Celebrate the autumn countryside with a Great British Walk

This autumn, in partnership with PruHealth, the National Trust is launching the Great British Walk – a celebration of the beautiful British countryside in the autumn season. Why not join the nation to step out and enjoy a walk in the great outdoors?

From 1 September, there will be more than 3,000 walking events, activities and trails to discover at National Trust places all the way through to the end of half term (4 November).

The Trust will be also recommending hundreds of routes for all abilities, available to download for free from www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greatbritishwalk, and people can get involved by sharing their favourite walks online.

The charity, which hopes to inspire the public to discover the great British countryside and green spaces near them, has teamed up with leading health insurer and Vitality wellness programme provider PruHealth to share the love for walking in special places.

Dr Katherine Tryon, PruHealth’s Health and Wellbeing Expert, says: “Walking is one of the simplest forms of exercise, regardless of age or ability and The Great British Walk is a brilliant way to begin – just grab a pair of boots or walking shoes and discover a great walk near you.”

There is a wide variety of great things to discover in the outdoors in September and October, including beautiful displays of autumn colour and spectacular natural events such as deer rutting. The National Trust will also be running a month long pudding offer throughout October, meaning walkers who build up an appetite can make the most of a tasty autumn treat.

Outdoors Visitor Experience Consultant at the National Trust, said; “The great outdoors holds boundless opportunities to make great memories that last a lifetime. A walk is a great way of spending precious time with family and friends – and there’s plenty to discover and do while you are out.”

Top places in the North East to visit and enjoy a Great British Walk include:

Gibside, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, 01207 541820
Join the ‘Intrigue and Strife at Gibside’ guided tour, where you can discover the dramatic stories of the families who owned this spectacular landscape park.

Allen Banks & Staward Gorge, nr Hexham, 01434 344218
Go on a fungi foray on 7 October with our expert, taking in the geology, flora and fauna of this fascinating landscape.

Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland, 01670 773600
Join us for a walk around the woods on 7 September to discover the several different species of bat that live at Wallington.

Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, 01289 389244
Take a lap of Lindisfarne by downloading an Easy walk. Retrace the steps of Barbie and Betty Lutyens and take in the sights and history of Holy Island on a one mile walk.

Cragside, Rothbury, 01669 620333
Follow in the footsteps of Lady Armstrong on 4 and 11 September and discover one of her favourite walks around Tumbleton Lake.