There's nothing better than a walk in the fresh air, so why not try one of Northumberland's finest local parks?
Universally enjoyed in Britain, local parks are great places to enjoy with all the family. With fun play areas for the kids, and evoking fond memories for Grandma and Grandad, there’s nothing better than a picnic or a walk in the park.
In Northumberland, we are lucky to be spoiled for choice when it comes to local parks. Here are a few of our favourites here at Home Instead South East Northumberland.
Plessey Woods Country Park, Bedlington
Set in 100 acres of captivating woodland in Bedlington, Plessey Woods is a delightful day out. A short drive from Morpeth, Plessey Woods has a sculpture trail and romantic riverside views, you can see if you can spot the otters or kingfishers during your walk. It even has children’s clue trails to keep the kids entertained. With a café, visitors centre and a play area for young children, Plessey Woods is a great day out for all the family.
Carlisle Park, Morpeth
A park so pretty that we picked it for our 2022 Memory Walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, Morpeth’s Carlisle Park is a real jewel in the town’s crown. In the height of summer, you will find inflatables for the kids pitched next to the play areas, as well as a large paddling pool. Filled with fantastic picnic spots, there’s even the newly revamped Pavilion Café, which serves a range of tasty treats and coffee’s, and features indoor and outdoor seating. If you’re feeling competitive, you could even book a tennis court, or get involved in a game of boules on the bowling green.
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington
A popular dog walking spot, the Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, often known as QEII, in Ashington features a 16 hectare lake, surrounded by lush grassland. Activities on the lake include windsurfing, canoeing and fishing, so the kids could try out a new hobby over their summer holidays.
Ridley Park, Blyth
We are lucky that the gorgeous Ridley Park is just a stone’s throw away from our Blyth office. With fun activities for all ages, such as a bowling green, wooded area, and a waterpark, this popular picnic spot is great for year-round family fun.
Dene Park, Bedlington
This hidden gem is nestled along the river Blyth, and with lots of picturesque walks, is a great place for a long stroll with the dog. For the fitness fanatics, there are even a selection of outdoor fitness machines. For those using wheelchairs or pushchairs, there are plenty of flflat, tarmac trails to enjoy.
Ponteland Park, Ponteland
Ponteland Park is the perfect spot to admire nature; with a beautiful selection of plants and flowers, it’s like a little patch of countryside nestled within the village of Ponteland. With plenty of accessible paths for wheelchair and buggy users, this is a park that’s perfect for all the family.