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Northumberland Walks

Views over spectacular Northumberland countrysideWild and beautiful, Northumberland has no shortage of dramatic and rugged scenery. This is the county that is home to wide expanses of moorland and hills, Hadrian’s Wall, the Cheviot Hills, a spectacular coastline and northern Europe’s largest man-made lake. Northumbland truly does seem intent on issuing Scotland-bound travellers a final visual reminder of all that is brilliant about the English countryside.

Northumberland ‘s breathtaking peaks and moorland does lend itself to serious walking and this is countryside where you should make sure you are wearing the proper kit and are well prepared for a day out in any weather. However, whilst those walking with babies and young children will find a baby backpack an useful item on their Northumberland walking kit list, there are still opportunities for those looking to explore Northumberland ‘s countryside with a pushchair or buggy. Children will be inspired by the numerous forts and historic sites along Hadrian’s Wall and those with a penchant for magic and the big screen will be excited to visit Alnwick Castle. The Percy family’s Northumberland home and stronghold for over 700 years and full of fascinating history and stories in its own right, the castle is famous in more recent times as the filming site of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies.

Baby Routes tried and tested walks for both buggies and those walking with babies in backpacks in Northumberland can be found listed at the bottom of the page. If you are looking for further inspiration in the meantime, why not visit the following websites where you can find details of other walking ideas to explore the best of Northumberland’s scenic landscape with family, some of which are suitable for buggies and pushchairs.


  1. Kielder Water – northern Europe’s largest manmade lake and surrounded by Britian’s largest working forest, offers a huge variety of family recreational opportunities. The Lakeside Way, which runs along the side of this vast expanse of water and trees, is a multi-purpose pathway suitable for cyclists, walkers and pushchair users and perfect for days out with children. Check out suggested walks on the Trails Guide which you can download from the Kielder Water website. 
  2. Northumberland County Council ‘s website provides lots of information on the county’s County Parks and Wildlife Reserves. You can also find a list of suggest self-guided walking routes here, some of which are suitable for pushchairs and buggies.
  3. Visit Northumberland is a tourist website showcasing the best the county has to offer. Check out the walking page with some great suggestions for all distances and types of walk across the county. The website also features a handy map of walking routes provided, helping you easily find walks near you.
  4. Northumberland National Park website has loads of useful information on what to do and where to go to enjoy the great outdoors with your children and family. A selection of downloadable leaflets and guides to walks can be found here, some of which are suitable for those walking with babies in pushchairs and buggies and those with small children.

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View across Kielder Water and forest from baby friendly walking route

Leaplish Loop Walk, Kielder Water

Walk Distance: 10km Walk Duration: 2hr 40 OS Map: OS Landranger Cheviot Hills and Kielder Water OL80 ,OS Explorer Kielder Water and Forest OL 42 Suitable for: all-terrain & sturdy pushchairs, slings/backpacks, older children, cycling with baby seats. Walk features: Good paths, lakeside walking, forest walking, nature reserves and wildlife spotting (red squirrels), refreshments, public toilets, pub, shop, playground and …

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