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Best Winter Walks on the North East Service

Winter Walks

Best winter walks on the North Eastern service

Is there any better way to refresh your spirits than a crisp, wintery walk? Walking in winter is a great way to dust off the cobwebs and put your best foot forward for the year ahead. Now that the festive celebrations are a cosy memory, there's never been a better time to enjoy frosty landscapes, fresh air, and a long stroll with family and friends.

That's why we've listed our favourite winter walking routes that are easily accessible via our North Eastern service, so your winter walking itinerary is ready to go.

Barnes Park, Sunderland

If you're searching for urban winter walks in the North East, this open public space in Sunderland is the largest park in the city and a wonderful day out for all the family. The park is just under two miles long, giving you plentiful wandering opportunities.

Featuring a Victorian-style bandstand, there's also a dedicated adventure play area for the kids to enjoy, plus bowling greens, tennis courts, and a café for refreshments. Or take a wander by the stream and the lake. Cross over the bridges and follow the dozens of paths to explore this city gem.

Roker Beach, Sunderland

Experience the fresh, sea air by visiting Roker Beach – a popular spot on the North East coast that offers the perfect place to unwind after the busy festive season. With miles of breath-taking coastline, walk along the pier and admire the views of the lighthouse – you might even spot some dolphins if you're lucky!

The dog-friendly beach has plenty of popular activities, including canoeing, kayaking, and sailing. Plus, there are cafes and refreshments available at Pier Point, which is right on the edge of the beach.

If you're flexible with your travel arrangements, why not consider purchasing our Off-Peak tickets? You'll avoid the busy commuter crowds and benefit from quieter carriages.

Hartlepool Headland

The most southerly point of the Heritage Coastal footpath route, Hartlepool Headland is an exciting stretch of coast that highlights the old military defences of this seaside town.

Follow the promenade and admire the rich past of Hartlepool whilst spotting various historic sites, including St. Hilda's Church and Heugh Battery Museum. With Saxon and maritime origins, this ancient spot boasts impressive architecture. There are 18 information boards that guide you through the area and share tales of the town's storied past.

Cleveland Way, North Yorkshire

There are plenty of scenic winter walks in North Yorkshire, including the long distance route of Cleveland Way, which covers over 100 miles. However, if you'd prefer a smaller slice of the walk, Northallerton makes a great base for the moorland sections, covering just a few miles.

If you're a keen walker and fancy the more challenging sections of the route, Osmotherley is just a short bus journey away from Northallerton, where you can follow the Cleveland Way signs once you arrive.

Depending on your level of hiking ability, you can choose to walk four miles to Swainby, six miles to Faceby, or nine miles to Carlton-in-Cleveland.

Thirsk to South Kilvington Circular

Considered an easy route, this 5.8km circular trail takes an average of one hour and 21 minutes to complete. You'll enjoy great views of the frosty, rural countryside.

Starting from Thirsk town centre, this field walk is generally flat and suitable for people who want to get into walking – or for those who can't walk as well as they used to.

Heading on your winter walk with a large group? If you're travelling with 10 or more passengers, you can take advantage of our great value offering by booking our Group Travel tickets. Enquire today to receive the best rates.

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