GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Frosterley Walks

2 miles (4 km)

This County Durham based village has lots of nice waterside trails along the River Wear and the Bollihope Burn which run through the area. It is also accessible on the heritage Weardale Railway, a popular tourist highlight of the local area.
This circular walk explores the area to the south of the village, visiting the Frosterley Quarries and the River Wear.
The walk starts in the village centre, following footpaths south to cross the river. You then head south west past the quarries to link up with the Weardale Way around Low Bishopley. Follow the waymarked trail east and it will take you past the waterfalls and caves around Wise Eel Bridge on the Bollihope Burn. The route then heads past Broadwood before linking up with the river path to take you back into Frosterley.

Frosterley OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Frosterley Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Back in the village head to The Frosterley Inn for some post walk refreshment. They serve good quality home cooked food and have a good selection of ales. You can find them on Front Street with a postcode of DL13 2RH for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The trails around the village make for a fine dog walk and the inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you follow the Weardale Way east it will take you to the neighbouring town of Wolsingham. Heading north west will take you into Stanhope.
Just to the south of the village there's some excellent walking paths and mountain bike trails in the expansive Hamsterley Forest.
To the north there's some waterside trails around the pretty Tunstall Reservoir.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North Pennines Walks page.


Bridge over the River Wear, Frosterley - - 614683

Bridge over the River Wear, Frosterley

River Wear, Frosterley - - 1270710

River Wear. The stone work structure is the abutment of the 'fly bridge' which took a branch railway line from a junction in Frosterley Station yard to the Bishopley and North Bishopley quarries on the south side of the river

Lake in unused part of Broadwood Quarry - - 1275009

Lake in unused part of Broadwood Quarry

Wise Eel Bridge - - 1274908

Wise Eel Bridge. Footbridge across the Bollihope Burn

Harehope Gill Lead Mine - - 1273436

Harehope Gill Lead Mine - information board telling you about the mining process here.

Wooden seat sculpture, Harehope Quarry - - 1274879

Wooden seat sculpture, Harehope Quarry. A 'storytelling seat' installed by the Harehope Quarry

Waterfall on Bollihope Burn - - 704165

Waterfall on Bollihope Burn. The Bollihope Burn where it flows into Harehope Quarry.

Ford, Frosterley - - 71451

Ford, Frosterley. Across the River Wear


GPS Files

GPX File

Frosterley.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Frosterley.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)