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distance 11.19km Vertical gain +163m Vertical drop -162m Durée 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Henshaw - Northumberland

This walk covers a section of Hadrian's Wall. Starting from Steel Rigg, Northumbria National Park, the route includes a visit to Housesteads Fort and the dramatic scenery of Hotbank Crags and Crag Lough. The route along the wall has many ups and downs but does provide you with a chance to walk in the footsteps of the Roman Legions.

distance 5.57km Vertical gain +62m Vertical drop -65m Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Henshaw - Northumberland

A circular walk along one of the most scenic sections of Hadrian’s Wall involves some short, sharp ascents.

distance 12.83km Vertical gain +206m Vertical drop -203m Durée 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bardon Mill - Northumberland

This Northumbria walk explores one of the more dramatic sections of Hadrian's Wall and also includes Vindolanda Roman Fort. This walk can also be undetaken using the Hadrian's Wall bus service AD122 which runs from April through to September.

distance 7.81km Vertical gain +204m Vertical drop -200m Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bardon Mill - Northumberland

The opportunity to visit the remains of two Roman Forts and walk along one of the best sections of Hadrian's Wall are the main features of this walk in the Northumberland National Park. The walking is generally easy and for the most part the walk follows well trodden routes.

distance 13.78km Vertical gain +179m Vertical drop -171m Durée 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bardon Mill - Northumberland

This Northumberland walk includes Hadrian's Wall and the Pennine Way. The route crosses some rough ground which can be rather boggy after heavy rain.

Walking Thirlwall Castle ( Download : )
distance 2.95km Vertical gain +81m Vertical drop -81m Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Greenhead - Northumberland

Take a stroll to see Thirlwall Castle, a relic of troubled times between the 12th and 15th centuries.

Walking Falstone Circular ( Download : )
distance 3.56km Vertical gain +15m Vertical drop -16m Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Northumberland

The Falstone Circular Walk is a lovely little ramble around dramatic riverbanks and an old railway line. The old railway line you follow on the walk was once part of the Border Counties Railway which was in use between 1862 and 1958. Imagine steam trains bound north for Riccarton over the Scottish border – an easier journey than by car today.

Walking Hareshaw Linn ( Download : )
distance 4.65km Vertical gain +106m Vertical drop -106m Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bellingham - Northumberland

Hareshaw Linn is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), designated for its rare ferns and lichen. More than 300 different types of mosses, liverworts and lichen can be found. The ‘Linn’ is also home to red squirrel, great spotted woodpecker, wood warbler, spotted flycatcher, badger and Daubenton's bat.

Walking Greenhaugh and Thorneyburn ( Download : )
Greenhaugh and Thorneyburn
distance 4.18km Vertical gain +52m Vertical drop -52m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tarset - Northumberland

A lovely walk along the stream of Greenhaugh Burn, along country lanes and through the fields from Greenhaugh, with some great views across the Tarset Valley. During July and August, you will be able to see some of our beautiful hay meadows full of incredible wildflowers.

Walking Elsdon Burn ( Download : )
distance 5.59km Vertical gain +79m Vertical drop -86m Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Elsdon - Northumberland

A nice family walk following the Elsdon Burn, before heading over Gallow Hill. Take time to enjoy the views over Elsdon – the historic capital of Redesdale. Enjoy a cuppa or a pint after building up a thirst from seeing the sights of this pretty little place.

Walking Elsdon and the Todholes ( Download : )
distance 4.33km Vertical gain +64m Vertical drop -70m Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Elsdon - Northumberland

Enjoy a circular walk suitable for most abilities, with fantastic views over Elsdon on the return leg. Enjoy a cuppa or a pint after building up a thirst and seeing the sights of this scenic Northumberland village. For the adventurous amongst you, why not pair this walk with our Elsdon Burn Walk.

distance 9.12km Vertical gain +339m Vertical drop -341m Durée 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Durham

The North Pennines offer some of the wildest landscapes in England. This route explores the hills and moors to the north of Wearhead. A short section of the Weardale Way is also included.

distance 5.64km Vertical gain +70m Vertical drop -72m Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

