Northumberland is a great place to walk. Plenty of paths, fabulous scenery and historic sites to check out en-route. And you can choose the length and difficulty of the walk to match your legs.
Two walks can start right from the front door of the Boatside Inn: Follow the traffic free path alongside the railway line from the Boatside Inn to Tyne Green. Alternatively if not too muddy, cross the bridge across the South Tyne and follow the South Tyne to the confluence with the North Tyne. Either turn round and come back, (about 2 miles round trip), or continue on down to Tyne Green in Hexham - about 2½ miles one way. You can either walk straight back, or why not have a look round Hexham and then take the bus back - it stops right outside the Boatside.
A second walk starting at the Boatside takes you to the top of Warden Hill, where you get excellent views of the Tyne.
This and other walks are described in detail in John Harris' Walking in Northumberland
website. Walks titled Chollerford
are all locally based.
Another place to find interesting walks in the area is the Visit Hardians' Wall Country site. The walk based on Chesters is closest to the Boatside. Walking on or beside Hadrian's wall is always interesting, and the area near Housesteads is a favourite location.
The Northumbrian Walks site shows some excellent walks, most of them based near Kielder reservoir. The coastal path in North Northumberland is also very attractive in good weather, as is the Simonside walk near Rothbury.