Feeling great: Five great places to go walking

Billy Galey
   Souter lighthouse
Billy Galey Souter lighthouse

Spring is one of my favourite times of year. You can’t beat the feeling that spring puts in the air, especially after what feels like a long, cold winter.

Spring walking feels great – finally some warmth in the air, it’s lighter outside and there’s plenty of colour replacing the damp greys and browns of winter.

And if you enjoy a walk, brushing cobwebs off your walking boots is like a love affair renewed. Now, everyone has their favourite local walks, but sometimes it’s fun to explore somewhere different while the sun’s out.

So I’ve decided to share with you five beautiful places to walk this spring in the North East of England, which have features than come alive in spring.

Whether if be woodlands carpeted with Bluebells, wildflowers along river valleys, moorland peaks, coastal paths, or National Parks, there’s a walk to suit every mood.

Here’s the top five walks I’ve picked for you:

Plessey Woods Country Park, Northumberland - Plessey Woods is located between Bedlington and Cramlington, not far from Morpeth.

You get no less than 100 acres of woodland, meadow and riverside to explore at leisure. Look carefully and you might even catch a glimpse of the woodland animals like red squirrels, deer and fox, in their natural habitat between the towering trees.

Northumberlandia, Northumberland - Here lies one of the North Easts new attractions, opened by Princess Anne in 2012 – The Lady of The North. So, if you fancy a date with The Lady of The North, Northumberlandia is a country park and landscape culture in the form of a woman, it’s creators claim that it’s the largest land sculpture in female form in the world.

This park is located next to Cramlington in Northumberland, only a few minutes from the A1.

Souter Lighthouse, South Shields - Souter Lighthouse is a great place to admire the amazing rock formations.

Visitors are advised to start their walk in South Shields and make their way from the seafront along the coast.

The route takes you to the top of the cliffs to begin with and then down on to the beach around Marsden. And when you get to the lighthouse itself, there are plenty of picnic tables with sea views. If you’re into History, it’s perfect for you to explore the decommissioned lighthouse.

Hamsterley Forest, County Durham - Hamsterley Forest is wedged between Teesdale and Weardale in the heart of beautiful Durham Dales and is around 10 miles of Bishop Auckland.

You won’t be short of things to do, there’s a cafe, cycle hire, picnic sites, adventure playground (perfect for the kids and grandchildren!), forest drive, walking and horse riding routes.

And for number 5 - Newcastle Quayside - If you’re more of a city person, a walk along the Quayside in Newcastle takes in wonderful historic and modern sights.

You can either explore it alone, or join in the heritage walk with a group of people and find out more about the history of the area. You can see the famous Bessie Surtees house, which is a fine 16th and 17th century Jacobean architecture in an area which was known as Sandhill.

And of course you can see the famous bridges across the river, then enjoy a bite to eat in the city after.

So, there you have it! 5 different places to walk in the North East that suit everyone.

Get outside as much as you can this Spring, walking is a great way to keep active and mobile – it doesn’t have to be a hard hike. Enjoy a gentle stroll, and enjoy what the North East has to offer.

And if you take any pictures while you’re out and about, be sure to share them with us over on Facebook – we’d love to feature them on our page.

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