Top 10 scenic walks in Northern England
Our Heather View and Kingfisher parks are situated in beautiful County Durham. You’ll find some of the best walking routes in the UK here, taking in the stunning countryside and coastline. Be prepared to wrap up warm and wear a sturdy pair of walking boots because the terrain can be rugged and exposed to the northeasterly elements.
Durham Heritage Coast Walk
If you are looking for breath-taking clifftop views, this is the walk for you. The walk starts in Seaham’s North Dock and follows a southbound route for 11-miles to Crimdon. Superb grassland is supported by Magnesian Limestone topped by boulder clay forming the perfect habitat for flora and fauna including the very special Durham Argus butterfly.
Low and High Force
You can’t beat a stunning waterfall and this walk will take you to England’s biggest. This gorgeous five-mile circular walk in Upper Teasdale, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, will leave you awe-inspired when the waterfall comes into view and is guaranteed to lift the spirits.
Pennine Way – Baldersdale to Langdon Beck
The Durham stretch of the Pennine Way covers approximately 15 miles and encompasses some of the natural wonders of the UK. As well as the waterfalls High Force and Low Force, the highlights include Cow Green Reservoir, the cascading Cauldron Snout, reckoned to be the longest waterfall in England, and High Cup Nick, a superb u-shaped glaciated valley.
Cow Green Geological Trail
If you are interested in geology this trail will introduce you to many of the rocks which make the Teesdale landscape so special and a haven for rare and interesting plants. Approximately four kilometers each way from Harwood, Barnard Castle, allow a full day for the complete walk, and be prepared with your waterproofs even in summer! In places, the route passes old mine workings so keep to the footpaths.
Taking a break from nature here are two trails with a difference, perfect for experiencing the cultural and historical scenery of the county.
Durham Camra Beer Trail
A pub crawl with a difference, taking in the picturesque city of Durham once described as “a perfect little city” by best-selling author Bill Bryson. The trail starts at the Bridge Hotel in North Road and takes in ten of the best real ale pubs in Durham City.
Blue Plaque Trail – Barnard Castle
An easy family-friendly walk around the traditional market town, known as the gateway to Teesdale. Follow the blue plaques for 1.5 miles as the trail ambles around places where Dickens stayed and Wesley preached as well as finding out more about the people and places that made an impact on what’s known locally as “Barney”.
Our Riverside park is in the stunning county of Northumberland. The county has miles of stunning coastline, an awe-inspiring National Park, and a wealth of fascinating history to discover, well worth a spot on the top 10 walks in Northern England.
Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle
This easy walk along the coast offers fantastic sea views and an incredible view of Dunstanburgh Castle for the whole of the route. The castle can only be reached on foot and is just a flat, 1.3-mile walk from the village of Craster, making it a great choice for families or if you just fancy a gentle stroll. For those wanting to extend their walk, you can continue past the castle, where you’ll discover Embleton Bay, a quiet, pristine beach that is largely unknown by tourists.
Seahouses To Bamburgh Castle
This beach walk is roughly 3 miles long and begins at Seahouses. Take in the beautiful coastline and the iconic Bamburgh Castle that perches on a rocky plateau. The approach to the castle is breathtaking with its dramatic presence and sweeping beach. When you arrive at the castle, dogs are welcome on the grounds, and from here you can admire the fortresses and some impressive views of the surrounding coastline.
Walltown Crags Walk
Pick your route once you arrive at Walltown as there are a number of picturesque, circular routes in the area. Walk along Hadrian’s Wall (spectacularly preserved at this site) to see one of its most dramatic viewpoints. Walltown Crags is best known for its dramatic views and is one of the most stunning places to see Hadrian’s Wall, as it dives through the sweeping, volcanic rock edge landscape. The site sits between Birdoswald Fort and Housesteads Roman Fort, making it perfect for extending into a day out.
Kielder Lakeside Way
Head to Kielder Water & Forest Park to explore this stunning, waterside route that fuses art and nature. The total walk is 26 miles, but you can pick a smaller section to explore that suits you best. The walk along the shoreline around Kielder reservoir takes you past open-air art pieces and nature hides where ospreys, red squirrels, and other wildlife are spotted regularly. Kielder Dam and Kielder Castle are also en route.
Verdant Leisure hope this guide of the top 10 walks in Northern England was helpful!