Get Outdoors

Head outdoors to take in the picturesque views on offer in the North East. With spectacular coastlines, hidden coves, islands rich in wildlife and a fascinating heritage, the region is waiting to be explored...

 

Kielder Forest Dark Skies Park ·

Northumberland

Kielder Water and Forest Park is bursting with natural wonders and there’s nowhere further in England away from any light pollution - making it one of the best spots in the world for stargazers and aspiring astronomers. Its secluded position also means the forest is rife with wildlife, including bats, deer, squirrels and ospreys.

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North Pennines AONB ·

Durham, Northumberland

Cut loose from busy city life and escape to the peaceful, tranquil moors of the Durham Dales – where you can walk, cycle or even horse ride through the beautiful countryside. The idyllic dales stretch endlessly over the horizon, with the leafy landscape only interrupted by rivers, far-away villages and captivating market towns.

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Northumberland's Outstanding Coastline ·

Northumberland

Scan the sandy coves, castle-side coastlines and charming fishing villages along the Northumberland stretch. It’s easy to see why this 30 mile stretch of sprawling coastline is a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ – with so many secluded spots, you’ll want to explore every inch at your own leisure during your stay.

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Durham Heritage Coast ·

Durham

The Durham Heritage Coast is geological wonder worth exploring. Along its many beaches, rugged cliffs and imposing headlands stands Nose’s Point, a former colliery site which is now home to rare plants and wildlife and one of the most spectacular views.

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Roker Pier and Beach ·

Sunderland

Stroll along the promenade and watch the world go by at Roker beach – found in one of Sunderland prettiest areas. Take a guided tour along the pier and up the Grade II listed Roker Lighthouse, or simply amble along at your own pace making time to take in the pristine sandy beachfront views.

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Northumberland National Park ·

Northumberland

Home to arguably Europe’s greatest ancient monument, Hadrian’s Wall, and one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The Sill Discovery Centre is a great base for exploring the Park’s upland streams and ancient woods. Meanwhile, further north, a ramble through the rolling Cheviot Hills will reveal hidden delights, cascading waterfalls and prehistoric sites.

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Seaside Towns ·

Tynemouth, Whitley Bay

Feel the fresh sea air on your face as you walk along the banks of Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, North Shields and Cullercoats - the most popular seaside locations in the region. Combine your coastal walk with regular stops in the many coffee shops, bars and ice-cream stalls along North Tyneside’s sea-ward towns.

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South Shields ·

South Shields

South Shields offers an abundance of walks and adventures. Enjoy the seaside charms of this popular resort, then follow the coastal path along this beautiful stretch of coastline. Take in the views of sandy beaches and soaring cliffs, before exploring Souter Lighthouse, the first in the world to be purpose built for electricity.

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