• Kelly

11 of our favourite Winter walks to try with kids plus a few easy walks with paths.

We are a very outdoorsy family and love a good walk, especially through a woods or forest.

Winter tends to see people hibernating indoors more but there are so many fantastic places to head to even in Winter. These are just a few of our favourite places to head out too.

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Cragside National Trust - We love Cragside, it is so pretty. We like to take a walk around the lake during the colder months, the view is just breathtaking. Check there opening times as they are just all over the place at the minute and you need to pre book.

Chopwell Woods - Chopwell has been a favourite of ours for many many years and we usually take a long walk here. Plenty of free parking however no facilities.

RSPB Saltholme - They have some great routes to take around the reserve, they also have am Alice in wonderland setup here and Elliot loves it.

Roker Park - Roker Park used to be a very popular park to visit this time of the year, when they had the Illuminations here, now that has moved elsewhere. However the park is lovely and definitely worth a walk. Check out the lake.

Walking with the Snowman - You will need an app for this one but it's a lovely walk around North Tyneside with the family. We are doing this next week so check out our blog post.

Hamsterley Forest - Elliot loves it here, he is a huge Gruffalo fan and loves the trail. We haven't been since June so I think we need to head back for a lovely winter walk.

Cox Green - Local to us, Cox Green is just a lovely walk no matter what time of the year. You can also walk to Penshaw monument from here too.

Herrington Park - I repeat this every time I recommend Herrington Park, walk further than the big lake. You can explore the woods, and there is more lakes further out. You can even park on the opposite side of the park but so many people don't realise this and end up missing out on some of the best parts of Herrington park. We used to live close by so know the park like the back of our hands.

Castle Eden Dene - I wasn't sure about adding this one at first because it can become steep in places which in turn would make it difficult if it was icy, however it is a beautiful place to take a walk and I just wouldn't miss it from the list. Wear sturdy good grip walking shoes if you go here.

Kielder forest - So many parts to Kielder to choose from, play in the maze, walk around the reservoir, take a short walk through the woods. You are spoilt for choice.

Silksworth Lakes - We love to head up here with the dogs, it is only 10 minutes from the house and is a great walk to burn some energy. Few lakes to feed the swans and sometimes a herron, you can walk round in a big loop which will take you past a fantastic play area and the Ski Slope. (Sometimes you are allowed in the Ski Slope to use the toilet other times you either have to hold it or head to Sainsburys)

If you are looking for a nice easy flat walk I would suggest places like

Stewart Park - Middlesbrough, very large park, great for a wander and letting the kids run wild.

The Sunderland Sculpture Trail - If you do this on an evening you could combine it with a walk along Roker/Seaburn and enjoy the illuminations.

Simonside Woods - You can stick to the path in this woodland but the last time we visited it was closed.

Barnes Park Sunderland - This is our local park and it has pathways all around the park, it also has a play area for younger and older children and a toilet block that has sporadic opening times so it's a case of if you're lucky they will be open. Also has a cafe which hasn't been open since March unfortunately.

Druridge bay Country Park - We used to visit here a lot, you can go on various walks including to the beach or around the lake. Unfortunately the last time we were here there must have been thousands of people here this was around August time.

Mowbray Park Sunderland - Lovely little park in the city centre with a play park, hills to run up and down, a strange little door on the cliff face that no one actually knows what it is for. I think this park is so underrated and we have been in parks that are a lot worse than Mowbray. You can also visit the fabulous Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens which is joined to the park.

Check out these posts:

Doxford Park Walk

Our Favorite Autumn walks

13 places to go for a walk in Sunderland

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Preston tower and woodland walk