WALKING IN NORTHUMBERLAND
Simonside Hills - Near Morpeth
Simonside Hills Walk is a 11.4 kilometer loop trail located near Rothbury, Northumberland, that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. This circular walk takes you to the fell sandstones in Simonside Hills that were created hundred of years ago. Simonside Hills is important to the Bronze Age and contains years of history and has the most spectacular views at the top of the Cheviot Hills and North Sea coastline.
Thrunton Woods - Near
Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this large area of woodland near Alnwick. The forest has two waymarked walking trails. One is an easy trail of 2 miles and the other is a more challenging 5 mile walk involving some climbing. The area is also popular with mountain bikers as there are a number of very good off road trails to try. On the trails you can climb Thrunton Crag and enjoy wonderful views towards the Cheviots.
This magnificent, seven mile sweep of beach runs from bustling Amble to peaceful Cresswell, where the Northumberland Coast Path begins. As well as pristine beaches, there are sand dunes and pools to explore and the 100-acre Ladyburn Lake fringed by woodland and meadows. Infringed with rugged dunes, Druridge Bay has unspoilt coastline stretching as far as the eye can see. The area is a haven for birdwatchers, walkers and anyone wanting to breathe in the natural beauty of Northumberland in a peaceful setting.
There are a few wonderful Northumberland coastal walks to choose from in and around Holy Island, but the Holy Island North Beaches and Castle Walk is one of the best. While traversing this circular walk, you’ll see the rolling sand dunes of The Links and three sandy beaches in the north that are often missed by day-trippers, and you can visit Lindisfarne Castle, Castle Point and the castle lime kilns along this walking route. There are a couple of cafes and pubs where you can enjoy a well-deserved meal after tackling this somewhat challenging route.
Embleton to Craster- Dunstaburgh Castle
Embleton to Craster is a 12.6 kilometer loop trail located near Alnwick, Northumberland, England that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching. Dunstanburgh Castle is a 14th-century fortification on the coast of Northumberland in northern England, between the villages of Craster and Embleton. The castle was built by Earl Thomas of Lancaster between 1313 and 1322, taking advantage of the site’s natural defences and the existing earthworks of an Iron Age fort.
Alnmouth to Warkworth
Just a mile North of Amble, a short distance inland along the river Coquet you come to the historic village of Warkworth. The coastal road here runs parallel with the river Coquet and is a prime spot for bird watchers, with herons and a whole range of bird species regularly spotted. This beautiful four mile stretch of coastline from Warkworth heading North to Alnmouth offers stunning beaches, with the villages themselves living up to their setting.
Windy Gyle is one of the best known hills in the Cheviots and the fence along its summit ridge marks the border between England and Scotland. Our journey to the start point was a worthwhile trip in its own right, along a narrow winding road which took us into a remote hinterland near the head of the Coquet Valley. From the small car park beyond Barrowburn we followed a track round the foot of Shorthope Hill before starting the climb up to Windy Gyle. It is a pleasant ascent set at an easy gradient