11 places to enjoy a Spring walk
Updated: Mar 7
Spring is on it's way and there are some fantastic places to go for a walk across the North East & North Yorkshire.
We try to get out to as many places as we can in Spring after hibernating throughout Winter, so I am really looking forward to seeing all of the new flowers spring into action and hearing all of the birds chirp along as the days get longer and warmer.
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Backhouse Park - A local park for us, during spring there's an amazing crocus display and the park is now home to wild parakeets which make the birdsong even better. Circular walk with a few different routes to take but even the longest path will only take you about an hour if you take your time. Some picnic spots, play area and a football field. It is what I refer to as a wild park and is not as well kept as some but I love it. Free to enter, no toilets (closest is Asda Grangetown) No car park, but plenty of street parking available. Dogs welcome
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Gardens - We visited for the first time last year and it is just a wonderful place to spend the day looking around the ruins and exploring the gardens which have some impressive displays, especially throughout spring. Play area, large car park, café and toilets. English Heritage & National Trust members go free. Dogs welcome
Hawthorn Dene - I love going for a walk here, during spring the smell of wild garlic is just amazing. You can also see lots of other plants, trees and meadow taking form. Lots of wildlife too. You can get down to the beach here too. No facilities, sometimes a horsebox serving drinks. No car park you just have to hope you can get parked at the side of the path. Dogs welcome
Wallington Hall National Trust - Wallington is a great place to explore with the whole family but in spring its the crocus in the walled garden you need to see here. It is amazing. Play areas, café, various walking routes. Members are free. Dogs welcome. We are going to pop up and get some pictures soon. ( Credit - Wallington for the crocus pic)
Howick Hall - We love heading to Howick Hall in Northumberland. It is just a gorgeous place to go for a walk. They reopen for the seasons mid February and if you love snowdrops this is the place to be. Once the home of the Grey family you can be certain of a good cup of tea in the beautiful tea rooms. Also various walking routes and a sensory garden. Admission applies. No dogs allowed due to the rare plants
Tunstall Hill - Not somewhere you would think of first for a spring walk but the views here are amazing and it is actually a nature reserve. You can find some really pretty heathers here along with lots of other plants and wildlife. Carpark but no facilities. You can explore further if you want to from here too and walk from the hill to Ryhope which has a large play area on the playing fields. Closest toilets are again at Asda Grangetown.
Farndale North Yorkshire is one of the best places to see daffodils on the river walk. We have not been yet but we do have a trip planned soon so keep an eye out for the review.
Doxford Park - Now I have had people message me about Doxford park and tell me it's not a decent park but I beg to differ. I love Doxford park there are loads of different plants to enjoy, walled garden, ducks in the pond and a circular walk you can follow. There's no play area here it is more of a well kept large garden, which is what it once was. Toilets are in Morrisons which is a short walk away. You get all of the gorgeous spring flowers here. Daffodils, Snowdrops, wild garlic and Bluebells.
Warkworth Castle English Heritage - There's a lovely display of daffodils at Warkworth castle and sometimes they even give you a flower bomb to throw over in the hopes it will grow.
Mount Grace Priory - Not only can you wander around the grounds, there's a lovely little garden you can explore which is absolutely bursting with flowers and wildlife.
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