Boxing Day Walks around the North

The Boxing Day walk is a great idea to get outside and spend some quality time with all the family. Whether it be an urban stroll to the shops or an adventure day in the great outdoors, we can’t think of a better way to walk off that turkey and shake off that Bucks Fizz fuzz.

As you know you’re never too far away from a Fat Hippo in the North East so we’ve decided to share with you our favourite walks from in and around Tyne and Wear to get your family out working off that Christmas dinner!


The City Centre

(image from DurhamBid

To say Durham is a photogenic city would be an understatement which is why it is the perfect choice for an urban walk. This studious city with its beautiful mixture of old and new architecture will have you tripping over its beautiful cobble streets as you gaze up at its history.

If you're going out to get your shop on, the charming marketplace has a great mixture of indoor markets and high street favourites to entice you into a flutter. Take your camera and explore the riverside, or climb the cobbled streets up to the Cathedral. 

You can even walk right into Fat Hippo Durham to get out of the cold (dogs are welcome in our bar area!)

 Other walks around Durham:

  • Derwent reservoir
  • Durham heritage coast walk
  • low and high force waterfall 

Newcastle & Gateshead 

Jesmond Dene 

(image from Wikipedia)

You’d be mad to head out for a walk in the Newcastle area without considering Jesmond Dene!

Located in Jesmond round the corner from our original abode, Jesmond Dene stretches over three kilometres, creating a haven of peace and tranquility amidst the Newcastle city centre life. It is home to large grassy fields, a flowing waterfall, a play area, an old flour mill and many types of British wildlife. Pet's Corner is a particular highlight and home to many exotic birds, goats, sheep and even rabbits - and a parrot that always greets you with a squawky “hello!”. Try to coincide with their monthly food marketing bringing together the best of the North East’s street food traders curated by Cook House’s very own Anna Hedworth. There are also endless nature trails to explore and a visitors centre with cafe.

It’s a perfect place to take all the family along the river and all among the interconnecting network of paths.

Other walks around Newcastle:

  • The quayside. 
  • Exhibition Park
  • Saltwell Park


Sycamore Gap

(image from National Trust

An iconic image of the North East, the Sycamore Gap is a must visit destination. Having rose to fame after featuring in a prominent scene in the 1991 film Robin Hood, it is situated in a dramatic dip in the landscape next to Hadrian's Wall. After winning the accolade of ‘Tree of the Year’ in 2016, it is now considered as one of the most photographed trees in the UK and a popular attraction for photographers. 

On this walk, you can immerse yourself in the history of the Romans as you walk along Hadrians' Wall and can even pay a visit to a Roman fort. Situated on the National Trust’s land and a 5 mile walk around the area can take you around 3 hours and is described as a moderate walk.

A perfect choice to burn off those Christmas calories and get yourself ready for some more! For more information, click here.

Other walks around Northumberland:

  • St. Oswald's Way
  • Bamburgh Castle
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed  


Riverside Sculpture Trail

(image from See it Do it Sunderland)

The Sculpture Trail in Sunderland shares and celebrates the history of the local area in a fun, visual way. Located along St. Peter's Wharf, it is home to many stunning pieces of art. 

Again take your camera and snap some pics whilst taking a stroll along learning about the history of Sunderland and its locals, or you could cycle! The Sculpture Trail runs along the final part of the 'Coast to Coast' cycling route. 

For more information, click here.

Other walks around Sunderland:

  • Hetton Lyons Country Park
  • Herrington Country Park
  • Coastal Walk Roker Seafront

Washington Wetlands Centre

(image from WWT)

The Washington Wetlands Centre is the ideal place for a family Boxing Day walk. Home to many animals such as otters, flamingos and a variety of British birds, it is a fun educational day out and a great excuse to grab your trainers and take your camera on an outing. You can also find adventure playgrounds, lookout points and time it right and you can even watch the otters being fed. If you're an animal lover, this is a brilliant day out!

There is also a cafe and shop ideal for a refuel and to grab some souvenirs on your way home.

For more information, click here.  


Higger Tor

(image View of Carl Wark Photo: JP/contributed)

Head out into the beautiful greens of Yorkshire! Head out to Burbage Bridge and turn SouthWest to head up to the heights of Higger Tor, an ancient tor made from gritstone. 

Ladybower Reservoir circuit

(image from JP)

A gorgeous circuit of the LadyBower reservoir starting at the inn. Begin at the pub following the path which runs alongside Snake Pass for a little while until you spot a bridge. Continue on the path around the gorgeous reservoir spotting all the wild pond life and birds!

Don’t forget to stop by one of our two restaurants in Sheffield, S1 and S3 to warm up and refuel!

Enjoy your Boxing Day and the rest of the festive period and don't forget to check Fat Hippo's opening hours if you're planning a burger pit stop

And remember, if walking REALLY isn’t for you, you can always get your favourite Fat Hippo meal ordered on Deliveroo!


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