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Get moving for your mental health in the Tees Valley this weekend

If you live or visit the Tees Valley, you will see for yourself that the region is brimming with natural beauty, vibrant culture, and a variety of activities that cater to all interests. With the weather warming up, and the theme of this year’s mental health week  being ‘Moving more for our mental health’, why not take yourself on an adventure this weekend to the many walks, activities and venues to get you on the move. 

Best locations for walks in the Tees Valley

We know that the Tees Valley, being on the edge of the North Yorkshire countryside, boasts a range of fantastic walks.

1. Roseberry Topping

Roseberry Topping is one of Teesside’s most iconic landmarks. This distinctive hill offers a moderately challenging hike with rewarding views from the summit. The trail is approximately 2.5 miles round trip and provides panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside. Don’t forget your camera—this is one of the most photogenic spots in the area!

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2. RSPB Saltholme

For nature lovers, RSPB Saltholme is a must-visit. This wildlife reserve offers several walking trails that weave through wetlands, meadows, and grasslands. It’s a paradise for birdwatchers, with opportunities to see species like avocets, lapwings, and peregrine falcons. The trails are well-marked and suitable for all fitness levels, making it a great family outing.

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3. The Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way is a long-distance footpath that stretches for 109 miles, with a significant portion running through Teesside. One of the highlights is the section between Saltburn and Staithes, offering stunning coastal views. This walk can be as long or short as you like, with various entry and exit points along the route.

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4. Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park

Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park is perfect for a leisurely stroll through diverse landscapes, including woodlands, meadows, and wetlands. The park has several trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels, along with a visitor centre that provides information about the local flora and fauna. It’s an excellent spot for a peaceful walk or a family day out.

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If outdoor adventure is more of your thing to do then take a look at some great places to visit.

1. Tees Barrage International White Water Centre

For thrill-seekers, the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre offers an adrenaline-pumping experience. You can try your hand at white-water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. The centre provides equipment and professional instructors, making it accessible even for beginners.

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2. Cycling Along the Teesdale Way

The Teesdale Way is a long-distance trail that follows the course of the River Tees. It’s popular among cyclists for its scenic views and varied terrain. You can start your journey from Stockton-on-Tees and ride towards Barnard Castle, enjoying picturesque villages, rolling hills, and the tranquil river along the way.

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3. Saltburn Cliff Lift and Pier

A visit to Teesside wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the historic Saltburn Cliff Lift. This funicular railway, dating back to 1884, takes you from the town down to the beach, where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Victorian pier. The beach itself is perfect for a relaxing day out, with opportunities for surfing and beachcombing.

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4. Preston Park Museum and Grounds

Preston Park Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into Teesside’s history. The museum is set within beautiful parklands along the River Tees, making it an ideal spot for a walk. Inside, you’ll find exhibits on local history, including a recreated Victorian street. The grounds also feature a butterfly world, an adventure playground, and a riverbank walk.

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5. Wynyard Woodland Park

Wynyard Woodland Park is a versatile destination offering walking and cycling trails, a planetarium, and an adventure playground. The park is part of the larger Wynyard Estate and features the Castle Eden Walkway, which follows the path of an old railway line through scenic woodlands and meadows.

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If you have a better suggestion, or know of any hidden gems, let us know!

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