7 best dog-friendly walks in Northumberland holiday cottages


7 best dog-friendly walks in Northumberland

Ruth 09 October 2019

If there’s one word that’s guaranteed to get your pup’s tail wagging, it’s: WALKIES! And lucky for your furry friend, Northumberland is jam-packed with tracks, trails and thoroughfares to explore - whether he wants to run free on the hills of the Northumberland National Park, paw through ancient woodland or get sandy fur on the coast path.

We’ve sniffed out the top 7 Northumberland dog walks guaranteed to give waggy tails all round.

1. Newton Pool

Newton Pool
Newton Pool credit: Instagram @domallsmi


Take a stroll around the nature reserve in this lovely seaside village, which boasts coastal views and a dog-friendly pub to refuel in after.

Why your dog will love this: Your pup can make friends with the birds that live near the Newton Pool Nature Reserve – but keep him on a lead in case he gets too close.

Terrain: Pavement, track and grass paths with one steep hill and a few steps.

Difficulty: 🐕

Distance: 1 mile

Ideal for: Bird lovers and those with kids in tow, as this walk isn’t too taxing for little legs.

In addition: Parking and a pub in Low Newton-by-the-Sea.

Stay nearby: Rafters, Beadnell – sleeps 2 dogs and 6 humans

2. Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle
Dunstanburgh Castle credit: Instagram @albus_thedumbledog


Blow away the cobwebs with a blustery coastal walk from the popular seaside town of Craster to the majestic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. It takes you through open farm land so plenty of off-lead opportunities, plus you can refuel with a pint and bowl of water back in Craster. 

Why your dog will love this: If your dog fancies himself as Scooby Doo, this is a great walk for you both as it ends up at the supposedly haunted Dunstanburgh Castle – jeepers!

Terrain: Grass and sand with a few hills.

Difficulty: 🐕

Distance: 5 miles

Ideal for: With a fresh sea breeze and breathtaking coastal views, this is a great romantic walk – with your pup playing third wheel.

In addition: Park in Craster, where there’s also a few cafes and restaurants.

Stay nearby: Newton Halt South, Embleton – sleeps 2 dogs and 5 humans

3. Reaveley Farm circular route

Reaveley Farm
Reaveley Farm walk credit: Instagram @rebeccajeanstorey


This is an easy walk for all ages around a picturesque village in the Northumberland National Park and goes across the River Breamish.

Why your dog will love this: As well as enjoying the waterside scents and having the chance to chase squirrels, your pup will relish being in the company of those he loves the most – his family!

Terrain: Flat, quiet roads.

Difficulty: 🐕

Distance: 2.7 miles

Ideal for: Families with young kids as this route is suitable for pushchairs.

In addition: There’s a café and a car park in Ingram.

Stay nearby: Riverside Cottage, Eglingham – sleeps 4 dogs and 10 humans

4. Shepherds Cairn Walk

Shepherds Cairn
Shepherds Cairn walk credit: Instagram @deepinderlamba


If you fancy a countryside mooch with your pooch, this one’s for you. It reaches an elevation of nearly 1,000ft and takes in the Shepherds Cairn, a memorial to two shepherds who died in 1962.

Why your dog will love this: With so many landscapes to explore, including woodland, grass and water, this is doggie heaven – and your pup will be dog-tired when you’re finished!

Terrain: Mostly track and grass with a few hills.

Difficulty: 🐕🐕🐕

Distance: 6 miles

Ideal for: Those with energy to burn – whether that’s you or the pup!

In addition: Park in the church in Alnham. Food is available in Alwinton and Powburn.

Stay nearby: Bridge End Cottage, Northumberland National Park – sleeps 1 dog and 5 humans

5. Armstrong Walk – Cragside

Cragside credit: Instagram @fjordsar


Set within the grounds of Cragside – a beautiful Victorian house – this route is great for seeing the sights with your beloved four-legged hound by your side.

Why your dog will love this: With water to splash in, trees to sniff and plenty of fresh air, this walk will certainly set tails wagging. It's short distance makes it great for little legs and smaller paws too.

Terrain: Waterside track over gravel and boardwalk with a few steps.

Difficulty: 🐕🐕

Distance: 2 miles

Ideal for: Nature lovers – this route is great for taking in Northumberland’s flora and fauna.

In addition: Parking and café at the main house; toilets at the visitor’s centre.

Stay nearby: Sunningdale Cottage, Rothbury – sleeps 2 dogs and 4 humans

6. Sycamore Gap walk

Sycamore Gap
Sycamore Gap credit: Instagram @kobethe_k9


Why your dog will love this: Here’s some doggy logic for you: this walk has a famous tree in it, squirrels live in trees, dogs love chasing squirrels… need we say more?

Terrain: Clear paths but some steep hills near the Roman wall path.

Difficulty: 🐕🐕

Distance: 5.2 miles

Ideal for: Photographers – the tree at Sycamore Gap is the most photographed in the whole of the Northumberland National Park.

In addition: Parking available; toilets and refreshments at the Housesteads visitor centre and museum.

Stay nearby: Gatehouse Cottage, Hexham – sleeps 1 dog and 2 humans

7. Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Allen Banks
Allen Banks and Staward Gorge credit: Instagram @north_east_spaniel_group


Nope, Allen Banks isn’t someone’s name but a spectacular gorge and woodland; this walk takes you through the trees towards the water at Moralee Tarn.

Why your dog will love this: Your hound can nose around the woodland, chase birds, squirrel and sticks, and generally run wild – what’s better?

Terrain: Mostly footpath with a few small climbs.

Difficulty: 🐕🐕

Distance: 2.5 miles

Ideal for: Wildlife spotting – this ancient woodland has been around since medieval times and boasts a diversity of nature.

In addition: Car park at Allen Banks plus toilets and a picnic area.

Stay nearby: Burnside By Brampton, Tindale – sleeps 2 dogs and 4 humans

With so many walks to explore, it’s time to lace up your boots, pack the lead and head to Northumberland.

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In our ultimate guide to dog-friendly Northumberland, including pubs, beaches and dog-friendly accommodation, you'll find even more great information about how to spend a pet-friendly holiday here with your dog.


If you've already decided to embark on some of these wonderful walks, let us lead the way with finding you a place to stay. Check out our full collection of dog-friendly cottages in Northumberland.


We can also lead the way on where to take your dog anywhere in the UK - why not sniff out these top dog walks across the UK?

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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