Why not start the new year on the right path and get out and about exploring Middlesbrough’s fascinating walkways and enticing green spaces. First stop is Teessaurus Park – a must do on the list. It is a 10 acre urban grassland recreational area and sculpture park situated in the Riverside Park industrial estate on the southern bank of the River Tees. See the giant dinosaur sculptures and explore the Ironmasters’ Trail and learn about the industrial heritage of the River Tees. This route passes beneath the Newport Bridge and a stop off at the Maze Park Nature Reserve is highly recommended.

Situated on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and nestled between coastal towns, quaint villages, and market towns, Middlesbrough is the perfect base and starting point to explore this truly stunning part of the world. There are many walkways and routes around the edges of Middlesbrough, as well as a number of walkable suburban routes. The Cleveland Way takes in dramatic coastlines and beautiful countryside, and The Teesdale Way encompasses 92 miles of path along the River Tees.

Roseberry topping and the North York MoorsRoseberry Topping

Roseberry Topping is one of the most iconic images of the area. At 1,049 ft., it stands proudly overlooking the whole of the Tees Valley, and Middlesbrough’s boundaries start just a few miles from the base of the natural rock formation. The view from the top takes in miles and miles of stunning Yorkshire countryside as well as Middlesbrough’s impressive skyline and the wider Tees Valley. It’s a must-see, a must-climb, and a not-to-be-missed photo opportunity for locals and visitors alike!

Albert Park is one of Middlesbrough’s most-loved green spaces. Opened in 1868 by royalty, the award-winning Green Flag park is just 5 minutes’ walk from Middlesbrough town centre.

It covers an impressive 30 hectares and still boasts stunning Victorian characteristics including a band stand, West Lodge, a sun dial, and beautiful water fountain. It has two children’s play areas, a bowling green and tennis courts, a boating lake which is home to much wildlife, a roller skating rink, and cafe. Take a stroll along the tree lined boulevard and enjoy the colourful flower beds and nature that come to life around every corner.

Totem Poles at Stewart ParkStewart Park totem poles

Middlesbrough’s largest park, Stewart Park, lies in Marton in South Middlesbrough, and takes in 120 acres. You can enjoy woodland, expansive green spaces, lakes, an extensive pet corner, the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, and much more. This May, the park will be host to Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

Hemlington Lake is situated in south Middlesbrough and provides the perfect setting for walks and exercise with views of the swans and cygnets  and various other breeds of birds, it is the habitat for various forms of wildlife.

If you’re looking to be even more at one with nature, take a trip to see harbour and grey seals at the famous Seal Sands, or watch starlings swirl the sky before settling home at RSPB Saltholme, the Tees Valley’s nature reserve. You could even spot a dolphin or two off the coast of Hartlepool. There’s plenty of opportunities to spot wild roe deer, otters, and countless breeds of birds across Middlesbrough’s suburbs, from the foot of the North Yorkshire moors in Nunthorpe, to the banks of the River Tees at Teesport.

Trincomalee ship at Hartlepool MarinaHartlepool Marina

Take a short drive to Hartlepool and you can discover a paradise for water sports fans. You can have a go at paddle boarding, set sail in a dinghy or yacht, and find out about the impressive maritime heritage of Hartlepool at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Cyclists can enjoy the tranquility of the river by cycling the route from Middlesbrough’s iconic Transporter Bridge to the Tees Barrage in Stockton-on-Tees.

Enjoy Tees Valley has a range of maps and walking routes to download if you’d like a bit of outdoors inspiration.

After all of this adventure, don’t forget to make the most of the many brilliant restaurants and bars in Middlesbrough and beyond for the perfect end to your day out.