The Best Long Distance Trails in Northumberland
In my eyes to make it onto the list of the best long distance trails in Northumberland the walk has to be varied. I don’t want to walk for a week looking at the same type of landscape. I want the walking to vary from day to day.
Therefore these are my favourite long distance trails that we have or pass through Northumberland.
St Oswald’s Way – I believe St Oswald’s way ticks all the boxes for a long distance trail. Starting at Holy Island it truly is special for any walk. Then it passes down the stunning Northumberland Coastline before heading along the River Coquet to Rothbury.
The next section of St Oswald’s Way takes you over The Simonside Hills giving you great views of where you have walked in previous days.
You then finish your walk at Heavenfield making for a great climax to the best long distance trail we have in Northumberland.
More information about the guide book options for The St Oswald’s Way Trail can be found here or for more information about walking holidays on St Oswald’s Way please just click here.
Northumberland Coast Path – Northumberland is famous for its coastline and this walk will not fail to impress anybody.
The Northumberland Coast path walk is littered with castles, stunning views and it passes through some lovely villages on route.
With it being on the coast it is far flatter than other long distance trails in Northumberland so you can really enjoy some great walking.
More information about the Harvey's map for the Northumberland Coast path, can be found here or for more information about walking holidays on the Northumberland Coast Path please just click here.
Hadrian’s Wall Trail – Any list of the best long distance trails in Northumberland would not be complete with mentioning the Hadrian’s Wall Trail.
It is by far the most popular long distance path we have running through Northumberland and the middle section is truly awe inspiring, especially the section around Crag Lough and Housesteads.
Please don’t right off the section through Newcastle. If you do the Hadrian’s Wall walk west to east you will be ready for a little bit of civilisation at the end. Stop for a pub lunch on the Newcastle Quayside or buy yourself a Cappuccino to celebrate your achievement.
More information about the guide book for the Hadrian’s Wall Trail can be found here or for more information about walking holidays on Hadrian’s Wall please just click here.
There are other long distance routes that warrant a mention including St Cuthbert’s Way. It was hard to miss this off my list as I am a big fan of this walk, especially the section over Wideopen Hill between Morebattle and Kirk Yetholm. But as this section is actually in The Scottish Borders it doesn't strictly qualify!