Northumbria Walking Group

Our group is primarily a young peoples walking group. Most members are in their 20’s or 30’s but we do have older members too.

Walks are mainly lead at the weekends and most years we get out to Hadrian’s Wall, the Cheviots, the Northumberland coast, North Yorkshire and the Tyne valley. Walks range from short 5-8 mile easy rambles to longer 11-16 mile full-day hill walks.

There are regular weekends away further a field to places such as the Lake District, Loch Lomond, the Yorkshire Dales and Snowdonia. Occasionally we go overseas.

Members are based in Newcastle and the surrounding areas such as Durham, Sunderland and Northumberland. Social events include regular pub nights and meals out.

Our calendar of events is run from our private Facebook group but a summary is available on our public Facebook page.

The Northumbria Walking Group is part of the Ramblers. Find out more about joining or coming on trial walks with us.

Members and walkers are reminded that they attend walks with this group at their own risk and they are responsible for their own personal safety.

Latest News

  • COVID19 – Ramblers 12th May 2020 Update

    All Ramblers group walks and activities remain suspended until further notice.

    Our guidance in light of the latest government advice

    It is clear that Coronavirus has not gone away, and we need to continue to help control the virus to save lives. Although there are some changes to government guidance, the lockdown is still in force across the UK and the advice continues to be to stay at home as much as possible. If you or anyone in your household has Coronavirus symptoms, you should continue to self-isolate. If you are clinically vulnerable (i.e. over 70 or with a listed underlying health condition) you are advised to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household.

    There are however some differences in government advice, depending on whether you live in England, Wales or Scotland, outlined below. 

    England

    In England, from Wednesday 13 May:

    • You can exercise outdoors as often as you like alone, with members of your household.
    • You can also exercise with one other person from outside your household, while keeping two metres apart.
    • You may drive to outdoor open spaces, irrespective of distance, but should follow social distancing guidance whilst you are there.  

    In addition, the Ramblers urges all walkers in England to:

    • Be sensitive to rural communities if considering travelling further from home to walk. 
    • Avoid activities that may result in injury or require emergency services support, especially in remote locations. 
    • Be aware that popular locations like National Parks or the coast may be very busy, making social distancing difficult. 
    • Plan ahead, as some sites and facilities may be closed or have restrictions. 

    In many cases, the best option will be to stay local and explore the local area on foot.

    Wales

    In Wales, the guidance is: 

    • You can exercise outdoors as often as you like, as long you observe physical distancing rules and are alone or with members of your household. 
    • You must continue to stay local and any exercise should start and end at home and not involve going a significant distance from home. 
    • Many locations remain closed to visitors, including a number of popular beauty spots and visitor sites throughout Wales. 

    Scotland

    In Scotland, the guidance is: 

    • You can exercise outdoors as often as you like, as long you observe physical distancing rules and are alone or with members of your household.
    • You should stay local and not drive to beauty spots, parks or beaches.
    • You should avoid high risk exercise that may result in injury and require medical care or emergency services support.
    • However, if you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the home to maintain your health – including if that involves travel beyond your local area – then you can do so. 

    Walk responsibly

    Wherever you live, we urge all walkers to respect the interests of all people who use the outdoors, avoid crowded areas, practice social distancing and wash your hands regularly.

    Be considerate to others and make sure you follow the Countryside Code (England and Wales) and Scottish Outdoor Access Code. You should:

    • leave gates as you find them
    • keep dogs under close control
    • follow advice on local signs
    • take litter home.

    Where possible, you should also:

    • avoid touching gates and railings with your hands
    • consider using alternative routes that do not pass through gardens, farmyards or schools, where social distancing may be difficult
    • consider avoiding popular locations and times of day if you can

    Know where you can walk

    Guidance is changing regularly and the rules for accessing the outdoors differ in England, Wales and Scotland. For an overview of the situation in each nation, including any restrictions on public access, click here.If you are concerned that a path has been blocked illegally or restrictions have been put in place unlawfully, please report this to your local authority. 

    We urge all walkers to stay local, to follow social distancing guidance and to walk safely, responsibly and considerately.