Enjoy a walk around the historic castle and along the River Tees on this walk in County Durham. It's a fascinating town with a 12th century castle and the ruins of Egglestone Abbey. This walk starts in the centre of town and follows a section of the long distance Teesdale Way along the River Tees. You'll pass the castle before coming to the ruined abbey where you can cross the river on Abbey Bridge. You can then follow other public footpaths on the other side of the river back to the town.
The 12th century castle ruins are well worth exploring with nice views over the Tees Gorge, a sensory garden of scented plants and remains of the medieval chapel of St Margaret. Egglestone Abbey ruins are another major highlight on the walk. The atmospheric ruins overlook the river and include remains of a 13th century church and a range of living quarters, with evidence of an ingenious toilet drainage system.
Another must see in the town is the Bowes Museum. The museum is located just to the east of the river and contains a nationally renowned art collection with works by El Greco, Francisco Goya, Canaletto, Jean-Honore Fragonard and Francois Boucher. There's also beautiful landscaped gardens to explore.
This route follows the river in a south easterly direction but you could also follow it north west towards Cotherstone and Ronaldkirk. The Teesdale Way waymarked path runs along both sides of the river in this direction. Our Teesdale Way Circular Walk starts from the castle and is a great way of exploring the area. It links with the Tees Railway Walk between Cotherstone and Ronaldkirk.
If you were to continue east along the river you would come to Rokeby Park where the River Tees meets with the River Greta.