Stepping Stones In And Around The North East

Stepping stones, steppy stones or step stones. Hands down, Evie and Harry’s favourite way to cross lakes, rivers and streams. They could (and have) spent hours running across sets of stones sitting in water.

Whenever I post photos of stepping stones on my personal Facebook, I always get asked where they are and how to find them so I thought I’d put together this blog post to help you hunt them out.

I’ve marked the stepping stones on maps, these are very approximate locations because I’ve pulled the areas from memory!

Top Tip – Avoid visiting stepping stones after heavy rainfall, I’ve seen most of these completely submerged and totally impassable.


Bothal, Northumberland

Situated between Morpeth and Ashington lies the small village of Bothal. Within Bothal Woods are a set of stepping stones which cross over the River Wansbeck. The steps are located at the foot of the bank down from the 14th century Bothal Castle.

Jumpabilty: 👍👍

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By: Bothal Castle, Bothal Woods, St. Andrews Church (which dates back to c.900AD).


Druridge Bay Country Park, Red Row

Part of the 2 mile (ish) walk around Ladyburn Lake, the stepping stones at Druridge Bay mark the point at which water flows into the lake from the Lady Burn. They are on the Western side of the lake.

Jumpabilty: 👍👍

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By: Play park, beach, visitor centre with toilets & cafe.


Humford Woods, Bedlington

Nestled within 100 acres of woodland and crossing the River Blyth, these stepping stones are located next to the peaceful and tranquil Humford Mill area.

Jumpabilty: 👍👍👍 (our favourite set)

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By: Play Park


Jesmond Dene, Newcastle

Jesmond Dene is steeped in history and the walk to the stepping stones (which cross the Ouseburn) is stunning.

Jumpabilty: 👍

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By: Waterfall, Pets Corner, Play Park


Morpeth, Northumberland

Crossing the Wansbeck, these stepping stones are a popular route from one side of the river to the other.

Jumpabilty: 👍👍👍

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By: Carlisle Park


Rothbury, Northumberland

These stones, which cross the River Coquet, were damaged in the 2012 floods. They have recently been fully restored.

Jumpabilty: 👍👍

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By: Play Park


Stanhope, Durham

The stepping stones (and ford), which cross the River Wear, are located at the west end of Stanhope.

Jumpabilty: 👍👍

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By:


Wallington, Northumberland

These stepping stones are part of Wallington’s Riverside Walk. They cross the River Wansbeck.

Jumpabilty: 👍

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By: Walled Garden, NT Property & Grounds


*The “jumpabilty” ratings were given by Harry (9 years old). He considered the size, shape and smoothness of the steps as well as the spacing between them when awarding his scores 🤣.

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