(noun; getting muddy)
Nobody expects this time of the year to be full of sunshine but those crisp spring days, when they arrive, are great for escaping out into the countryside for a walk. With vast open spaces inland and along the coast, theres a walk to suit all abilities in Northumberland.
So pull on those wellies, grab a coat and squelch your way around Northumberland on one of these walks:
Falstone Circular Walk
A lovely ramble around the riverbank and old railway line. The railway line you follow was once part of the Border Counties line that was in use between 1862 and 1958. Pass the Falstone Stell, designed by artist Colin Wilbourne in 2006, which was inspired by the areas rich natural and cultural history and a record of place names now submerged beneath Kielder Water.
Walk through the Breamish Valley to see one of the most spectacular waterfalls. A 60ft (18m) chute of water which lands in a plunge pool 6ft (2m) wide and 16ft (5m) deep. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, red squirrels have been spotted here, especially on the forest floor.
Apart from the Cheviot itself it must be one of the most known summits in Northumberland
This wonderful route is not for those looking for an easy amble. Following ‘The Street’, an old drovers road to the border fence you cross over into Scotland to reach the summit of Windy Gyle.
Hadrian’s Wall from Steel Rigg
This walk covers a section of Hadrian’s Wall. Starting from Steel Rigg, pass Sycamore Gap, the tree made famous by Kevin Costner in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. This route includes a visit to Housesteads Roman Fort and the dramatic scenery of Hotbank Crags and Crag Lough.
Craster to Low Newton Coastal Walk
A wonderful walk all year around, this walk sets off from the fishing village of Craster. Don’t forget to call in and buy some of the famous Craster Kippers. You’ll pass the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, and the long sweep of Embleton Sands before reaching Low Newton by the Sea.
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