Top winter walks in Northumberland

16 Dec 2019

Winter is undoubtedly a beautiful season, with lakes and rivers icing over and frost decorating the fields. One of the best ways to enjoy Northumberland during the colder seasons is a crisp winter walk.

Northumberland has an abundance of walking trails each more spectacular with a dusting of snow. If you’re not sure where to begin, here’s a list of the top spots to discover:

The Cheviot Hills

Tackling Northumbrian’s highest hill, the Cheviot is not for the fainthearted during the colder seasons. The peak is challenging but rewarding, if you’re hiking with amateur walkers you can take the Yeavering Bell route which is an easier ascent.


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Kielder Water and Forest Park

Kielder is home to England’s largest forest and Europe’s largest man-made lake, with over 600 kilometres of forest to explore. What’s helpful is you can download hiking routes on the View Ranger app or pick up a map from Kielder Castle Visitor Centre.


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Bamburgh beach

If you’re not much of a hiker but enjoy a stroll on the beach with your family, Bamburgh beach is a lovely stroll. The area is dog friendly, so why not bring your pooch for a run about on the beach?


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Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall boasts lovely views of the Northumbrian countryside. The route has forts, towns and castles to explore along the way. One of the must visit spots is Sycamore Gap, a famous photography destination.


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Make sure you’re dressed for the occasion.

If you’re heading out in the cold, make sure you’re dressed for the occasion. Amateur walkers should know their limits and you should always take a hot flask for the journey.

For those looking for a nice base for their winter walk, Cheviot Holiday Cottages are a bespoke collect of award-winning luxury holiday cottages based in the heart of the Northumbrian countryside. You can check them out here.

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