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Top 10 dog walks in Northumberland


Our 5-star campsite Herding Hill Farm is one of the best dog friendly campsites in Northumberland and offers dog friendly glamping Northumberland. With the exception of our Luxury Lodge with hot tub and our en-suite glamping pods with hot tub (our Castle Pods), all of our Wigwam accommodation is dog friendly. We have dog friendly Wigwam cabins with hot tubs (our Running Water cabins) so we are one of the best dog friendly glamping sites for hot tub stays in Northumberland. We also offer a handy dog friendly CHECKLIST so you don’t forget anything for your dog. 

We charge a small fee for dogs staying in our dog friendly Wigwam cabins, but dogs are welcome free of charge on our tent and touring pitches. Herding Hill Farm is surrounded by Northumberland countryside, but we also have a dog walk and exercise field on site where you can let your dogs off the lead. There is also a lovely circular walk from the site down Haltwhistle Burn, you will find a map on our website HERE.  All our site wardens are dog lovers and can recommend a wide range of dog walks in Northumberland, just pop and see them in the Herding Hill Farm Reception when dog friendly glamping Northumberland.

Dog walkers should be conscious that there may be livestock at certain times of the year when undertaking dog walks in Northumberland and dogs may need to be kept on a lead.  What, in our opinion, are the best dog walks in Northumberland? 

Sunset In Northumberland

1. Sycamore Gap 

One of the best dog walks in Northumberland is on the doorstep of Herding Hill Farm and is also one of the most iconic landmarks in Northumberland. A walk from Steel Rigg along Hadrian’s Wall to the famous tree at Sycamore Gap is well worth it. There are a number of circular routes and the more energetic can also proceed West to Cawfields Quarry or East to Housesteads Roman Fort. In season a return is possible using the AD122 Hadrian’s Wall bus which is dog friendly public transport in Northumberland and stops about 0.5 miles away from the Herding Hill Farm campsite entrance. A 5-mile Northumberland dog walk highlighted by the National Trust can be followed by clicking HERE. Hadrian’s Wall is perfect for dog walks in Northumberland. Alternatively there is a longer walk which also takes in the Roman Fort of Vindolanda, click HERE for a route map. 

2. Allen Banks and Staward Gorge 

Owned by the National Trust Allen Banks and Staward Gorge is a wooded valley that is perfect for exercising your dog and just a 10-minute drive from our dog friendly campsite in Northumberland. Hopefully there will be plenty of sticks fallen from the ancient woodland for your dog to play with. A 5-mile there and back dog friendly walk takes you alongside the river gorge up to an old pele tower at Staward Peel from where there are lovely views. There are also shorter walks along the river. The National Trust website includes a selection of dog friendly walks at Allen banks and Staward Gorge. The walk was also identified as being the second most Instagrammable dog walk in the whole of the UK based on the number of hashtags on Instagram!! 

3. Hareshaw Linn Waterfall 

Located just outside the small village of Bellingham, the Hareshaw Linn walk is a dog friendly walk through an area of Woodland Trust of around 3 miles to a spectacular waterfall. The magical forest is home to a variety of ferns, mosses and lichen. You could combine Kielder Forecast dog walks with a trip to Bellingham. You have a good chance of spotting a range of birds and wildlife, including the red squirrel. 

Hareshaw Linn Waterfall

4. Langley Viaduct 

Listed on the National Heritage List for England, Langley Viaduct makes for a wonderful walk. As well as walking to the Langley Viaduct from Haltwhistle along the old railway track, there is also a wonderful 7km circular walk taking in the River South Tyne and the privately owned Featherstone Castle. Watch out for the old prisoner of war buildings on the riverside. Walkers can picnic and relax near the river under the 11 arches of this beautiful 19th-century viaduct that that used to carry the Alston to Haltwhistle railway line and then climb the stairs to cross the viaduct itself. The walk is particularly spectacular in Autumn when walkers are treated to the colourful site of the trees along the river changing colour. The area is on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

