Northumberland is quite simply the ideal location for an unsurpassed selection of perfect country and coastal walks and has been credited by Country Walking magazine as `the best place for walking in the country'. The amazing variety of footpaths, bridleways and walking friendly cottage holiday accommodation make this county a wonderful place in which to enjoy a walking holiday.

Whether you're an experienced walker or enjoy more leisurely rambles Northumberland offers both challenging long distance trails and leisurely circular walks, it also has some fantastic coastal paths. Perhaps one of the most famous walks is Hadrian's Wall path which follows the Roman Frontier and is now a World Heritage Site. Another great long distance route is St Oswalds Way which links Holy Island with Hadrian's Wall and encompasses all that Northumberland has to offer along its 156km length. But of course you don't have to cover the whole walk to enjoy it!

Wildlife enthusiasts will feel right at home on the Northumberland Coast where in the summer the sea and offshore islands are teaming with seabirds. Fulmars glide effortlessly alongside the path and the dunes are ablaze with colourful yellow rattle, pink orchids and the deep purple cranesbill.

If you are looking for a beautiful, dramatic county to holiday in then the tranquillity of Northumberland will defiantly appeal to you.

We have a selection of Cottages which are either on or near some fantastic walking routes and paths. Just click on `Cottages suitable for walking' and start planning your perfect walking holiday today!

North Sea Trail

The North Sea Trail has been created through a partnership of 26 regions that share a North Sea heritage.

Thrunton Woods
Thrunton Woods

Thrunton Woods is a large area of woodland a few miles north of Longframlington. The walking is superb culminating in a ten mile walk which traverses truly stunning scenery. It has the feel of wilderness walking and is an ideal holiday activity.

Simonside Hills

The Simonside Hills are in the Northumberland National Park near Rothbury, and boast wild and rugged beauty.

Hadrian's Wall Path

This long distance 86 mile way-marked walking trail will take you all the way from Wallsend to Bowness - on - Solway.

St Oswalds Way

Oswald was the King of Northumbria in the early 7th century. He was given sainthood in recognition of his attempts to bring Christianity to his hitherto pagan people.

St Cuthberts Way

No keen walker can afford to visit Northumberland and not experience the St Cuthbert's Way.

Holy Island Coastal Walk

Following the north east and south coasts of Holy Island, this 6 mile walk is a fantastic little route and is perfect for gaining some insight into what the island has to offer.

Haltwistle Walking Festival
Haltwistle Walking Festival

The Highlight of every autumn is the Haltwhistle Walking Festival. Packed with a huge variety of walks including `a taste of Northumberland' and `The Wild West', there is certain to be something for everyone.

The Northumberland Coastal Path

The Northumberland Coastal Path forms part of the international North Sea Trail and is a recently established 64 mile coastal ramble!