There's so much walking in the North East that you may need to take more than a couple of weeks off work... Here are some of our favourites.
Long-distance walking in the North East
Paddy Dillon's guidebook to the Cleveland Way packs in enough for a couple of weeks walking in the North East - 110 miles on the Cleveland Way, 80 miles on the Yorkshire Wolds Way and finally 50 miles on the Tabular Hills Walk. Three routes in one book!
A walking guidebook to the Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trails, plus the Tabular Hills Walk. Crossing the North York Moors National Park, coastal scenery and quiet countryside, the three routes can be joined to create an easy circular route of over 250 miles (400km). Includes a 1:25,000 scale OS map booklet of the Cleveland Way.
Further up the coast is St Oswald's Way (97 miles), St Cuthbert's Way (62 miles) and the Northumberland Coast Path (also 62 miles.) If you don't like the look of Paddy's walks this one walking guidebook by Rudolf Abraham covers all three routes as there is some overlap between them. (Take a look at the book below).
With the Northumberland Coast Path
This guidebook describes two long-distance trails through Northumberland and the Borders. St Oswald's Way runs 97 miles from Heavenfield near Hadrian's Wall. St Cuthbert's Way is 62 miles from Melrose. Both routes pass through Northumberland National Park and follow part of the Northumberland Coast Path to meet at Holy Island.
Day walking in the North East
If day walks are more your style then you will find plenty of walking in County Durham, the North York Moors or Northumberland and you can enjoy the edited highlights of several areas in one week off.
So why not make the North East your next walking destination?
As well as the day or long-distance walking in the North East, the area has huge areas of Dark Skies - designated areas that have less light pollution and thus better views of the night sky. A little star-gazing from your tent is the ideal way to end a marvellous day's walk.