best walking routes in the north east

National Walking Month: Best Walking Routes in the North East

Jennifer Igbafen picks out six of the best walking routes in the North East to help stretch your legs this National Walking Month…

It’s National Walking Month, so every step counts to support The British Heart Foundation’s research for people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK. Walking is not only a great way to stay active and keep your heart healthy, but it’s also a great way to enjoy the sunshine and de-stress.

So, why not lace up your trainers and go the distance by challenging yourself to the best walking routes in the North East?

Captain Cook’s Monument and Roseberry Topping

Captain Cook's Monument

Starting at Great Ayton, wander through the village, meander through the woodland and admire the farmland. All before engaging in a steep climb up to Captain Cook’s Monument.

Once there, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the panoramic views along the Cleveland Way trail up to the summit of Roseberry Topping. The return journey adds to the adventure.

Dogs must be on a lead near livestock.

Craster to Low Newton

Low Newton

Why not enjoy a leisurely walk with your dog along the coast, starting at the fishing village of Craster and making your way to Low Newton? You’ll get to take in the remarkable views of Dunstanburgh Castle and Embleton Sands along the way.

With dune flowers blooming in the spring, opportunities for paddling/swimming in the summer, migrating birds in the fall and serene landscapes and peaceful paths in the winter, it’s a beautiful and ever-changing experience no matter what time of year you visit.

Penshaw Monument’s Lambton Worm Walk

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A mythical nature trail where once a giant worm was rumoured to roam, is now a hotspot for civilians and dogs. Embark on a journey of sightseeing and discovery. Wander the paths near the River Wear overlooking the famous Lambton Castle.

Feel the fresh air, immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings and maybe even spot some sheep.

Dogs must be on a lead when animals are grazing.

Wonders of Nature trail at Gibside


For those who like a challenge, try this turbulent trail of woodlands, meadows and wetlands. The long but rewarding route is great if you want a change from simple nature walks.

With stops in between to allow you to catch your breath, you can admire the wildlife to the fullest. Remember, it’s about the journey, not the destination.

Not accessible for wheelchairs and dogs must be on a lead at all times.

High Force Waterfall

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Take a stroll through the upland landscape filled with beautiful blooming meadows. Soak in the breathtaking view of the gorgeously painted High Force Waterfall and listen to the soothing sound of the cascading water.

Depending on the season, you might be treated to a whole new palette of colours. This will give you a completely different experience each time you visit.

Causey Arch near Stanley in County Durham

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Surrounded by woodland, enjoy a leisurely walk along the oldest surviving single-arch railway bridge in the world. Standing high above a wooden gorge, the bridge offers a stunning view of the Causey Burn River below.

Bring your dogs along and follow the footpath that leads to Tanfield Railway. Keep an eye out for passing trains and maybe even stop for a relaxing picnic break.