A red sandstone statue of William Wallace overlooking the River Tweed Valley near Melrose.

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Unique And Hidden Places To Visit In Northumberland And The North

Search for amazing places to visit in the North and you will be inundated with pictures of spectacular castles, beautiful waterfalls, majestic bridges or rolling hills to name a few. But what if you wanted to find something a bit more unusual that is tucked away or if you want to know what other hidden treasures can be found nearby.

How would you find exactly where they are and also where to park? The Fabulous North team is here to help. Find our most popular places in the North chosen by category, region or even by the most views and social media likes!

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Ever Changing
Ever Changing
Art Newcastle City Centre Tyne And Wear

An abstract sculpture by Eilis O'Connell of a conical, polished stainless-steel sculpture.

Lemington Glass Works Cone
Lemington Glass Works Cone
Building Newburn Tyne And Wear

The last remaining cone from the Lemington Glass Works Cone.

Durham Riverwalk Selfie Wall
Durham Riverwalk Selfie Wall
Art Durham County Durham

Artwork on a call of angel wings, balloons and an umbrella, set up ready for a selfie.

Ridley Park
Ridley Park
Landscape Blyth Northumberland

A public Park in Blyth opened in 1904.

The Man with the Donkey
The Man with the Donkey
Statue South Shields Tyne And Wear

A statue to John Simpson Kirkpatrick and his unlikely companion.

Charm Bracelet
Charm Bracelet
Art Saltburn North Yorkshire

Steel artwork by Richard Farrington on the Cleveland Way walking trail.

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Wharnley Burn Waterfall
Wharnley Burn Waterfall
Waterfall Consett County Durham

A beautiful little waterfall located in Allensford near Consett.

Hen Hole
Hen Hole
Waterfall The Cheviots Northumberland

The most spectacular gorge with cascades and waterfalls in the whole of Northumberland if not the UK!

Crammel Linn Waterfall
Crammel Linn Waterfall
Waterfall Gilsland Northumberland

A lovely little double waterfall near Gilsland.

Hartburn Grotto
Hartburn Grotto
Cave Morpeth Northumberland

A natural cave modified into a place for swimmers to get changed in the 18th century.

Giant Spoon Cramlington
Giant Spoon Cramlington
Art Cramlington Northumberland

A giant 15 foot spoon in between two fields near Cramlington and Seghill as part of a National Lottery funded art trail.

Amble Art Trail Bord Waalk
Amble Art Trail Bord Waalk
Art Amble Northumberland

A trail of 12 bird related art exhibits dotted around the town of Amble. Find their exact whereabouts with our handy map and exact locations.

How Fabulous Is The North?

In a nutshell - Fabulous! With so many spectacular castles, lakes, beaches, churches and rolling hills, the North is rich in beauty and history. But what about all the little hidden gems that are tucked away that only a few know about? A little stone marker celebrating Queen Victoria's Jubilee tucked up on a crag or a huge crane bucket resting in the middle of a remote field?

We're not just here to show you where the main landmarks are, we also want to help you find all the little nuggets in this amazing region. If you know what you want to see then browse by category and see all that is available. Or you can find places by region if you want to see what is nearby. Not sure what you want to see? Then sit back and let us inspire you.

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Find a fabulous walk for your next adventure where you will encounter lots of the amazing places we have found.

Blast Beach To Easington Pit Cage
Blast Beach To Easington Pit Cage
9km (6 miles) Seaham County Durham

This zig-zag walk takes you from Blast Beach at Noses Point Seaham to Easington Pit Cage, then back over Beacon Hill and through Hawthorn Dene. It goes down and up beaches, a viaduct, and a trig point.

Allensford Park
Allensford Park
6km (4 miles) Consett County Durham

Circular route starting from Allensford Park, walking along the River Derwent and through The Heaps Country Park, before heading through Balehill Wood.

Cunyan Crags, Langleeford Crags, Hedgehope And Great Standrop
Cunyan Crags, Langleeford Crags, Hedgehope And Great Standrop
24km (15 miles) Ingram Valley Northumberland

A hike from Ingram Valley up to Cunyan Crags and then round the back of Hedgehope Hill to the Langleeford crags, before scaling the hill and then on to the Great Standrop.

Walla Crag
Walla Crag
9km (6 miles) Keswick Cumbria

A nice gentle wander up to Walla Crag in Keswick with spectacular views over Derwent Water.

Wallington House And Gardens
Wallington House And Gardens
7km (4 miles) Morpeth Northumberland

A short circular walk around Wallington Hall and the gardens.

