GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hurworth Burn Reservoir

1 miles (2.3 km)

This route visits a pretty reservoir near Peterlee and Stockton-on-Tees. The reservoir is in a nice rural spot where the River Skerneis joined by Hurworth Burn anout 3 miles from its source. There's a good circular trail to follow around the water running for about 1.5 miles. It's a peaceful place with a number of benches where you can rest and enjoy the fine country views across the water.
The walk starts from the car park at the southern end of the reservoir, just off the Hurworth Burn Road. It's located just a few miles east of Trimden. From here you can pick up footpaths heading north along the Castle Eden Walkway. This shared cycling and walking trail will take you along the eastern side of the water before turning west around Black Hurworth. You can then follow alternative footpaths along the western side before returning to the car park.


TS28 5NN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hurworth Burn Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hurworth Burn Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head into nearby Trimdon Village and you could enjoy refreshments at the Black Bull. The pub stands in a fine spot on the village green opposite the beautiful Church in the quaint old part of Trimdon Village. They serve good food and have a fine range of real ales and craft beers. There's also a nice large garden for warmer weather. You can find them at 32 Front St N, Trimdon, Trimdon Station TS29 6PG.

Dog Walking

The reservoir is a nice place for a walk with your dog so you'll probably see other owners on a fine weekend day. The Black Bull mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you pick up the Castle Eden Walkway and follow it south it will take you to the excellent Wynyard Woodland Park. This country park in Billingham has woodland trails, a wildflower meadow and a planetarium and observatory. If you head north then there's the popular Castle Eden Dene. This National Nature Reserve is a fine place for a stroll with its pretty streams and peaceful woodland trails. On the western side of the reserve you can pick up National Cycle Route 14 and the Haswell to Hart Countryside Walkway. The multi-user trail uses the trackbed of a disused railway line to travel between the two old stations.
For more walking ideas in the area see the County Durham Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Hurworth Burn Reservoir - - 150776

View of the north-east arm of the reservoir in early spring. Look out for wildlife including Swans, Geese, Ducks and Kingfishers.

Footbridge over north west corner of Hurworth Burn Reservoir - - 1383543

Footbridge over north west corner of the reservoir. This carries a public footpath giving access to surrounding countryside at the site of this reservoir in County Durham owned by The Hartlepool Water Company.

River inlet to reservoir - - 1392525

The River Skerne inlet at the site.

Reservoir Dam - - 1392501

View of the Reservoir Dam

The River Skerne leaving Hurworth Burn Reservoir - - 3239727

The River Skerne leaving Hurworth Burn Reservoir at the southern end.

Black Bull, Trimdon - - 2634273

Black Bull, Trimdon

Picnic table, Castle Eden Walkway - - 5076176

Picnic table, Castle Eden Walkway. On the eastern side of the lake.

River inlet to reservoir - - 1392525

River inlet to reservoir. The River Skerne inlet at Hurworth Burn reservoir, county Durham.


GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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