Best Walks in Northumberland

03 Apr 2024

Exploring Northumberland’s best walks

It’s #NationalWalkingDay, so let’s celebrate some of the very best walks to enjoy in Northumberland. After all, Northumberland is famous for its breathtaking countryside, enchanting vistas and countless magical walks.

It’s no wonder why so many people choose a caravan touring holiday, to own a holiday home or reside at our stunning Northumberland-based country parks.

Ord House Country Park in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Forget Me Not Country Park in Longhorsley, and The Kaims Country Park in Bamburgh are our beautiful caravan parks in Northumberland.

Located just a short drive from both of our peaceful parks, you’ll discover Northumberland National Park brimming with outdoor opportunities. Its rugged landscape is home to a mix of pleasant walks and long-distance hiking routes.

Here are the best walking routes if you are enjoying some well-deserved time in Northumberland.

Sycamore Gap

A relaxing and easy 2.5 mile route through Sycamore Gap is a great way to start the morning and should take you approximately 1-2 hours to complete.

This stretch is the perfect introduction to Northumberland National Park and its most famous landmark, Hadrian’s Wall.

The short and sweet journey starts and finishes at a relaxing country pub known for its home-brewed ales and Northumberland sausages, so why not treat yourself on your return?

Greenlee Lough

The largest natural lake in Northumberland, Greenlee Lough and the surrounding wetlands make for the most idyllic setting. Embark on a 3.6 mile stroll to breathe in the fresh Northumberland air and take in the beauty of nature.

If you are a bird watching enthusiast, the footpath is a great place to spot many different wild bird species.

Otterburn Ranges

There really are some outstanding panoramic views to be enjoyed on the summit of Brownhart Law, before the trail drops and crosses into Scotland.

The pinnacle of the Otterburn Ranges hike is Blackhall Hill summit, which offers the most dreamy views of the hills and valleys that neighbour it. The trail then leads onwards across the Cheviot Hills and north into Scotland.

This hike is of moderate difficulty and you will find yourself walking approximately 8.5 miles to complete the route.

Simonside Hills

This hike to Simonside summit displays a beautiful 360-degree view of the Cheviot Hills and the North Sea coastline with crags, conifer forest and heather moorland along the way.

The fascinating Simonside Hills are known for their history of several folklore legends, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for ‘fairies’ and ‘little people’! This 7.5 mile walk will take you approximately 3-4 hours to complete and is one you definitely won’t want to miss out on.

Hareshaw Linn Waterfall

Waterfalls are one of nature’s most beautiful features and Hareshaw Linn is Northumberland’s finest. This short hike begins at Bellingham and follows the Hareshaw Burn and winds its way through a wooded valley.

You will pass no fewer than six bridges at various stages of the walk before the track arrives at Harshaw Linn standing 10 metres high. Depending on the time of year you visit you may see red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and bats in the woodland.

Book your touring spot or purchase a holiday or residential home with Maguires Country Parks. Contact our friendly and knowledgeable team who will be happy to help you plan your next getaway.

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