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Autumn is upon us! The darker nights are drawing in and colder weather around the corner, but there is no need to stay indoors when there are plenty of walks to discover across Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.

Discover Guisborough Forest

Grab your walking boots and go to Guisborough Forest for the perfect woodland stroll, offering stunning views over the Tees Valley and surrounding countryside.

Immerse yourself in nature throughout this unmissable autumn walk, children’s play area and even a free superworm walking trail for the little ones to enjoy!

Enjoy a coastal jaunt

Like being close to the coast?

If you want to see some of the best views in the region, the England Coastal Path route running from Redcar, Marske and onto Saltburn is one to add to your list. Enjoy a variety of dramatic cliff tops and inclines as you explore the route, ending your coastal walk with fresh fish and chips at Saltburn Pier.

The picturesque walk along Saltburn Cliffs, which forms part of the Cleveland Way, is another perfect way to blow away the cobwebs. The route offers breath-taking views of the region’s sandy beaches and rolling countryside, as well as offering a glimpse at Saltburn’s Victorian Pier.

If you prefer a woodland venture, Saltburn Valley Gardens is close enough to still provide that coastal experience, whilst also being immersed in the beautifully floral, densely wooded gardens. The Valley Gardens are not only host to a range of wildflowers and beautiful blooms, but also lots of family friendly areas.

See autumnal scenes in a park

As autumn falls Tees Valley’s parks and gardens glow in gorgeous red and orange hues, it’s a sight not to be missed!  

Head to Ropner Park for vibrant views, escape the everyday at Summer Hill Country Park, fall in love with the landscape at Locke Park, or enjoy autumnal vibes at Albert Park, South Park and many more Parks and Gardens across the region. 

If you’re searching for a pit-stop while exploring the great outdoors or trying to find a roaring fire to relax by after an invigorating walk, head to one of the region’s cosy pubs. Expect traditional vibes, real ale, comfort food and a friendly atmosphere. Head to our Cosy Pubs Blog to find out more. 

Try something different

Enjoy the unique experience of walking in the footsteps of St Hild herself. The Way of St Hild is a pilgrimage trail celebrating the importance of St Hild to both Hartlepool and Whitby. Unlike your standard pilgrimage trail, The Way of St Hild offers a variety of augmented reality waypoints, so you can access information about the history of the route, as well as taking an opportunity for reflection.

Tees Sculpture Trail is another unique walk to explore this autumn. Featuring a series of 25 interpretive artworks created by five artists, a variety of sculptures representing the region are just waiting to be discovered. Check out our full guide to the trail here.

Find out more and discover what the region has to offer by exploring our website.

Visit our What’s On page to find more unique events and activities in the Tees Valley this autumn.

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