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Exploring Northumberland by foot – popular walking tours
Posted on

May 25, 2017


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Northumberland is one of the counties in North East England that boasts breathtaking countrysides and beaches.

 

There is little wonder why so many people travel to Northumberland for their cottage getaways. It is steeped in history, including museums, Roman ruins and beautiful 18th century manor houses. What more could you want?

 

The one thing Northumberland is renowned for is their array of walks that they offer; from coastal walks to mountain walks, Northumberland has something for amateur and professional walkers as well as for the family. Here is just a handful of walks that are available:-

 

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

 

This 3 mile walk is situated in the North Pennines AONB and it takes you along the River Allen into a lovely gorge. This walk is great for all the family and it is a nice, easy walk due to it being maintained by the National Trust. Once you’re parked up, the route will take you south to Plankey Mill and onto Raven Crag which leads onto a stunning waterfall. The beauty of this walk is the amount of wildlife that can be seen due to it being a nature reserve; animals such as kingfishers, dipper, heron and otters can be spotted along the way which the little ones will love. It is a lovely little walk for the young and the old.

 

Cragside Country Park

 

This is 5 mile walk takes you full circle around the gardens of Cragside Estate which includes the stunning mid 19th century Cragside manor house.  This walk will take you through the woodland, it will lead you to Nelly Moss Lakes, the Iron Bridge and two breathtaking waterfalls.The grounds are most famous for their rock gardens as they have been dubbed the largest rock gardens in Europe and you can lose yourself for hours in its three acres of beautifully cultivated gardens, not forgetting Nelly’s Labyrinth of tunnels and paths through the rhododendron woods.

 

Once you have explored the gardens, a visit to the house is a must because, not only is it beautiful, it also has a fascinating history. It was built in 1863 and it is the first house in the world to use hydroelectric lighting and, today, it is still packed full of inventions. This is another trek for the whole family, the little ones will love exploring the gardens while the adults will appreciate the gardens and the history behind the estate. For more information on the Cragside estate, take a look at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside.

 

These are just a couple of walks that can be done in Northumberland. If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging or a walk with a historical twist, take a look at http://www.northumberlandtourism.com/en/index.aspx for more routes.