The 7 Best Boxing Day Walks With Pubs In Teesside

24 Dec 2020

Source: Walking In North Yorkshire


What could be better after eating, drinking and snoozing in front of the telly all of Christmas Day than blowing off the cobwebs with a bit of a Boxing Day walk? It's traditional in our family to go out on a little trek, then end at a pub for lunch and a pint (pre-covid, of course). So I thought that I'd put together a little blog post with some of the best walks for Boxing Day, plus the pubs that you'll find along the way - just in case you want to refresh or recharge.

1. Roseberry Topping, Middlesbrough

The famous Roseberry Topping is a staple walk for any Teessider, and on Boxing Day, you're sure to see a few families heading up there. And what's not to love? You'll get your exercise in, tone those glutes on the steps (you all know exactly which part I'm talking about) and get to take in the views from the top!

Then when you're done taking in the sights at the top of the hill, you can clamber back down and head slightly out of the car park to The King's Head Inn, which sits almost at the base of Roseberry Topping. Post-covid, this award-winning pub will have rooms to stay in, great food to eat and a roaring fire to warm yourself by.

Roseberry Topping, Middlesbrough, TS9 6QS.

2. Yarm circular

We've done a walk in Yarm on Boxing Day a few times now and it's always absolutely lovely, especially if it's snowed. This is a circular route, so you start on Yarm bridge and follow the river going upstream. You get to see the viaduct, churches and a bit of the town, so it's a picturesque walk. If you want a full breakdown with directions, click here.

As the start and end point are the same, you've got the choice of indulging in The Blue Bell before or after your walk. This is a fab place in Yarm for a parmo, if you were so inclined! You'll also be walking behind the High Street towards the end, so you can easily divert to one of the many eateries along the road. Try out The Black Bull or The George & Dragon.

Yarm Bridge, Stockton-on-Tees, TS16 0JF.

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3. Ropner Park, Stockton-on-Tees

If you've got little kids in tow, a great walk option is a family-friendly park and my number one choice is Ropner Park. This is a huge space with a big playground, wide grassy areas for 'fetch' with a dog, lots of photo opp spots and enough areas to explore to shake off some Christmas dust. It's a popular spot and for very good reason!

Once you've had your fill in the park, you can make the short walk into Hartburn via Hartburn bend to visit one of the three pubs there. If you want something family and dog-friendly, try The Parkwood Hotel. If you're looking for a bit more of a cosy, quirky spot, then give The Masham in the village a go. Or if you want something that is just for grown ups with no noisy kids, then The Stockton Arms is the place for you.

Ropner Park, 30 Richmond Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 4DT.

4. Guisborough Forest & Walkway

I can't lie, we've never had a Boxing Day walk in Guisborough Forest, but it's such a gorgeous spot that I know it would be the perfect destination. There's a little pond at the start to explore, there's fun things to do along the way (my favourite is the rope gym) and it just has an all round magical feel to it. It's another great choice if you've got kids to entertain.

The only thing about this walk is that there aren't any pubs that are really within walking distance. Instead, you'd have to jump in the car for a short drive into Guisborough town where there are plenty of little independent eateries to try. But pubs-wise, I recommend giving The Kings Head or The Highcliff a try!

Guisborough Forest & Walkway, Pinchinthorpe, Guisborough, TS14 8HD.

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5. Saltburn Beach

When I say 'blow the cobwebs away', take it that one step further with a blustery walk on Saltburn Beach. You've got a few options here - you can walk along the sand to see the pier and the base of the cliffs, or you can walk on the beach, then up on to the cliff tops for some seriously stunning views. If it's not too cold (or if you're hard as nails), get yourself a lemon top on the way!

Luckily for you, if you're out on the beach, you won't have too far to go for a pint and some grub because The Ship Inn is practically right on the sand. This is a proper traditional pub serving traditional food with a sea view. If you fancy heading back up into the town, you can always give The Marine a try too.

Saltburn Seafront, TS12 1HQ.

6. Redmarshall, Whitton and Honey Pot Wood, Stockton-on-Tees

One of the loveliest things about Teesside is all of the small surrounding villages that we have to explore, and this walk takes you through a couple. The Redmarshall, Whitton and Honey Pot Wood walk is just under 3 miles long, and takes you from Redmarshall, up to Whitton, down to Honey Pot Wood and back through to Redmarshall, so it's another fabulous circular walk. For the full route, click here.

When you're in Redmarshall, there's only one place that gets my top recommendation and that's The Ship. This place is otherwise known as 'destination parmo', thanks to their 35-strong parmo selection - it's actually my favourite restaurant in all of Teesside for a parmo, so definitely worth checking out.

14 Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 1EP.

7. Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park, Normanby

This walk is the perfect introduction to the Eston Hills, and is tucked away just outside of Ormesby and Normanby. You'll be able to park up just off Flatts Lane, then explore one of the several paths around the country park, depending on how long you want your walk to be. There's also a great playground too, so this is a scenic and pretty walk that kids will also enjoy.

There are absolutely oodles of pubs in Normanby, so the world really is your oyster with this walk. However, the one closes to the country park is The Norman Conquest (which is also rated pretty highly on Google). This pub is part of the Flaming Grill group, so you can expect to see similar food and prices to others in their range, but if you want something more independent, you can drive into Normany and try The Woodman Arms.

Flatts Lane, Middlesbrough, TS6 0NN.


Whether you have your Boxing Day walk without a pub because of the current tier 3 restrictions or you're reading this post in 2021 and planning the best walk possible, I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration. There are tons of other lovely walks around the Tees area and plenty of parks to explore, so there's no excuse to get yourself out for a bit of fresh air after indulging!

What are your plans for Boxing Day?

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