Walking in Northumberland

The Heart of Northumberland. What a location to base yourself in to get a taste of all the great walking Northumberland has to offer. If you wish to join a walk, a Walking Festival, a Challenge Walk or want to explore the area yourself at your own pace there are plenty of options on offer covering all different types of landscapes.

You are in easy reach of the high hill country of The Cheviot Hills but you can easily reach those low level routes which are stunning in their own right.

There is something for everybody; coast, hills, unspoilt farmland and with Northumberland being the most sparsely populated county in England you will certainly be getting away from the crowds.

Areas to explore

The Simonside Hills

123Rothbury is one of the few locations in Northumberland where you have great walking literally on your doorstep and one of these are the Simonside Hills. The Simonside Hills are very different to the nearby Cheviots as they are heather clad. This is because they are sandstone rather than the Cheviots which have a volcanic past.

Recommended self-guided walks – Whitton Hillhead, Simonside, Lordenshaws Iron Age Hillfort.

The Cheviot Hills

7684229935118a183d0b7b96759bfb7aThe rolling hill tops of The Cheviot Hills really stand out in England as unspoilt and undiscovered. The highest point in Northumberland, The Cheviot, is 2,676 feet but there are some great options to link together some high summits to make a days walking second to none.

Recommended self-guided walks – The Cheviot and The Schil

The Coquet Valley

ryecroft-scenery-8The Coquet Valley stretches up to Chew Green, which is the source of the River Coquet. You have some stunning views at the top of the valley with some great walks that take in the border fence between England and Scotland. So if you want true isolation head up the valley, pull on your boots and enjoy some of the best walking Northumberland has to offer.

Recommended self-guided walks – Windy Gyle, Undiscovered Coquetdale and Harbottle Crags

The Northumberland Coast

druridge-bay-X3In stark contrast the Northumberland Coast is rightly famous for its large white beaches, peppered with castles sitting high above them. One of the most iconic coastlines in Britain and whether you want to walk along the beach or head inland a little the Northumberland coastline will stay in your memories for ever.

Recommended self-guided walk – Dunstanburgh Castle

Many thanks to Jon Monks at Shepherd’s Walks for providing the content for this page.
For further information about walks in the Cheviots visit this website.

Upcoming Walking Events

From day long hikes through hills and valleys to guided garden tours, we have organised walking events for all levels and abilities.

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Tall Tales Tree Trail

11th November 2017 @ 8:00 am - 28th February 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Kielder Challenge Walk

1st September 2018

Northumberland Walking Holidays

With so many wonderful places to explore on foot, the Heart of Northumberland is the ideal spot for a walking holiday or day excursion.

In the following accommodation guests can expect drying rooms / facilities for wet clothes and muddy boots, packed lunches and information on local walks to be available.

Shepherds Walks

Rothbury