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7 Winter Walks in Northumberland


This winter, why not enjoy some walks in Northumberland? This is the perfect area to enjoy walks with family, friends or even just with your dog! Read on to find out where we think are the best 7 winter walks in Northumberland.


Cragside House, Gardens & Estate looks good in all seasons, but it is particularly special during the colder months when it turns into a winter wonderland. Enjoy a walk around Tumbleton Lake on the Armstrong Trail before enjoying a light bite or sweet treat in The Still Room. There are some steep inclines however, this walk is accessible for all. It is ideal for families with young children and pushchairs, dogs are even welcome on leads. 

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Featherstone Castle 

If you love learning about history, why not walk from Featherstone Castle to Lambley Viaduct? Once home to the thriving lead mining industry, today the areas feature some of the most unspoilt landscapes in the UK. History lovers can’t go wrong with this choice with each walking routes telling their own unique insights into the area. Unfortunately, this walk is not accessible to all due to its terrain. 

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Hareshaw Linn

Begin your walk in the rural village of Bellingham, one of the most magical walks in Northumberland. The walk takes you past areas of Bellingham’s past and much of the landscape. Make sure to look out for the waterfall! This route is moderately difficult due to its uneven terrain meaning it is not accessible for all. It is suitable for older children, teens and dogs are welcome if they are kept on a lead.  

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Heatherslaw to Etal   

Step back in time with this winter walk. One of the most historic walks in Northumberland, Heatherslaw to Etal is a place where history lives and breathes. You could ride the steam train, stroke a heavy horse, and admire the inner workings of the last remaining watermill in Northumberland. This walk is considered an easy route as the terrain is flat. It is also accessible for wheelchairs ad also families with young children and pushchairs, dogs are also welcome. 

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Simonside Hills

If you are looking for easy to follow, family walks in Northumberland this walk is perfect. Located near Rothbury, the circular trail that takes you through the forest. It gives you plenty to see along the way, including spectacular views of the Coquet Valley and the Cheviot Hills. It is also suitable for all abilities and dogs are welcome on a lead. However, be careful as it can be slippery in the winter months

Northumberland National Park has lots of usual information on this walk. 

Steel Rigg  

Located only 10 minutes from Herding Hill is one of Northumberland National Park’s most iconic spots. The circular route runs from Steel Rigg car park, following the wall to Housesteads Roman Fort before circling back around to Crag Lough through farmland at the base of the crag back to Steel Rigg Car Park. Enjoy breath-taking scenery but make sure you wrap up with thermals and waterproofs as you will be exposed to the countryside during this winter walk. This walk is not accessible to all due to its uneven terrain, however, it is a dog-friendly spot. 

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Wallington Hall

If you are looking for something to put you in the Christmas spirit, make sure you visit Wallington Hall in all its Christmas glory. There are lots of footpaths and trails around the grounds of Wallington Hall and garden. The routes are both natural and surfaced footpaths making it the perfect walking spot whatever the season. It is accessible to all, with routes clearly signposted if they are not. Dogs are also welcome on leads. 

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If you are looking for more dog walks to enjoy next time you stay with us at Herding Hill, click here.