5. Kielder Forest Dog Walks  HERE

Dogs are welcome at Kielder and there are a variety of trails around the Kielder Reservoir and plenty of Kielder Forest dog walks. Kielder Forest is the largest woodland forest in England and Kielder Water is Britain’s largest man-made lake. You can walk or cycle the 26-mile lakeshore path. There are lots of outdoor sculptures on the Kielder Forest dog walks which can be interesting. You can find out more about the Kielder Art and Architecture project by clicking Kielder website. Both the Dukes trail and the Duchess trails are good dog friendly walks at Kielder and both start from the visitor centre at Kielder Castle. The Visit Wallington Hall contains details of all the walking trails at Kielder Water and Kielder Forest.

6. Coastal Dog Walks in Northumberland 

Northumberland is blessed with dozens of glorious sandy beaches, the closest being about a 60-minute drive from Herding Hill Farm and around a 90-minute drive to the Northern Northumberland beaches like Bamburgh. Most beaches have no dog restrictions and so are perfect for dog friendly walks Northumberland. The best dog friendly beaches in Northumberland are the beaches at Alnmouth, Beadnell Bay beach (dogs must be on a lead during bird breeding season), Craster, the huge dog friendly beach and nature reserve at Druridge Bay, Seahouses beach, Embleton Bay, and the gorgeous dog friendly Bamburgh beach, dominated by the magnificent Bamburgh Castle. There are plenty of dog friendly pubs to choose from as well in the coastal villages such as Amble, Warkworth, Craster, Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh. The Northumberland Coastal Path can be walked in sections. 

7. Wallington Hall 

Although dogs are not allowed inside Wallington Hall itself, there are miles of walks through the National Trust gardens, woodland and River Wansbeck. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. The River Walk at Wallington is an opportunity to see abundant wildlife including otter and kingfisher if you are really lucky. The Farm Walk takes you on a relatively flat, circular walk around the Broom House and Prior Hall Farm fields which are 2 of the 15 farms on the Wallington estate. 

Wallington Hall

8. Bolam Lake 

Bolam Lake is a great dog walk in Northumberland. As well as the Bolam Lake there is a well- maintained fully-accessible path around it, wooded areas and open grassy areas where dogs can be let off the lead.9. Cragside  has a visitor centre and cafe. The Bolam Lake Country Park provides the perfect environment for wildlife such as roe deer, red squirrels, and nuthatches. Bolam Lake is also home to swans and other waterfowl. 

9. Cragside

Operated by the National Trust, Cragside has huge grounds and gardens. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor spaces at Cragside including the Rock Garden, Formal Garden, Pinetum and woodland. There are a variety of Cragside Walks to choose from including the Gun Walk, Armstrong Trail, Nelly’s Moss Lakes Walk, Inspiration Trail and the Views of Cragside Trail. As well as wonderful flowers and gardens a wide variety of wildlife and pondlife can be seen. Cragside can also be easily combined with a trip to Rothbury.

10.  The Cheviots 

For those looking for something more energetic, the Cheviot Hills (or Cheviots)  straddle the Anglo-Scottish border between Northumberland and the Scottish Borders and offer some of the highest terrain in Northumberland, as well as some of the best dog walks in Northumberland. The Cheviot is the highest point in the Northumberland National Park at 815 metres. On a clear day, you can see as far as the Lake District and even, some claim, Edinburgh. The Big One is a 23-mile walk taking in the six of the Cheviot Hills that break the magical two thousand feet barrier. Starting from the beautiful Harthope Valley this walk crosses the windswept tops of The Cheviot, Windy Gyle, Bloodybush Edge, Cushat Law, Comb Fell and Hedgehope Hill. There are also lots of smaller dog friendly walks if you don’t fancy anything quiet so strenuous! 

Cheviot Hills

And don’t forget after a long day walking if you book one of our Running Water Wigwam cabins you can enjoy the benefits of hot tub stays Northumberland to relax and wind down. Why not give Herding Hill Farm a try for dog friendly glamping Northumberland