Over­seas Walks: Six won­der­ful walk­ing trails in north­ern Eng­land

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From moun­tains and moors to gal­leries and pubs, Bri­tain is a walk­ing par­adise.

June 2018 will see New­cas­tle and Gateshead in north-east Eng­land host the 77-day ‘Great Ex­hi­bi­tion of the North.

Three themed walk­ing tours have been cre­ated to take vis­i­tors to venues and at­trac­tions: the Get North Arts Trail, Get North De­sign Trail and Get North In­no­va­tion Trail.

Three iconic cul­tural hubs – BALTIC Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Art, Sage Gateshead and Great North Mu­seum: Han­cock, are the dif­fer­ent start­ing points for the trails.

North­ern Eng­land is criss-crossed with fan­tas­tic walk­ing routes and trails; here are six more worth lac­ing up your boots for.

1. Hadrian’s Wall Path

The north­ern­most fron­tier of the Ro­man Em­pire, Hadrian’s Wall was cre­ated in AD122 and ran the width of Eng­land.

The 135km (84-mile) Hadrian’s Wall Path goes coast to coast along­side the UNESCO World Her­itage Site; dip in any­where, though for the ul­ti­mate in Ro­man im­mer­sion, Hous­es­teads Fort (link is ex­ter­nal) pro­vides the most drama.

You can tackle the path as a mul­ti­day walk, or dis­cover some of the shorter sec­tions in 2-3 hours.

2. Cat Bells, the Lake Dis­trict

Dis­cover one of the world’s new­est UNESCO World Her­itage Sites, the Lake Dis­trict, where you can walk in the foot­steps of Beatrix Pot­ter and Wil­liam Wordsworth.

This is spec­tac­u­lar walk­ing ter­rain, where thigh-bust­ing climbs are re­warded with breath-tak­ing views over Eng­land’s largest lakes.

One of the best vis­tas is look­ing east from the top of Cat Bells hill across the lake of Der­went­wa­ter to the moun­tain of Skid­daw.

Cat Bells is one of the most pop­u­lar hills in the area; it’s also a short, sharp, steep climb of 451 me­tres – but is worth the ef­fort.

3. Craster to Low New­ton Coastal Walk

The sea­side sor­tie, the Craster to Low New­ton Coastal Walk (link is ex­ter­nal), which starts in the spir­i­tual home of kip­pers (cold-smoked her­rings), a clas­sic Bri­tish break­fast. Rel­ish the finest coast on north-east Eng­land, in­clud­ing flower-mottled dunes and the lonely ru­ins of Dun­stan­burgh Cas­tle.

Rest your legs and recharge af­ter­wards at Low New­ton’s Ship Inn, beloved for its mi­cro­brew­ery and hand­picked-crab sand­wiches.

4. York­shire Sculp­ture Park

A stroll from Bret­ton Coun­try Park in York­shire cul­mi­nates in a visit to one of the world’s most im­pres­sive out­door art gal­leries, the York­shire Sculp­ture Park. But first: na­ture, glo­ri­ous na­ture.

Take in tran­quil lakes, lush val­leys and amaz­ing Pen­nine views be­fore reach­ing 500 acres of park­land stud­ded with world-class sculp­tures.

5. The York­shire Dales

Who can re­sist a walk punc­tu­ated with a pub visit? From Grass­ing­ton Na­tional Park Cen­tre in the York­shire Dales an 17km (11-mile) am­ble takes in this beau­ti­ful, un­abashedly healthy­look­ing ter­rain threaded with rivers and dot­ted with Swaledale sheep.

Half­way along you’ll en­counter pic­ture-post­card pub The Craven Arms (link is ex­ter­nal): ex­pect real ales on tap, roar­ing fires and hearty home­made meals.

6. The Pen­nine Way

The sprawl­ing hills of the Peak Dis­trict are one of the great jew­els of the Bri­tish coun­try­side. Walk­ers and plea­sure-trip­pers are drawn by its stone vil­lages, stately homes and rocky out­crops.

Head to Edale to get stuck into some char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally dra­matic Peaks ter­rain – it’s the start­ing point for the Pen­nine Way walk­ing trail, and of­fers low-level am­bles and more chal­leng­ing hikes.

The area is also home to some of the area’s best pubs, Old Hall Inn and Old Nags Hea, where you can ei­ther start or end your walk.

Top: New­cas­tle and Gate­head will host a 77 day Great Ex­hi­bi­tion of the North in 2018. Above: The York­shire Dales. Be­low: Cat Bells, the Lake Dis­trict.

Top: York­sire Sculp­tiure Park. Above:The York­shire Dales. Be­low: The Pen­nine Way.

Walk­ing New Zealand, is­sue no 242 - 2018

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