Walltown Quarry To Thirlwall Castle
Walltown Quarry To Thirlwall Castle
5km (3 miles) Brampton Cumbria

A picturesque circular route from Walltown Quarry Country Park, through stunning countryside to Thirlwall Castle and back.

Auchope Cairn And Cheviot Summit From Mounthooly
Auchope Cairn And Cheviot Summit From Mounthooly
15km (9 miles) The Cheviots Northumberland

Starting at Mounthooly, this walk takes us up onto the border ridge, along the top of the Hen Hole before hitting the Cheviot Summit.

Windy Gyle And The Cheviot From Cocklawfoot
Windy Gyle And The Cheviot From Cocklawfoot
23km (14 miles) The Cheviots Northumberland

A walk up to Windy Gyle, The Cheviot and Auchope Cairn from Cocklawfoot Farm.

Durham Riverside
Durham Riverside
6km (4 miles) Durham County Durham

A walk following both sides of the River Wear in Durham finding lots of gems including the Durham Cow and the Count's House.

Shaftoe Crags
Shaftoe Crags
8km (5 miles) Bolam Northumberland

A short wander around the spectacular Shaftoe Crags finding a Jubilee Stone, a standing stone and bagging a trig point.

Meggie's Burn And Blyth Coast
Meggie's Burn And Blyth Coast
6km (4 miles) Blyth Northumberland

A wander to Meggie's Burn in Blyth and then back along the coast and via the promenade.

Shepherd's Cairn Via Hartside Hill And Brough Law
Shepherd's Cairn Via Hartside Hill And Brough Law
25km (16 miles) Ingram Valley Northumberland

Finding the Shepherd's Cairn near Alnham by starting at Ingram and wandering over Hartside Hill, down towards Alnham and then back via Brough Law.

Cullercoats To North Shields
Cullercoats To North Shields
8km (5 miles) Cullercoats Tyne And Wear

A wander from Cullercoats to Tynemouth and North Shields and then back via the coastal route.

Yearning Law, Border Ridge To Windy Gyle
Yearning Law, Border Ridge To Windy Gyle
27km (17 miles) The Cheviots Northumberland

A wander up Yearning Law to find Yearning Hall, then along the border ridge to Windy Gyle, then back down via Ward Law.

4 Hillocks And A Ridge Walk Outside Durham
4 Hillocks And A Ridge Walk Outside Durham
7km (4 miles) Durham County Durham

A 7km easy walk covering Shincliffe Pinnock Hill, High Woods, Mountjoy, Maiden Castle, and Whinney Hill on the outskirts of Durham.

The Leas
The Leas
7km (4 miles) South Shields Tyne And Wear

A 4km stretch of limestone cliffs, grassland and rocky bays. You can visit Marsden Rock, Souter Lighthouse and Whitburn Point Local Nature Reserve on this wander.

Beadnell Bay To Low Newton
Beadnell Bay To Low Newton
13km (8 miles) Beadnell Northumberland

A circular walk from Beadnell to Low Newton and back. Fairly easy terrain with well marked paths. Perfect for those who enjoy birdwatching.

Old Durham and 6 Bridges
Old Durham and 6 Bridges
5km (3 miles) Durham County Durham

A walk along The River Wear and into Old Durham Gardens crossing over 6 bridges.

Stonehaugh Circular
Stonehaugh Circular
7km (4 miles) Stonehaugh Northumberland

Circular walk starting from Stonehaugh, passing by The Long Drop and ending with a wander through Wark Forest.

Helm Crag
Helm Crag
10km (6 miles) Grasmere Cumbria

A short and sweet walk up the stunning Helm Crag in Grasmere, Lake District.

Seaton Carew
Seaton Carew
7km (4 miles) Hartlepool County Durham

A wander around the seaside resort of Seaton Carew in the Borough of Hartlepool.

Cold Law, Great Moor, Coldburn Hill And Views Over Bizzle Crags
Cold Law, Great Moor, Coldburn Hill And Views Over Bizzle Crags
21km (13 miles) The Cheviots Northumberland

A wander in The Cheviots taking in Cold Law, a few crags then over to Coldburn Hill to get some mega views over Bizzle Crags.

Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis
16km (10 miles) Fort William Scotland

A brutal climb up Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the UK.

Darden Lough
Darden Lough
7km (4 miles) Elsdon Northumberland

A wander across the moors in Hepple to Darden Lough and the Darden Pike trig point.

Brough Law And Ingram Hillforts
Brough Law And Ingram Hillforts
14km (9 miles) Ingram Valley Northumberland

A wander around the hillforts in Ingram Valley including Brough Law.

Urban Artworks In Scarborough
Urban Artworks In Scarborough
6km (4 miles) Scarborough North Yorkshire

An urban walk with steel artwork, stone steps, a castle, a church a lighthouse and sea views.

