Wallington House And Gardens
7km Morpeth Northumberland

Wallington House And Gardens Walk

Morpeth, Northumberland

A short circular walk around Wallington Hall and the gardens.

Distance - 7km (4 miles)

Ascent - 80m

Duration - Approx 2 hours

Terrain - Proper paths all the way round. Couple of hills but nothing too taxing.

Parking - If you're a National Trust member you can park up at Wallington free of charge. View Parking Map

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Wallington Hall is one of the best National Trust properties in the region and as well as the hall, there are some beautiful grounds on the estate. The circular riverside route which I followed is well marked and there's plenty to see on the way round.

Before the start of the walk, I always like to have a quick peek in the visitor centre where there is a window to watch birds feeding. We've spotted Nuthatch, Chaffinch and Brambling here, as well as a Bank Vole who poked his nose out once.

So onwards to the walk. I started by walking under the clock tower and turned right. This takes you into the woodland, and as I picked a quiet Wednesday morning in March, there was no one else about. Perfect. There were loads of birds here again, Siskin, Nuthatch and plenty of others.

There are also a couple of ponds here with Moorhen, Little Grebes and Mallards and further into the woodland is a bird hide overlooking Middle Pond where you can sit and relax for a bit. You may also be lucky enough to see red squirrels in this area too.

The riverside walk is well marked from here and I followed the path downward heading towards the River Wansbeck, through more woodland. It was a little muddy, not too bad, but I would still recommend walking boots. This is another pretty area and you'll spot some artwork on your left hand side called Nothing Exists Alone by Instar.

The path continues over a little bridge and the ground is a bit up and down here. Keep walking and you'll start to get Paine's Bridge into view. This is a really pretty bridge and when you head over it, you'll get some lovely views of the river. Sadly for now, the stepping stones that took you over the river are no more, and there are some notices advising you of an alternative route over the bridge.

Carry along the road and you'll see a signpost on your left pointing towards the hall and gardens. Pass through the gate and head up through a small avenue of trees, and you'll see an ornate gate ahead. Head through this and you've reached the gardens.

They are a maze of beautiful flowers, plants and trees and you might spot crocuses and snowdrops here in the spring. There is also a large Edwardian conservatory which holds a variety of beautiful plants, though this was not open on my visit. There are also some water features towards the top of the garden and stunning views over the Northumberland countryside.

Head through another ornate gate and you'll see the Garden Pond with some more familiar wildlife. You'll wander through more woodland and will soon reach the road heading towards the car park. If you turn left, you'll spot the iconic dragon heads and the classic view of Wallington Hall.

Go back on yourself and head into the East Wood. The first thing you'll spot is the Elementree art sculpture by Tommy Craggs who has artwork all over the region. He created the fabulous sculpture trail at Thornley Woods which we have mentioned on the site before. There is another circular route around the woodland and you can do a bit more birdwatching here if you fancy.

On this particular wander I missed out the portico walk but you can always save this for another day. I didn't bring any fruity malt with me, so I headed to the café instead and can highly recommend the soup and scone combo.

This is a fairly easy wander which took me around 1.5 hours but it's a pretty one and I got my 10k steps for the day. The Wallington estate is much wider than the area I covered on this route at around 5,400 hectares, and places like Rothley Castle, Rothley Crags and Codger Fort are all on the estate if you fancied heading out into the wilds of Northumberland.

Where to Park For Wallington House And Gardens

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If you're a National Trust member you can park up at Wallington free of charge.

Contributed by Sandra Clemens

I love the great outdoors and have been a National Trust & English Heritage member for years. I also love going off the beaten track and finding places like Sharp's Folly or Rothley Castle which are hidden gems in Northumberland. My favourite recent hike was climbing Red Screes in the Lake District on a whim, not fully grasping how high 776m was. It was still an achievement to conquer a Wainwright walk and I hope to do more one day.

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