A Dog Friendly Day Out in Corbridge, Northumberland

A view of Corbridge, Northumberland from across the River Tyne

Corbridge – A dog friendly gem

Our dog friendly adventures takes us to the beautiful Northumberland town of Corbridge. This is one of our favourite places to visit as there are some fantastic places to walk, some great places to eat (including what we think is the best bakery around) and a wonderful selection of independent and unique shops, many of which are extremely dog friendly. You can take a look around and see what’s going on here:
Middle Street, Corbridge

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Where to Walk

We’ll start with a beautiful little hike through the countryside south of the town. It’s a pretty steady 4 mile walk, with no major challenges but a few little steep bits and some smaller footpaths.
There is a great, and most importantly, free car park just over the bridge which makes a perfect starting point for a day of adventure.  We then follow the riverside path West before picking up smaller paths and heading into the hills (nothing too severe on this adventure though!).
Corbridge riverside walk in the snow with Darwin the Beagle admiring the view
We pass around the fascinating Dilston Physic Garden, a unique exploration of the medicinal powers of plants and is well worth a visit, before heading up past the Scouts camp ground.
We get some great views across the valley before crossing the frighteningly named “Devil’s Water” and heading up to the road. Although there is no pavement for the first part of the road walk back to the car park, the lane is very quiet and is easily managed, and once we get to the busy stuff, there’s ample pavement. Head past the beautiful twin Chapels of Corbridge Cemetery and you’re back to the starting point.
You can download the GPX file for your GPS here:
Map of Corbridge River Route Dog Friendly Hike

Where to Eat?

There are several lovely little independent coffee shops and cafes throughout the town, and a brilliant little ice cream parlour called Emporium Ice Cream Parlour which is always worth a stop. I mean it’s always a good time for ice cream, right!?

On our last visit we popped by the traditional pub, The Blue Bell. The entire place was dog friendly, and before we had even ordered Darwin had his own bowl of water and plate of gravy bones. Fair to say, he very much approved of his treatment here. A menu of traditional pub offerings, with a good selection of vegetarian and vegan, their jacket potatoes really hit the spot after a cold wintery walk.

The Blue Bell, Hill Street, Corbridge

Where to Shop?

With a belly full of good warm food, we went about spending some money. There are some amazing antique and reclamation stores in Corbridge, with a couple of the best tucked away behind the petrol station. Corbridge Antiques Centre and “Re:” always get a visit from us, and both are more than happy to let dogs have a look around too. We also regularly stop by the Corbridge Garden Room and the Alex Clark store for some great gifts for us, and occasionally, other people. Both of these love dogs too, and Darwin is always welcomed with some tickles and the odd treat.

And we couldn’t miss out Darwin’s favourite place to drop in, the Purple Hound boutique dog shop. Always some top sniffing to be done here!

And before you leave, the one place not to miss is the bakery we told you about earlier. Although you cant take the dog in here, its our must stop before we leave to grab some tasty treats for the road! Grant’s Bakery is located in the town square, you’ll find it by spotting the queue of hungry looking customers waiting outside. They do an amazing selection of cakes, pastries, sandwiches and fresh bread, and in our opinion, the greatest cheese pasty of all time! It’s no wonder they won the 2020 Baking Industry Craft Baker award, absolutely fabulous.

Looking West from Corbridge

So we hope you enjoy the recap of our Corbridge adventure and will make your own way there soon. If you find something there you think we should know about, let us know.

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