Discover the Best Woodland Walks Near Newcastle: Top 10 List

Discover the Best Woodland Walks Near Newcastle: Top 10 List

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    The table above lists all the best woodland walks near Newcastle. Click on each name to be taken straight to the part of the blog post for that walk.

    If you're looking for a great way to explore the woodland around Newcastle, then you'll want to check out these top 10 hikes. You can explore the miles of forest round Chopwell Wood, go for a bike ride on the paths around Slaley Forest, or watch the wildlife at Hamsterley Forest. These trails will take you through some of the most beautiful forest landscapes in the area, and they're perfect for nature lovers of all ages. So pack your walking boots and get ready to explore!

    The top 10 hikes near Newcastle for nature lovers

    In this blog post, we will be listing the many forest walks nearby Newcastle.

    There's nothing better than a lovely walk to sample somewhere new. Have a look below at the forest walks available on the interactive map and click on the buttons below the map for each walk, to be taken to the Forestry England pages for further information on the forest trails.

    Chopwell Wood

    Chopwell Wood is a place where you can be sure of finding something new every time! There are miles and miles worth exploring, making it the perfect destination for those who love getting out into nature.

    Slaley Forest

    Slaley Forest is a great place to go for an enjoyable walk or bike ride. The forest has access roads that will take you through its vastness, so no matter what time of year it may be there's always something new waiting around every corner!

    Hamsterley Forest

    County Durham's largest forest is waiting for you to explore its beauty! If adventure play or wildlife watching are more your thing, there’s plenty here too. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life on one peaceful trail after another as Hamsterley Forest has everything that you need to enjoy the outdoors.


    Fourlaws is a gem in the Ridsdale community. It's located to the east of Kielder Forest, and has some great walking opportunities with unique views over Chesterhope Common at its centre- which makes for perfect photos when you're done exploring!

    Swarland Wood

    Discover the natural beauty of Swarland's open forest roads and paths. Once part of an ancient manor, this wood is now popular with local residents for its tranquility as well as access to some great walking terrain just a short drive from Newcastle.

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    From the top of Simonside, you can see for miles in every direction. You are surrounded by nature and have an unparalleled view that is hard to find anywhere else! You can see for miles in every direction, including across rough terrain and through deep forests as the Northumbrian coastline. Two walking trails available with horse riders and mountain bikers welcome.

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    Visitors with an interest in nature will be captivated by Harwood Forest's serenity and abundance of wildlife. The forest offers access to both popular open paths as well private trails that wind through its tall conifers, providing visitors the opportunity for some secluded wandering or red squirrel watching!

    Forests of Rothbury

    The Forests of Rothbury aren't short on stunning views of some of the most iconic Northumberland landscapes. With six main sites to choose from there's always something new waiting for you out here! The sites provide beautiful forested walks but also wild moorland and spectacular crag top views along this part of Northern England.

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    Thrunton Wood

    Thrunton Wood is the perfect destination for nature lovers who want to enjoy breathtaking views, lush forests, and rough terrain. This Northumberland forest boasts two lofty crags that provide scenic outlooks over rugged land below!

    Holystone Wood

    The tranquility of Holystone Wood can be felt in its unspoiled beauty. The waterfalls, crags, and aged broadleaved woodlands make it a delight to walk through at any time throughout the year!

    Please note...

    All outdoor activities including forest walks involve a degree of risk. The walks are recommended due to the well known features of each forest but this may change over time and further research is required before undertaking any activity. The weather can also impact the surface and general conditions of each path so please keep yourself updated with the weather forecast before setting off to enjoy your walk!


    In this blog post, we have shared some of the woodland walks near Newcastle. To find out more about things to do in the area, click on the links below:


    Newcastle Blogs


    Free Things to do in Newcastle


    Cycling Routes around Newcastle


    Local Delicacies from Newcastle

    I hope this article has been useful in highlighting the best woodland walks near Newcastle giving an insight into some of the amazing trails in this area. If so please share with your friends on social media.

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