Route: Wallington

Area: Northumberland

Date of walk: 27th March 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.6 miles

Weather: Mostly overcast with some brighter spells

We last visited Wallington over 20 years ago and a return visit was long overdue. This vast 13,000 acre estate is owned by the National Trust and is full of interest

After walking round the wonderful walled garden, which is worth a visit in its own right, we set off along the River Walk, which is well waymarked throughout. After crossing the stepping stones over the River Wansbeck we followed the path along the riverbank and then entered woodland where there’s a wildlife hide. I spent some time there hoping for a sighting of a red squirrel but was out of luck today, though there were plenty of woodland birds visiting the well stocked feeders

After completing the walk, we visited the house, which is full of beautiful antiques, collections and curiosities

The River Walk is only 1.5 miles or so but we clocked up over 5 miles in our wanderings around this fascinating place. I’ve included the usual maps page, but this is a place full of distractions and it’s best to follow your whim and make your own way around

Click on the icon below for the route map (subscribers to OS Maps can view detailed maps of the route, visualise it in aerial 3D, and download the GPX file. Non-subscribers will see a base map)

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