An easy walk in the North Pennines this walk visits one of the waterfalls on the upper Tees. The walk can easily be extended to visit the limestone crags of Falcon Clints by using the Pennine Way.

distance 7.2km Vertical gain +153m Vertical drop -147m Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Alwinton - Northumberland

Alwinton and the River Alwin route is a favourite route with walkers, starting in Alwinton, that used to be one of many trackways in the border hills frequented in times past by cattle drovers, shepherds, pedlars and whiskey smugglers.

distance 15.16km Vertical gain +493m Vertical drop -496m Durée 5h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Alwinton - Northumberland

The hills in the southern part of the Northumberland National Park offer some fine walking. This route starts from the small village of Alwinton and follows paths, tracks and quiet country lanes for the most part. However some sections are pathless and a good sense of direction is necessary. The walk is best avoided if low cloud is covering the hills. Also do be prepared for some boggy areas especially after rain.

Harbottle Castle and the Drake Stone from Alwinton
distance 8.89km Vertical gain +181m Vertical drop -183m Durée 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Alwinton - Northumberland

An easy circular walk from Alwinton; taking in the ruins of the castle at Harbottle and then up to the Drake Stone in the Harbottle Hills. Descend to Harbottle Lake and return via the forest path. Great views on a clear day.

High Cup Nick from Cow Green Reservoir
distance 20.86km Vertical gain +275m Vertical drop -278m Durée 6h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

This is a fairly undemanding walk through a wild North Pennine landscape. The route visits two outstanding natural features - High Cup Nick and Cauldron Snout - using a section of the Pennine Way. There are no route finding issues even in poor visibility.

Walking Barrowburn ( Download : )
distance 8.29km Vertical gain +202m Vertical drop -197m Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Alwinton - Northumberland

Explore one of the most remote and rugged landscapes in Northumberland with this invigorating half-day family walk offering stunning views.

Walking Knock Fell ( Download : )
Knock Fell
distance 11.78km Vertical gain +552m Vertical drop -547m Durée 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Long Marton - Cumbria

A circular walk dominated throughout by the giant golf ball that is the radar station at Great Dunn Fell. You will use some good roads, some tracks and the Pennine Way on this walk.

It is worth downloading the Knock Geotrail leaflet from the link I have listed below as it provides more information on the geology of the area than given in my description. Similarly, you could follow the link to the Discover Britain webpage and learn about the Helm Wind which is particular to the Cross Fell area.

Walking The Simonside Hills ( Download : )
distance 6.94km Vertical gain +209m Vertical drop -209m Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Whitton and Tosson - Northumberland

Enjoy a circular walk up to the summit of Simonside, involving some short, steep gradients. A walk along the Simonside Hills must not be missed. From the top, you have a wonderful 360-degree view encompassing the Cheviot Hills and the North Sea coastline. The area teems with wildlife such as the curlew, red grouse, wild goats, and even red squirrels in the forest below.

Walking Simonside ( Download : )
distance 5.26km Vertical gain +140m Vertical drop -145m Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Whitton and Tosson - Northumberland

An easy to follow trail in the Simonside Forest, aimed at families, with plenty to look out for and do along the route.

Windy Gyle from Coquet Valley
distance 11.61km Vertical gain +385m Vertical drop -381m Durée 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Alwinton - Northumberland

Windy Gyle is the key objective for this walk in the deserted hills of Northumbria. Starting in the beautiful Coquet Valley the walk crosses wild moorland and includes a section of the Pennine Way.

Bales Hush art installation
distance 6.97km Vertical gain +203m Vertical drop -202m Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

An easy walk from the Bowlees Car Park / Visitor Centre up to Bales Hush and the art installation called Hush.

Walking The Shepherds Cairn ( Download : )
distance 9.81km Vertical gain +257m Vertical drop -255m Durée 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Alnham - Northumberland

The Shepherds Cairn is a memorial to two shepherds who lost their lives in the winter of 1962. They were found just half a mile from their remote home at Ewartly Shank. Because of this event the National Park Voluntary Rangers set up the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team - a volunteer organisation that turns out in all weather to help save lives.