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Best trails in Northumberland

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Trying to find the best Northumberland trails? AllTrails has 111 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Wooler, Hexham or Alnwick, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 60 moderate trails in Northumberland ranging from 1.5 to 73.4 miles and from 16 to 2,687 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Simonside and Dove Crag
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
The Simonside Hills lie within Northumberland National Park on the northern-most edge of Harwood forest and have beckoned walkers for years because of their wild and rugged beauty. The range dominates the skyline forming a dramatic southern backdrop to the middle reaches of the River Coquet. The climb up the hills to the top (at 430m) is rewarded with the whole panorama of the Cheviots to the north and from the top of Simonside itself the whole Northumbrian coastline is revealed.Show more
#2 - Crag Loch and Hadrians Wall Circular Walk
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
A circular walk that allows you to explore Hadrian Wall, Steel Rigg, and Crag Loch. On this walk, you will be able to see the most majestic views of Hadrian's Wall which was built with a similarity to what we have now, a toll booth. The wall prevented people from moving in and out of Roman Britain freely. On the grassland, you will notice different flora like wild chive, thyme, and mountain pansies. You will also see many birds such as plovers, skylarks, and curlews. If you are lucky and doing this walk at dusk, you may even be able to see the bats that inhabit nearby farmhouses and barns! Take a breather at a pub and grab a pint. If that doesn't fit your fancy, there are many stores filled with locally made crafts. Please keep your dogs on leads here especially when encountering wildlife. Note, you will have to navigate through stiles, kissing gates, and footbridges.Show more
#3 - Hareshaw Linn Waterfall
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
A walk to visit the enchanting waterfall, Hareshaw Linn, in Northumberland. The walk leaves the village of Bellingham and follows the pretty stream, Hareshaw Burn, up along the gorge through beautiful woodland to reach the impressive waterfall. The walk follows a solid stone and rocky path for the entire length which can just have a little surface mud. The route includes several climbs and descents and there are several flights of steps, a couple of gates and some footbridges to negotiate. The path can be slippery in part and the gorge sides slope steeply away down to the stream so take particular care with children and dogs. Dogs are welcome on the path to the waterfall, as long as they are under close control. The car park has an electric car charging point and rubbish bins but no other facilities. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours (longer if you spend more time admiring the burn and falls). Show more
#4 - Crag Lough and Vindolanda Fort Trail Loop
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 3 h 56 m
A round trail along the most beautiful part of Hadrian's Wall. If you want to visit both historic sites on the way - Housesteads Roman Fort and Vindolanda Roman Town - plan a full day.Show more
#5 - Hadrian's Wall: Chollerford to Steel Rigg
Hexham, Northumberland, England
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Length: 13 mi • Est. 6 h 26 m
This is the third segment of the Hadrian's Wall Path. To see the full trail, search Hadrian's Wall Path on AllTrails. It is recommend that you plan your accommodation along the trail ahead of time. You can find hostels, bed and breakfasts, hotels, glamping, cottages, and pubs. Show more
#6 - Crag Lough and Housesteads Roman Fort Loop
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
Enjoy this picturesque circular walk around Crag Lough. Travel back in time to the Roman Empire as you see the Housesteads Roman Fort. This is part of Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site. Show more
#7 - Lambley Viaduct and Featherstone Castle
North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
A circular walk near to the village of Featherstone in Northumberland (close to the borders with County Durham and Cumbria) and on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The walking route begins by following the South Tyne Trail, a former railway that now provides a wonderfully scenic walking route, to reach the impressive Lambley Viaduct. The viaduct leads you high over the River South Tyne with outstanding views before you descend to the riverside for views of the viaduct itself. The return leg follows the riverbanks with plenty of wildlife to enjoy, and passing an old Prisoner of War camp and the beautiful Featherstone Castle. The walk is relatively flat for the old rail path and riverside sections, but there is a steep stepped section to descend from the viaduct and a steep climb from the riverside back to the starting point. For the outward leg you will be following the South Tyne Trail which is a well-made stone path, is enclosed away from pastures and has only simple gates as obstacles. Beyond the viaduct, you will need to negotiate several flights of steps, some uneven woodland and riverside paths, three stiles (which dogs would need a lift over) and you will be sharing the riverside pastures with both sheep and cattle. If you prefer to avoid the livestock and stiles, you can follow an easy-access walk along the South Tyne Trail to reach the viaduct (or to the footbridge beneath this if you can manage the steep steps), which would make a lovely walk in itself. One final note is that the viaduct carries you over the river at a height of 32 metres- the trail is wide and has waist-high walls/railings each side, but vertigo-sufferers may find this quite challenging. Allow 2.5 hours. Show more
#8 - Hadrian's Wall: Steel Rigg to Lanercost
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 16 mi • Est. 7 h 31 m
This is the fourth segment of the Hadrian's Wall Path. To see the full trail, search Hadrian's Wall Path on AllTrails. It is recommend that you plan your accommodation along the trail ahead of time. You can find hostels, bed and breakfasts, hotels, glamping, cottages, and pubs. Show more
#9 - Simonside Hills Walk
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 37 m
This circular walk takes you to the fell sandstones in Simonside Hills that were created hundred of years ago. Simonside Hills is an important to the Bronze Age and contains years of history. Additionally, you will be able to see wildflowers and plants such as butterwort, cranberry, and heath. Make sure to look up from time to time to see the different bird species. On this walk, you will see Dove Crag, Old Stell Crag, and Little Church Rock. The path can sometimes be rough and muddy, please wear appropriate footwear. Please note that you will have to navigate through kissing gate, stiles, or fences. Show more
#10 - Bamburgh Castle and Budle Point
Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
A circular walk from the popular village of Bamburgh in the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The capital of ancient Northumbria, Bamburgh is notable for three things, all of which you can explore whilst following this route. First, Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland's most iconic buildings and serves as a backdrop to the entire route. Second, the extensive sandy beaches are some of the best in England, ideal for picnics or rock pooling. Finally, the village is the final resting place of Grace Darling, the Victorian heroine famed for participating in the rescue of a shipwreck in 1838. Bamburgh is a very popular tourist destination so if you want to avoid the crowds it is better to visit on weekdays or out of season. The route follows the beach/sand dunes for the outward leg which, as with all sand, is a bit of a workout. There are a couple of rockier sections too so watch your step. If you want to enjoy the largest expanse of the golden beach, time your walk to avoid high tide. Dogs are welcome on the beach but please clear up after them. The return leg crosses a golf course (be sure to watch out for flying golf balls) and then follows the grass verge alongside the B-road back into the village. Where the grass verge gets narrow in a couple of places take good care to avoid the passing traffic which can be heavy at peak times. There are no stiles to negotiate, just a few kissing gates. You will pass public toilets on the way back into the village. Approximate time 2 hours. Show more
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