Beautiful countryside walks in Gateshead – stay local and explore the outdoors away from the crowds.
With the relaxing of Covid-19 lockdown measures, it may be very tempting to head for major beauty spots far and wide for exercise, sunbathing and picnicking in line with the latest Government guidelines. However, there are plenty of hidden gems across Gateshead which are likely to be less populated and offer some beautiful scenic walks.
Regular walks have been a must for our family during lockdown with having two little ones constantly full of energy! We’ve been lucky to discover some lovely walks right from our doorstep that we’ve never taken advantage of before. Even a 5 minute car journey has given us a whole new world of places to explore, and can make it feel like you’re miles away from everything.
Did you know, Gateshead has over 20 designated countryside sites with some beautiful meadows and woodlands. Gibside, Chopwell Woods, Thornley Woods, Watergate Park and Derwenthaugh Park may be the first that come to mind (you can find more info on these and many more popular spots in Parks & The Outdoors). However, there are plenty of lovely walks that are less well known, and may well become a new family favourite. There’s a quick summary below to help you find your nearest sites, just click the links to find out more details for each one from Gateshead Council. If you want a few extra options nearby, there are also plenty of quiet nature reserves and railway paths in Durham.
Please bear in mind that wherever you’re heading, amenities at many sites – such as toilets, cafés, shops and play areas, – may remain closed, and services such as bin collections might not be operational so you may have to take rubbish home with you.
Please stay safe and adhere to social distancing when out and about. If you find that a car park is busy or full, consider moving on to an alternative site instead. The Government has advised that those who are high risk (including those 70 and over), should continue shielding until at least the end of June. And of course you should stay home if you are showing coronavirus symptoms or if anyone in your household is self-isolating. Check here for the latest advice and guidance.