Northumberland Coastal Challenge Walk
Northumberland Coastal Challenge Walk
42km (26 miles) Bamburgh Northumberland

A 42km (26 mile) marathon walk starting at Budle Bay and ending in Alnmouth, ran by Shepherds Walks.

Frosterley Circular
Frosterley Circular
8km (5 miles) Frosterley County Durham

Beautiful walk through the Weardale countryside, passing Bishopley Lime Kilns, the remains of Harehope Gill Lead Mine and some examples of Frosterley marble.

Yeavering Bell And Newton Tors
Yeavering Bell And Newton Tors
26km (16 miles) The Cheviots Northumberland

A wander up in the north Cheviots to Newton Tors, Yeavering Bell and Humbleton Hill including a wonderful encounter with the legendary wild goats of The Cheviots!

Corbridge to Aydon Castle
Corbridge to Aydon Castle
10km (6 miles) Corbridge Northumberland

Wander from Corbridge village to Aydon Castle via lime kilns and stunning countryside.

Dukesfield Arches and Devil's Water
Dukesfield Arches and Devil's Water
6km (4 miles) Hexham Northumberland

Lovely wander round the Northumberland countryside, with nods to its industrial past.

Crags Around Hedgehope Hill And Langleeford
Crags Around Hedgehope Hill And Langleeford
18km (11 miles) The Cheviots Northumberland

A wander to find all the crags near Langleeford including Housey Crags, Long Crags, Tathey Crags, Langlee Crags, Middleton Crags and Steel Crag.

Scale Force from Buttermere
Scale Force from Buttermere
7km (4 miles) Buttermere Cumbria

A walk to an impressive 51m waterfall on the south-western banks of Crummock Water.

Buttermere Loop
Buttermere Loop
7km (4 miles) Buttermere Cumbria

Fairly easy loop around Buttermere lake with stunning scenery all around the route.

Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag And Haystacks
Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag And Haystacks
23km (14 miles) Buttermere Cumbria

A 23km walk covering four Wainwright Fells, including Haystacks which was Wainwright's favourite.

Great Standrop, Cunyan Crags and Linhope Spout
Great Standrop, Cunyan Crags and Linhope Spout
18km (11 miles) Ingram Valley Northumberland

A wander up to the Great Standrop on Hedgehope Hill via Cunyan Crags and the smaller crags on Dunmoor Hill with a return visit to Linhope Spout.

Marsden Quarry Nature Reserve and Cleadon Hills
Marsden Quarry Nature Reserve and Cleadon Hills
5km (3 miles) South Shields Tyne And Wear

Stunning walk through Marsden Quarry up to Cleadon Hills via Cleadon Water Tower and Cleadon Mill. There's lots to see on this walk and plenty of interesting birds for any twitchers.

Tosson Hill
Tosson Hill
10km (6 miles) Rothbury Northumberland

A 10km wander up Tosson Hill to bag the trig point.

Bloodybush Edge, Hogdon Law And Weather Cairn
Bloodybush Edge, Hogdon Law And Weather Cairn
30km (19 miles) The Cheviots Northumberland

A 30km walk to bag some trig points and chunky hills including Bloodybush Edge, Cushat Law, Hogdon Law and Weather Cairn.

Yeavering Bell
Yeavering Bell
16km (10 miles) The Cheviots Northumberland

A circular walk starting at Wooler common taking you around Humbleton Hill and across to Yeavering Bell.

Whittle Dene Reservoir Circular
Whittle Dene Reservoir Circular
6km (4 miles) Ovingham Northumberland

A 6km walk around Whittle Dene Reservoirs with stunning views, lime kilns, a bird hide and a wander along the Hadrian's Wall Path.

Simonside and Fontburn Reservoir
Simonside and Fontburn Reservoir
15km (9 miles) Rothbury Northumberland

A 15km hike around the Simonside area visiting Fontburn Reservoir.

Alnwick Riverside And Railways
Alnwick Riverside And Railways
14km (9 miles) Alnwick Northumberland

A walk from Alnwick Castle following the river Aln and then back near the old railway.

Hawthorn Woods, Meadow, and Dene
Hawthorn Woods, Meadow, and Dene
4km (2 miles) Seaham County Durham

Delightful woods, meadows and coastal surprises with mini challenges. Situated near Seaham, County Durham.

Shill Moor And Little Dod
Shill Moor And Little Dod
14km (9 miles) Ingram Valley Northumberland

A wander up to Little Dod then up to the Shill Moor trig point before returning via the valley floor.

