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Best winter walks

Best winter walks

Tue 24th December 2013

The days are drawing are short it  is often cold but if the weather is good I think the winter months are one of the best times to get out and enjoy the stunning countryside.

If there is snow lying on the ground or a hard frost you can not beat it, as long as you wrap up warm and go prepared.

Do you have a favourite walk in Northumberland for Winter? I have chosen great walks in their own right, but made sure they all have starting points that are accessible if the weather is not great. Also with the shorter days I have chosen slightly shorter routes.

If you have any personal favourites please do let me know, but here are mine –

Walk 2 – Cragside Carriageway Drive

I am a little biased here, as I live in Rothbury I walk this walk most days and I never get tired of it. Back in summer I updated this route and changed the route a little to make a good walk great.

You are treated to some great views of the Coquet Valley and also Simonside and The Cheviots in the distance.

As it starts from Rothbury there are plenty of places to get warm when you finish the walk and you will be welcomed with the great reception you only get in Northumberland

You can find out more and download the route here

Walk 12 – Dunstanburgh Castle

On those cold and crisp days you canít beat heading off to the coast and what better section of the coastline to walk than that from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle.

This walk is great under foot and with it being circular it gets you off the beaten track to get a very different viewpoint of Dunstanburgh Castle.

With this walk starting and finishing from Craster you are again spoilt with places to eat, drink and warm up upon your return.

You can find out more and download the route here

Walk 23 – The Ingram Horseshoe

A taste of The Cheviots for those short winter days.

This walk is ideal for that winter walk in Northumberland. It ventures just into The Cheviots but with it not venturing to high and with the starting point being accessible it is  exactly what is needed to blow away those winter cob webs.

After you get back you can check out the new Muddy Boot Café, which has opened up in the old Ingram Tourist Information Centre. You will certainly be welcomed with a smile and with it named the Muddy Boot Café, it is made for the winter walker.

You can find out more and download the route here.

Hopefully one of the above inspires you to get out over the coming weeks. Just wrap up warm, take your time and enjoy yourself. 

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