7 ways to explore the outdoors in North East England

North East England is bursting with opportunity for outdoor adventure. A place of vibrant city, stunning coastline and breath-taking countryside, there is so much to uncover round every corner. The dramatic landscapes of the North East will inspire your inner explorer. Here are some of the best ways to embrace the wilderness and explore the outdoors in North East England.


1. Kayak beneath the Tyne Bridge

Feel connected to the very heart of NewcastleGateshead by venturing onto the River Tyne and paddling your way through the bustling Quayside. You're in safe hands with local, award-winning organisation CBK Adventure Co who will take you on a guided tour with a difference. This summer, paddle down the River Tyne in a kayak whilst you learn about the seven bridges that cross the river at the Quayside and absorb the vibrancy of bars, attractions and restaurants on both banks. The Tyne Bridge and Quayside Kayak Tour is available to book on a range of dates between May and August.

2. Feel the power of High Force Waterfall

High Force in Durham is one of the most breath-taking and spectacular waterfalls in England and has been plunging into the gorge below for thousands of years.

Surrounded by a stunning landscape of wide-open moors, meadows bursting with flowers and mystical woodland, the powerful cascade is 21 metres high, making it a memorable and must-see landmark.

3. Visit the hidden gem of The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne has intrigued travellers for centuries with its curious location and interesting past. Lindisfarne is a tidal island accessed via a 3-mile causeway which is only accessible at low tide. Cut off from the rest of the world for hours at a time and with a tiny population of just over 100 people, this island is shrouded in mystery and enticement, with Lindisfarne Castle proudly sitting atop the dramatic landscape.

Visit the castle to learn about its long and exciting heritage and take in dramatic views from its hilltop position, which have inspired scientists, historians, film makers and artists for centuries.

4. Immerse yourself in the history of Hadrian’s Wall

Explore the northern frontier of the mighty Roman Empire which shaped the world as we know it. Hadrian’s Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and spans East to West of northern England.

For about three centuries, Hadrian’s Wall was a vibrant, multi-cultured frontier spreading almost 80 miles coast-to-coast. Built by a force of 15,000 men in under six years, the remains of the wall are testament to the rich history of North East England and the magnificent engineering of the Romans.

Hadrian’s Wall has something for everyone with world-class archaeology, spectacular landscapes and rare wildlife. Visit the various sites of Hadrian’s Wall such as Segedunum, Arbeia and Vindolanda and discover Roman bath houses, turrets, shrines, galleries and museums that tell the tales of the fallen empire.

5. Get closer to nature at WWT Washington Wetland Centre

Explore a diverse mix of wetland, woodland, wildflower meadows and nature reserve home to a variety of animals exotic birds including Chilean flamingos, Asian short-clawed otters and woodland birds.

Get up close and personal with animals and hand-feed the rarest goose in the world or watch the once-extinct Eurasian cranes as they parade across the stream area.

WWT Washington Wetland Centre is the perfect place for exploring nature, beautiful views and unforgettable wildlife encounters.

6. Dive into the wonders of the North East coastline

See the stunning coastline of the North East from a different angle. Try out stand up paddleboarding, explore local landmarks by kayak and navigate your way around the sea shore with a coasteering experience.

Get ready to take to seas for an adventure, all under the expert guidance of award-winning outdoor activities company CBK Adventures.



7. Observe the dark skies of Northumberland

On a clear night, you can see thousands of stars, the Milky Way and even the Andromeda Galaxy with the naked eye. Experience the wonder of the night skies at Kielder Observatory.

Every night, there is something special to experience. Go on a journey to the far reaches of the Universe, all from the depths of Northumberland under the finest dark skies in England.