Hepburn Moor And Ros Castle
Hepburn Moor And Ros Castle
17km (11 miles) Chillingham Northumberland

A meander from Ros Castle down the west side of Hepburn Moor finding cairns, hillforts, pill boxes, crags and the Blawearie.

Warkworth To Alnmouth
Warkworth To Alnmouth
10km (6 miles) Warkworth Northumberland

A wander from Warkworth to Alnmouth up the coastal path and then a return via the beach visiting St Cuthbert's Cross and Mortuary Chapel on Church Hill.

Seaton Sluice And Holywell Dene
Seaton Sluice And Holywell Dene
9km (6 miles) Seaton Valley Northumberland

Circular walk starting from Seaton Sluice, following Holywell Dene to Holywell Pond then onto the waggonways, before returning via the Avenue.

Newburn To Wylam
Newburn To Wylam
11km (7 miles) Newburn Tyne And Wear

A walk along the River Tyne from Newburn to Wylam and then back on the other side.

Berwick Law
Berwick Law
1km (1 mile) East Lothian Borders

A short walk up to the top of Berwick Law in East Lothian.

Bewick Moor, Cateran Hole, Ros Castle And Blawearie
Bewick Moor, Cateran Hole, Ros Castle And Blawearie
20km (12 miles) Chillingham Northumberland

Starting from Eglingham, this route takes your over Bewick Moor to Cateran Hole, a trip up Ros Castle before a visit to the Hepburn Bastle. Then we're back on the moor to the Blawearie Shepherds Hut and some cairns.

Wannie Line
Wannie Line
12km (8 miles) Morpeth Northumberland

A wander on the route of the former Wansbeck or "Wannie Line" railway line that ran from Morpeth to Reedsmouth and Rothbury.

Clennell Street And Shillhope Law
Clennell Street And Shillhope Law
22km (14 miles) The Cheviots Northumberland

Heading up Clennel Street taking in Shillhope Law and bagging a trig point.

Windy Gyle
Windy Gyle
19km (12 miles) The Cheviots Northumberland

A loop taking in Windy Gyle, the border ridge and Murder Cleugh.

Dunmoor Hill And Cunyan Crags
Dunmoor Hill And Cunyan Crags
19km (12 miles) The Cheviots Northumberland

A lovely jaunt up Cunyan Crags then onto Dunmoor Hill in Ingram Valley including Reaveley Hill, a stone circle, Long Crag and Cat Crag.

Helvellyn Via Striding Edge
Helvellyn Via Striding Edge
16km (10 miles) Glenridding Cumbria

An autumnal ascent up Helvellyn via the precarious Striding Edge with Trekking Tom Experiences also taking in Red Tarn, Snake Path, Catstye Cam, Swirral Edge and Birkhouse Moor.

Cheviot and Hedgehope Hill
Cheviot and Hedgehope Hill
23km (14 miles) The Cheviots Northumberland

A wander in the Cheviots bagging seven hills over 500m including Cheviot Summit and Hedgehope Hill, Broadhope Hill, Preston Hill, Scald Hill, Cairn Hill and Comb Fell.

Upper Rothbury And Cartington Hill
Upper Rothbury And Cartington Hill
21km (13 miles) Rothbury Northumberland

A wander up on the crags above Rothbury, finding the Rothbury trenches then a trip up Cartington Hill and towards Cartington Castle.

Hen Hole And Cheviot Summit
Hen Hole And Cheviot Summit
23km (14 miles) The Cheviots Northumberland

An amazing walk sweeping around the back of The Cheviot before ascending up the spectacular Hen Hole and then back down via Scald Hill. Also traversing Cairn Hill, The Cheviot Summit and a visit to Auchope Cairn.

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Grey's Monument
Grey's Monument
Statue Newcastle City Centre Tyne And Wear

Monument dedicated to Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey built in 1838.

Swing Bridge
Swing Bridge
Bridge Newcastle City Centre Tyne And Wear

Rotating bridge designed by William Armstrong, which opened in 1876.

Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle
Castle Bamburgh Northumberland

The seat of the ancient kings of Northumbria and a mighty stronghold on the coast of Northumberland.

Beamish Museum
Beamish Museum
Estate Stanley County Durham

350 acre world famous open air museum set in rural County Durham.

Central Arcade
Central Arcade
Building Newcastle City Centre Tyne And Wear

An ornate, Edwardian Shopping Arcade, in the centre of Newcastle built in 1906. The arcade is set within Richard Grainger's Central Exchange Building.

Lindisfarne Priory
Lindisfarne Priory
Religious Place Holy Island Northumberland

A ruined Priory on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, widely considered to be the birthplace of Christianity in England.

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