The days are short and the weather is colder than ever, but that shouldn’t mean anyone shouldn’t be able to enjoy the delights of the North East.
Newcastle and Northumberland offer so much throughout the year, and some parts of the region really thrive in the colder weather.
So we’ve decided to share a few tips on how to make the most out of this time of year.
The National Trust are huge fans of the North East, and one of their top suggestions for a winter walk comes from Wallington in Northumberland. The walk along the banks of the River Wansbeck and the accompanying woodland is stunning regardless of the weather, and there’s also a chance anyone making the trip could see roe deer and otters.
Heading west, the National Trust also recommend Allen Banks and Staward Gorge on the River Allen, which breaks away from the southern branch of the River Tyne. Anyone willing to make the trip will be rewarded with stunning views across Northumberland on the way as well as the chance to see resident wildlife in the area such as red squirrels, dippers, herons, otters and kingfishers across the acres of ancient woodland.
Moving back towards the city, Gibside Hall is another route recommended by the National Trust. The group suggest the site thanks to the wide ranging paths available from more simple, family friendly walks to longer hikes off the beaten track. Across the 600 acres of woodland, there’s something for everyone!
The areas surrounding Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland are also good options for winter treks. Northumberland National Park suggests the steady six mile route around Winshield Crags & Cawfields which follows the best preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall. The team behind the park recommend starting at The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre before heading out and seeing some of the best available views of Northumberland.
Speaking of views, another option is the Beamish valley Hillfort Trial, a 4.5 ile route with plenty of hills – but the views from five former hill forts at the northern end of the park make the effort worth it!