Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

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Do you want to walk off all your Christmas indulgence on Boxing Day? Or are you looking for a perfect New Year's Day stroll? Green spaces help you to relax and de-stress, and can improve your health and well-being, says government agency Natural England.

The National Trust looks after some of the most stunning green spaces in the North East, so where better to wrap up warm and enjoy a beautiful winter's day? Explore a winter wonderland by taking a stroll at any of the following properties:

Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island

A visit to Lindisfarne over Christmas gives you a chance to get the children exploring with a family trail, see how the National Trust conserves historic items whilst the house is wrapped up for winter, as well as being an ideal location to walk off those winter blues.

The castle grounds give beautiful views over the crystal clear waters of the North Sea and down the Northumberland Coast.

Lindisfarne's Christmas opening is from December 26 to 29. Opening times vary depending on the tide.

Cragside Estate, Rothbury

The revolutionary home of Lord Armstrong, inventor and landscape genius, Cragside was designed to replicate the rhododendron forests of the Himalayas. There are over 40 miles of footpath to explore from gentle walks through the garden to hikes through the woods. The estate offers some breathtaking views and secret hideaways.

Look out for red squirrels, deer and owls. Cragside Gardens and Estate are open until December 17, Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm, last admission 3pm.

Wallington, Cambo

Take a stroll through the West Woods past the Boat House Pond and stop off at the peaceful Wildlife Hide.

In winter months look out for red squirrels and a variety of birds including Brambling, Redwings and flocks of Crossbills. If you wander into the East Woods you will pass the China Pond and the Garden Pond with more ducks and diving birds, before you arrive at the beautiful Walled Garden with Edwardian Conservatory. …

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