With its vast landscapes and breathtaking scenery, Northumberland is a beautiful county that’s best explored on foot. The region filled with historical landmarks, ancient castles, rolling hills, unrivalled scenery and friendly market towns and villages to explore. With a cultural heritage all of its own, there’s no better place to enjoy a spring walk in the sunshine.
Below are 3 of our favourite local walks to try out this spring, all just a short distance from Walwick Hall. Once you’ve built up your appetite, call in for a hearty lunch, a well-deserved drink or even a special Afternoon Tea on our terrace.
You can plan your reward for walking by viewing our menus here: https://walwickhall.com/dine/the-dining-room/
Hareshaw Linn – time from Walwick Hall: 20 mins.
Hareshaw Linn is the perfect place to see Northumberland at its most magical. This easy 3-mile walk will see you cross over half a dozen bridges to reach Hareshaw Linn’s beautiful nine-metre high waterfall. The waterfall is set in ancient woodland, where you’ll also find plenty of rare plant life and wildlife such as red squirrels, great spotted woodpeckers, wood warblers, badgers and Daubenton’s bats. Be sure to look out for a penny-studded tree stump on your way around, too.
Hadrian’s Wall and Sycamore Gap – time from Walwick Hall: 12 mins.
As one of Britain’s most famous landmarks, Hadrian’s Wall gives a fascinating insight into our Roman heritage. Set in the stunning local landscape of rolling hills and wide skies, it is a truly inspiring sight to behold. The wall may be an eye-watering 84 miles long but can be broken down into sections that offer walkers much shorter, easier routes. This 4-mile route takes you through some of the most famous parts of the wall, including the iconic Sycamore Gap, which rose to fame for its part in the film ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’ and has since become one of the most photographed spots in the county.
Corbridge and Aydon Castle – time from Walwick Hall: 15 mins.
If you’re after a walk with a bit more of a challenge, this 6-mile Corbridge circular route is a great choice. Just a short drive away from Walwick Hall, the route starts and finishes at Corbridge, a beautiful ancient town steeped in history and filled with charm. You’ll then be directed over the picturesque River Tyne and into woodland to reach Aydon Castle, one of Britain’s finest and most unaltered examples of a 13th century English manor house. We recommend taking along one of our special Picnic Bags and spending a couple of hours exploring this hidden gem before returning.