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v  Would you like to see more of the magnificent and varied countryside of Northumbria?

v   Do you need an antidote to a stressful lifestyle?

v   Do you wish to remain or get fit?

     Then we can help you...

The Northumbria Group of the Long Distance Walkers Association caters for many kinds of walking, from an organised challenge event to informal strolls. The only criterion is that all walks should be enjoyable, provide friendship, exercise and stimulation for the body and mind.

We are an informal, friendly, diverse group of friends who enjoy walking the spectacular countryside that Northumbria provides.  We are extremely lucky to be based in such a beautiful part of the country; stretching from the North Pennines in the west to the magnificent north east coastline and from the Cleveland Hills in the south to the Scottish Borders, passing through the majestic Cheviot Hills in the north.

We aim to organise about two walks a month ranging from 15 to 25 miles in length, over the moorland, rural or coastal areas. To newcomers, the mileage may appear daunting, however the walks are well within the capabilities of most walkers, especially with the encouragement given by our experienced walk leaders and the good company of the group members.

Each walk in our programme has a leader, who selects and plans the route, and the walks are undertaken at a reasonable and sociable pace to accommodate people of varying abilities; as guidance we walk at approximately 2.5 miles per hour. Nobody is ever left behind.

We prefer you to be a member of the Long Distance Walkers Association; however we do encourage you to join us for a couple of walks first to see what you think of us. Check out our walks programme to see what is planned for the months ahead, see if there is one to suit you and come along and join in. We strive to make all visitors and newcomers welcome to the group. Have a look at our latest news section to see what we have been up to recently.

Like many of the 43 local groups within the LDWA, we organise an annual event; the Durham Dales Challenge offers two routes of 16 and 30 miles, to be completed in twelve hours. There are no prizes or trophies; it is purely a personal challenge with a badge and certificate to prove that you are someone special and a bit more determined than others.

If you are interested in joining our group or should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Bill Milbourne 


You can find the results of the 2015 Durham Dales Challenge here



Embleton Bay, Northumberland Coast Long Cragg, Thrunton Steel Rigg, Hadrians Wall The Henhole, Cheviot