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The Best Self-Guided Walks in Northumberland

Blessed with diverse landscapes, scenic country villages and an abundance of natural beauty, Northumberland in the far north-east corner of England, boasts dozens of nature trails along a dramatic coastline and unspoiled countryside.


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Ramblers will discover salmon-filled rivers winding through rolling hills covered with thick bracken, quaint villages nestled in sloping valleys and waterfalls hidden among the trees. If you are visiting Northumberland don’t forget your walking boots and your backpack and check out these five great walks!

Cresswell To Berwick-on-Tweed

Northumberland accounts for 64 miles (103km) of British coastline which makes an ideal walking vacation. From Cresswell to Berwick-on-Tweed you can stop off in Warkworth and Bamburgh and visit the medieval castles. Save sufficient time on the last leg of your journey call in at Holy Island where you can drink the infamous ‘Lindesfarne Mead’ from St.Aidan’s Winery. Mead has been brewed on the island since antiquity and was considered an aphrodisiac by newly-wed Vikings. This coastal path route gives you a diverse variety of scenery, and can be broken down into easy-to manage routes so you can enjoy some time admiring fascinating tourist attractions along the way.

St. Oswald’s Way

St.Oswald’s Way is the longest official self-guided walk in Northumberland. Traversing 97 miles (156km), the route takes you through a diverse range of landscape starting from the coastal shores of Holy Island. You will then head south towards Warkworth before turning inland along to Coquet Valley and back up to Hadrian’s Wall at Heavenfield. The walk is named after the 7th century saint that is accredited with spreading the word of Christ across the British Isles and the walk is noted for its places of historical interest including castles and the regions earliest Stone Age settlement, Howick.

St. Oswald’s Way
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Windy Gyle

Ramblers looking for a shorter walk, but challenging nevertheless, should take the 11 mile (18km) hike to Windy Gyle just across the Scottish border. The trail starts in Barrow Burn in the northern reaches of Northumberland National Park and takes you along the border fence through the Cheviot Mountains before arriving at the summit of Windy Gyle – considered an iconic hill by locals. This route is perhaps the favourite route among experienced ramblers.

Blanchland

If a steady country walk is more your thing, the 15 mile (24km) meander through woods, countryside paths and heather-clad terrain of Blanchland offers spectacular views in a peaceful setting. Nature lovers will have plenty to feast on and with an abundance of wildlife this walk is also an opportunity for photography enthusiasts to test their shooting skills in the wild.

Coquetdale Valley

Coquet Valley is one of the lesser-known walking routes in Northumberland but uncovers some hidden gems in the heart of the county. Passing through the harsh moorland terrain, you are rewarded with spectacular views looking down into Coquet Valley where you can visit the charming villages of Longframlington, Thropton and Sharperton before arriving in Rothbury.

For the ultimate walking experience in Northumberland why not stay in a pet-friendly hotel so the whole family can savour the tranquillity of a true countryside break away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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