Walks

Enjoy the spectacular scenery and discover the history of Northumberland

The County

Northumberland is a big place, one of England’s biggest counties, and the most sparsely populated. There is a lot to see and experience. The countryside is mainly hilly, rather than mountainous, and very varied. The beaches on the North Sea Coast are big and beautiful, and not at all busy, even in the middle of summer. The moors above Allendale and Blanchlands are vast expanses of heather criss-crossed by ancient tracks. The Tyne is England’s finest salmon river, and divides into the North Tyne and the South Tyne just west of Hexham. Both are lovely rivers. The hills are biggest up by the Border, with spectacular views north into Scotland and south over the county.

We will organise guided walks for you to beautiful and interesting places. These can be shorter or longer as you please. Of course you can use Errington House as your base, on a bed and breakfast basis, and plan your own routes. If that is what you want you are welcome to do so. However, if you do take up the option of a guide, not only will he or she make sure you make the most of your day, but we will also provide:

  • transport to and from the walk
  • a pub or picnic lunch
  • dinner in the evening (should you wish it).

View walks photos here.

Walking Routes

Northumberland is full of walks ranging from short excursions of 2 or 3 miles, perhaps to visit a waterfall or a castle, up to more ambitious 8 to 12 mile hikes over hill and moor, or along the coast or a river. Of course it is possible to go even further in a day, but experience suggests that in the course of a short break it’s best not to be over-ambitious even if you are fit and keen. You are here to take a little holiday, relax and enjoy yourselves. We’re not entering you in a race or any other kind of competition. You will set your own targets.

We will always ask you in advance how far you think you would like to go, what you would like to see, and how energetic you are feeling, so that we can tailor a programme for you.

The actual routes we take may be weather dependent, but if you want to walk for 2 or 3 days, then unless you already have a clear idea of where you want to go we will make sure your experience is varied. For example, “Walking the Wall” is very popular, and as we are very well placed for the section that is most worth walking, you could use Errington House as a base to walk quite a lot of it, or even all of it. However, it’s also good to follow a day on the most spectacular stretch, between the forts at Birdoswald and Chesters, with (for example) a day on the Coast between Beadnell and Craster, or walking the lakeside paths up at Kielder, the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe.

If you want to take the guided option, then we ask that you stay at Errington for the night before the walking starts, and also if possible on the night of the last day’s walk. So, for 1 day’s guided walking you would stay 2 nights, for 2 days 3 nights, and for 3 days 4 nights. You can have dinner with us at Errington, or you can visit under your own steam one of the several restaurants in the area, just as you wish. All we would say is that, after a good day out, spending a comfortable evening together, relaxing over a good dinner and discussing the day’s events, without the need to drive anywhere, is something people seem to enjoy.

Examples of our longer walks

The best bits of the Hadrian’s Wall Path; Grindon Green to Cawfields and Twice Brewed; East of East Woodburn to Bellingham; Barrasford Park to Matfen via Colt Crag, Thockrington and Ryal; Errington to Wallhouses via Heavenfield; Beadnell to Craster and on to Howick Hall; Alnmouth to Dunstanburgh Castle; Kielder North Shore; Kielder South Shore; Birdoswald and the Irthing Valley; Vindolanda; the Border Fence; Blanchlands to Allendale over the moor; Brocolitia Circular via Scout Memorial and Newbrough; over Simonside to Rothbury or Thropton; St Oswald’s Way; Allen Banks.

Our shorter walks are circular and based on a nice pub. They are normally about 5 or 6 miles in length but may be up to about 8 miles.

What you will need

Be prepared! Having the right kit makes a big difference. It does rain sometimes, but we don’t let that stop us. Bring waterproofs and a small back pack. There is an efficient drying room, to deal with damp gear. In the summer proper waterproof and supportive walking shoes will probably be enough most of the time, but be aware that your guide will most likely be wearing three season boots!

Dogs

If you are staying with us on a bed and breakfast basis, and organising your own days, then your well behaved dogs are welcome at Errington (but not in the bedrooms, please). Our own dogs will no doubt be pleased to make their acquaintance. If on the other hand you are coming to do some guided walking, then bringing your dog along is more problematic. It’s not just that there are several times more sheep in Northumberland than there are people, and that farmers have very firm views on dogs, and do not hold back in expressing them. There are places we walk where dogs simply are not allowed at all, even on a lead, for example on grouse moors. Likewise, if we are using coach transport, they won’t be allowed on there either, as they are likely to be too wet and muddy.

Photo Gallery - What you may see, depending on the walk taken

Click on any of the photos to view a larger image.


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Hadrian's Wall

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Milecastle 39 (aka Castle Nick)

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Crag Lough

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Crag Lough & Highshield Crags

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Our First Walkers

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Sycamore Gap on Hadrian's Wall 

2016 English Tree of the Year in the Woodland Trust’s awards.

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Sycamore Gap on Hadrian's Wall 

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Border Fence

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Blanchland Moor

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Howick Hall

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Colt Crag Reservoir

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Air Crag

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Allendale

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Blanchland

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Hallington

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River Allen

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Dawn at Errington House

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Erring Valley

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East Woodburn