This walk visits the interesting Piercebridge Roman Fort before following the Teesdale Way along the River Tees to nearby Gainford. There's much to enjoy with some fascinating history, lovely riverside paths and some attractive Teesdale countryside to enjoy on the way.
The walk starts at the Piercebridge Roman Fort which is located on the banks of the River Tees in the village. There were Romans at the site from about 70 AD until at least the early 5th century. Today Roman remains at the eastern part of the site include parts of the east gate and defences, a courtyard building and an internal road, and a section of the eastern elevation is now preserved and on permanent public display. It's a nice place for an easy stroll with a number of information boards to peruse as you make your way around the ancient site.
After exploring the fort you can pick up the Teesdale Way and follow the waymarked trail west toward Gainford.
PostcodeDL2 3TA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Piercebridge Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Piercebridge Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Piercebridge OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Piercebridge Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The George is a good place for some post walk refreshments. The old coaching inn is located in a nice spot next to the river. You can sit outside and enjoy a fine view on warmer days. The pub can be found at a postcode of DL2 3SW for your sat navs.
The area makes for a pleasant dog walk though it's best to keep them on leads around the fort. The George Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head a short distance east of the fort and you can visit the Remains of the Roman Bridge which was built in 200AD and rediscovered in 1972. There's a car park nearby giving access to the site which has information boards detailing the history of the bridge.
If you follow the Teesdale Way east it will take you into Darlington. Head west and you will come to Barnard Castle.
Just south of Darlington there's the village of Hurworth on Tees which includes pleasant riverside trails and a noteworthy pub dating back to the 1400s.
For more walks in the county see the County Durham Walks page.