EXPLORE: Enjoy the fresh outdoors on a fun North East adventure with Treasure Trails
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The end of lockdown is finally on the horizon, but we’re still all looking for ways to keep active, entertained, and reduce our screen time while we’re waiting for restrictions to ease. Now that we can meet a friend socially outside, Treasure Trails provide the perfect way to reconnect and have fun together while discovering the secret history of your local area.
Find out Whitby’s vampire secrets, hunt treasure at Barnard Castle, or head off on a spy mission in Saltwell Park?
Treasure Trails are a fantastic lockdown-friendly way to get outside, get your steps up, and keep entertained locally. Anyone of any age can enjoy them – they’re not just for kids!
These themed self-guided walking Trail booklets take explorers on a circular outdoor route of approximately two miles. En route, you have the added challenge of working together to hunt down clues and solve a puzzling Detective Mystery, Treasure Hunt, or Spy Mission.
Whilst you catch crooks and track down spies or hidden treasure, Treasure Trails showcase your local surroundings in a fun and adventurous new light. Each puzzle incorporates clues on local landmarks, signs, statues, monuments, images, engravings, and other eye-catching features.
“A Treasure Trail is a fun and challenging activity which can be enjoyed with your household or with a friend outside, and you’re sure to discover something completely new about your local area,” said Aaron Hutchens, General Manager of Treasure Trails.
There are more than 1,200 Treasure Trails across the UK and 46 to choose from across the North East, including 17 Trails in County Durham, 17 in Northumberland, and 12 in Tyne & Wear.
Here are the Top 10 North East Treasure Trails:
- Newcastle - Toon Treasure Hunt – 2 miles
This circular Trail starts at Central Station and takes you on a route that includes the town walls, St James' Park and Grey's Monument. Discover buildings dating from Roman times all the way through to the 21st century, plus meet heroes of science, engineering, design and sport!
- Whitby Curse of the Vampire (Treasure Hunt) – 2.3 miles
Follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker on this Treasure Hunt and take in the panoramic coastal views as you search along Whitby’s oldest street for clues.
- Durham City Mystery (Detective Mystery) – 2 miles
A firm favourite with Treasure Trailers, this Trail begins in Market Place and explores the colourful houses of Gilesgate, plus an old church, ancient woodland and the riverside. Will you discover whodunit?
- The Wicked Wizard of Alnwick (Detective Mystery) – 1 Mile
This circular Trail starts in Market Square and takes you around this small village most famed for its castle's links to the Harry Potter films. The route explores Baliffgate, St Michael's Church and Pottergate as you come into contact with life gone by from every century for the last 700 years.
- Seaham (Treasure Hunt) – 2.5 miles
Hunt for treasure in County Durham’s only seaside town. Explore the seafront promenade, woodland areas and St Mary’s Church, which is one of the oldest in the UK!
- Barnard Castle (Treasure Hunt) – 2.5 miles
This Trail starts and finishes at Witham Hall on Market Place and leads you around this delightful and popular market town, passing the castle, the riverside and the Bowes Museum. There are lots of hidden nooks and crannies to explore here!
- Durham City Pub Trail (Detective Mystery) – 2 miles
This Trail explores the heart of Durham City and the many historic pubs found here. It's a circular route, starting and ending in Market Place. You'll cross the river by three different bridges along the way, and many of the clues are on the outside of historic pubs.
- Saltwell Park (Spy Mission) – 1.3 miles
Explore Saltwell Park on this self-guided Spy Mission. This circular Trail starts at the south-east of the park and takes you around this wonderful space, awarded Britain's Best Park in 2005. The route can be combined with feeding the ducks, enjoying the play area, exploring the maze and a host of other features around the park.
- Newcastle Gateshead Quayside (Spy Mission) – 1 mile
Starting at the Guildhall, this Trail takes you along the Quayside, exploring the many fascinating features of this part of Newcastle.
- The Amble Scandal (Detective Mystery) – 1.8 miles
This Detective Mystery Trail explores the busy riverside and dockside areas of Amble, as well as a wooden pier. A short section of the stunning coastline also forms part of the route.
Treasure Trails are available to buy online at here.
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