander through historic towns. Whatever you are interested in, there are plenty of walks in Northumberland to suit everyone.

The coastline is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and two of the county’s nature reserves are situated by the sea, making it a popular location due to its expansive views and bountiful wildlife. For a coastal walk in Northumberland, look no further than the 62-mile Northumberland Coast Path. Stretching from Cresswell to Berwick-upon-Tweed, the route takes roughly 3-7 days to complete or can be separated into 6 different walks, all of which taking in some of the beauty the area has to offer, from bustling fishing villages like Seahouses to historic towns like Warkworth.

For those in search of dog walks in Northumberland, there are plenty of places that any four-legged friend will love to explore. Take a trip to Bolam Lake and walk its circumference, traversing through a mix of open grassy areas and dense woodland, or travel to the popular sandy beach, Beadnell Bay, which are accessible to dogs all-year-round.

Photo of Bolam Lake courtesy of John Dal

  • Bolam Lake

    Bolam Lake

    The peaceful Bolam Lake is just a 10-mile drive from nearby Morpeth and is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle for a few hours. The 2-mile walk is a fairly easy lakeside route with beautiful views over the water.

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  • Northumberland Coast Path

    This 62-mile trail stretches North from the village of Cresswell to the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed and can take between 3-7 days to complete, or can be separated into six individual routes. The path passes through two of the county’s nature reserves, as well as through quaint fishing villages like Seahouses and historic towns such as Warkworth.

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  • St Cuthbert’s Way

    This 62.5-mile trail starts at Melrose in the Scottish Borders and ends with Holy Island, just off the coast of Northumberland, connecting the places where St Cuthbert started his religious life and where he ended it. The route takes roughly 4-6 days to complete and doesn’t require high fitness levels or a lot of training.

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  • Berwick-upon-Tweed Bridge and River Tweed

    The Lowry Trail

    This 6-mile trail winds through the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, stopping at 18 sites that the famous artist LS Lowry painted in the town.

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  • Walltown Crags

    This 4-mile walk follows a section of the Hadrian’s Wall Path to the Walltown Crags that surround the large hollow, made from years of quarrying. This route is one of the finest places to admire the wall, and includes fantastic views of the rolling hills.

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