8 of our favourite Northumberland walks


Posted by Ruth on 6th November 2020

Northumberland walks

It’s not an understatement to say that Northumberland is a walker’s paradise. Not only is there a veritable feast of waymarked routes – including the Northumberland Coast Path and the Pennine Way – but you can visit many of the county’s most iconic landmarks quite easily on foot too.

Whether you want to walk past historic castles, follow in the footsteps of Romans or enjoy awe-inspiring views from the county’s loftiest peaks, you simply have to set out on a walk.

Plus, Northumberland combines the very best coastal and countryside landscapes and has a low population density, meaning that often, you’ll have the place to yourselves. However, it is worth noting that on some of the county’s peaks and fells, as well as in tidal locations, the conditions can change very quickly so please be aware of the weather and tidal forecasts before you set off and always be prepared.

Whether you’re a keen hiker looking to scale your next peak, or you’re looking for a family-friendly walk that even little legs will enjoy, we’ve rounded up 8 of the best walks in Northumberland. And if you’re looking for a cosy cottage in which you can rest your weary feet when your adventure is complete, click on the button below to take a look at our collection of Northumberland cottages.



One of the most enchanting places to visit in Northumberland is Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, and this circular walk takes you around the perimeter of the tidal isle. Along the way, you can spot seals, walk by Lindisfarne Castle and stroll past Lindisfarne Priory. The island is accessed via a tidal causeway so do check tide times before you visit to ensure you don’t get cut off if you’re staying on the mainland.

Distance: 4 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Stay nearby: Britannia House, Holy Island | sleeps 6 + 1 dog

Sycamore Gap

Hadrian’s Wall and Sycamore Gap

This National Trust walk ticks off two of Northumberland’s most iconic landmarks: Hadrian’s Wall and Sycamore Gap – the latter of which once won English Tree of the Year. You’ll begin at Housesteads Information Centre and head to the Roman Fort before walking along the main Hadrian’s Wall path. Around halfway into the walk, you’ll discover Sycamore Gap where the iconic tree stands alone in a dip in the landscape.

Distance: 5.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Stay nearby: Holiday Hideaway, Northumberland National Park | sleeps 2

Dunstanburgh castle

Craster to Low Newton

One of the most favoured coastal walks in Northumberland, this circular route takes you along the spectacular beach at Craster to the atmospheric ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. At low tide, you can continue along the huge sandy beach at Embleton before reaching Low Newton-by-the-Sea. Here, you can double back to Craster, although we’d recommend stopping off for a pint in the seafront pub first!

Distance: 6 miles

Difficulty:  Moderate

Stay nearby: Maggies Den, Craster | sleeps 6 + 1 dog

The Cheviot

The Cheviot

The Cheviot is the highest point in Northumberland and offers incredible views towards the Lake District, the North Sea and perhaps even Edinburgh from the top, which stands 815 metres above sea level. This route is fairly tricky but the panoramic vistas make it well worth the effort. Begin at Langleeford before heading to Cairn Hill, where you follow the Pennine Way to the very top.

Distance: 7.5 miles

Difficulty: Hard

Stay nearby: Whitsun View, Wooler | sleeps 4 + 1 dog

Hareshaw Linn

Hareshaw Linn

Northumberland boasts some awe-inspiring waterfalls, and you can see one of the best on this gentle walk. Beginning in Northumberland National Park, you walk through ancient woodland and over some charming bridges and past rare ferns and lichen before arriving at the 9-metre-high waterfall. As you can expect, the ground can often be slippy underfoot so make sure you are wearing suitable gear.

Distance: 3 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Stay nearby: Brookside Cottage, Bellingham | sleeps 2

Allen Banks

Allen Banks

Another gorgeous woodland walk, this trail takes you through the largest area of ancient woodland in Northumberland, and as such it’s especially beautiful in the autumn. On the way, you can spot wildlife such as grey wagtails, red squirrels and woodpeckers, and enjoy views towards Hadrian’s Wall and the Tyne Valley, before arriving at Moralee Tarn – a beautiful lake.

Distance: 2.5 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Stay nearby: Blacksmiths Shop, Allendale | sleeps 4

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh to Budle Bay

Another iconic Northumberland landmark, the imposing Bamburgh Castle stands proud overlooking the beach. You can see it for yourself on this coastal walk which begins at Bamburgh and heads along the coast to Budle Bay before doubling back to the beginning. Time it for low tide when the sand will be firmer underfoot, and head to one of the many places to eat in Bamburgh for refreshments when you’re done.

Distance: 4 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Stay nearby: Pepperclose Cottage, Bamburgh | sleeps 4

Windy Gyle

The Pennine Way: Windy Gyle

There are many Pennine Way walks in Northumberland that you can tackle, but this is one of our favourites. The circular hill walk takes you to the top of Windy Gyle, which stands 619 metres above sea level and offers views to Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders from the top. There’s a cairn at the top which is handy for sheltering from the wind, as the conditions can get tricky!

Distance: 9.75 miles

Difficulty: Hard

Stay nearby: Pine Lodge, Northumberland National Park | sleeps 4 + 1 dog

Northumberland’s best walks on a map

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There is so much to explore in Northumberland, and all you need to make the best of it is a map and some walking boots! Whether you want to roam the coast, marvelling at historic castles as you go, or you dream of finding solitude on the top of a mountain, Northumberland is the place to visit if you love walking. Whatever you choose to do, find your perfect base for exploration within our collection of Northumberland cottages. Click the button below to start planning your next adventure.

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