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 County Durham Walks
Route NamePicDistanceDescription
Allensford Country Park3 miles (5 km)Enjoy riverside woodland walks and magnificent views of the Derwent Valley in this country park near Consett. The River Derwent runs right through the park, with riverside footpaths to follow. The park has picnic tables, a shop and a nature trail in Deneburn Wood.
Auckland Walk5 miles (7.5 km)A short cycle and walking route along a dismantled railway line from Spennymoor to Bishop Auckland. This is a nice, easy route ideal for families.
Barningham Trail24 miles (39 km)Travel through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park on this circular walk around the pretty village of Barningham in County Durham. The walk passes through the stunning Arkengarthdale - the northernmost of the Yorkshire Dales where there are stunning views of the Pennine Hills to enjoy. Scenery on the walk includes waterfalls, moors, becks and forests while there is also a visit to the village of Langthwaite which was used for the filming of several scenes in the television series All Creatures Great and Small.
This is a very challenging walk with some steep climbs, but with the reward of some simply stunning views over this beautiful area.
Brandon - Bishop Auckland Walk9 miles (14 km)This is a nice easy cycling and walking path that follows a disused railway line from Brandon, near Durham, to Bishop Auckland.
You will pass through the villages of Brancepeth and Willington, shortly before joining the River Wear for the final stretch into Bishop Auckland. There are fine views of the surrounding countryside and of the Newton Cap Viaduct just before entering Bishop Auckland.
Consett and Sunderland Railway Path28 miles (45 km)A walk along a disused railway path from Consett to Sunderland. The path starts at Consett and heads east towards the coast passing Stanley and Chester-Le-Street before joining the River Wear and following it to Sunderland harbour.
Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park3 miles (5 km)This country park in Billingham is the perfect place for a peaceful afternoon stroll. The park consists of grassland, a lake, a series of ponds and a beck flows which around the boundary of the park. The lake is fantastic for birdwatching - look out for coot, pochard, swans, grebes, herons and the tufted duck. For cyclists National Cycle Route 14 runs through the park.
Deerness Valley Way8 miles (13 km)This cycle or walk along a dismantled railway line runs from Stonebridge to Crook through the beautiful Deerness Valley. The path passes the villages of Ushaw Moor and Esh Winning and and woodland at Holburn and Woodhouses Wood. There are also lovely waterside stretches along the River Deerness to enjoy.
Derwent Valley Walk11 miles (18 km)This lovely railway path runs from Swalwell, near Gateshead, to Consett alongside the River Derwent and is suitable for walkers and cyclists.
You will pass the villages of Rowlands Gill, Hamsterley and Ebchester on the way. The path also takes you through Derwent Walk Country Park and there is a woodland section at Byerside Wood. Also of interest is the National Trust owned Gibside Country Estate near Rowlands Gill. This is well worth a visit with its 18th-century landscape park and nature reserve.
Durham Coastal Footpath11 miles (18 km)This walk follows a beautiful section of the Durham coast from Seaham to Crimdon Park, just outside Hartlepool.
The path starts by Seaham harbour and heads south to Easington Colliery, passing Shippersea Bay and the lovely Hawthorn Dene Nature Reserve on the way. This delightful reserve is run by the Durham Wildlife Trust and consists of woodland and limestone hay meadows.
The path continues south, passing Horden and Peterlee with more stunning cliff top views, before finishing at Crimdon Park just north of Hartlepool.
Great North Forest Heritage Trail65 miles (105 km)This circular cycle and walking route takes you through the countryside of this former mining area in Tyne and Wear. The trail passes Pelton, Bournmoor, Hetton-le-Hole, the Penshaw Monument and Witherwack. The route includes a section along the River Wear in Sunderland and a delightful coastal section visiting Whitburn and Marsden Bay. You will also visit Lumley Castle - a 14th century quadrangular castle at Chester-le-Street with lovely gardens. Also of interest is the Penshaw monument - a folly situated on on Penshaw Hill dedicated to John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham. The video below shows the splendid views from this most beloved landmark which appears on the badge of Sunderland Football Club.
The route is waymarked with a yellow and green disc.
Hardwick Hall Country Park2 miles (3 km)This large ornamental park is located in Sedgefield in County Durham. Hardwick includes a 17-acre lake and a number of ornamental features, including temples, grottoes and follies. There are woodland trails and a lovely waterside path around the lake to enjoy. There is also a visitor centre, gift shop and cafe.
Lanchester Valley Walk12 miles (19 km)This shared cycling and walking path uses the route of the railway originally built to carry iron ore to Consett Steelworks. The path runs from Durham to Consett passing Bearpark, Langley Park and Lanchester. Route highlights include the 13th century Beaurepaire Priory at Bearpark, Lanchester Roman Fort and some lovely views of the River Browney.
Teesdale Way92 miles (148 km)Follow the River Tees from Dufton, in Cumbria, to Redcar on the North Yorkshire coast.
The first section takes you through the Pennine Hills, from Dufton to Forest-in-Teesdale. There is some spectacular scenery as you pass through Dufton Fell and then past Cow Green Reservoir before joining the River Tees near the village of Forest-in-Teesdale. This section is coincident with the Pennine Way National Trail and includes several beautiful waterfalls as shown in the video below.
From Forest-in-Teesdale you continue along the river passing Newbiggin, Middleton-in-Teesdale and Egglesdon Hall on your way to Barnard Castle. Here you will find two fascinating historical buildings in the 12th century Barnard castle and the ruined abbey at nearby Egglestone.
The next section runs from Barnard Castle to Darlington. This section very closely follows the banks of the River Tees, passing Whorlton and the Roman Fort at Piercebridge on the way.
From Darlington you continue east towards Stockton-on-Tees. This section takes you past Teesside Airport and the pretty town of Yarm.
The final section takes you through the industrial landscape of Stockton-on-Tees and Middlesbrough, passing the impressive Infinity Bridge, Middlesbrough Docks and the Riverside Stadium before finishing on the outskirts of Redcar.
Waskerley Way10 miles (16 km)This is a shared cycling and walking path that follows the route of the old Stanhope and Tyne Railway line.
The path starts near Consett and runs to Weather Hill passing through woodland and open moorland. You will also pass the delightful Smiddy Shaw and Waskerley Reservoirs
Weardale Way77 miles (124 km)Follow the River Wear from the coast at Sunderland to Killhope Lead Mining Museum in the Pennines.
The walk can be split into the following stages:

Sunderland to Durham - Starting on the coast at Roker, follow the river past the Sunderland docks and through the city. You'll pass the Wearmouth Bridge and the Stadium of Light before heading into the countryside around Great Lumley and arriving at Durham soon after.

Durham to Bishop Auckland - After passing the magnificent Durham cathedral you continue along the river to Willington and then onto Bishop Auckland.

Bishop Auckland to Stanhope - A lovely section passing Marston Lake, Witton-le-Wear and Wolsingham

Stanhope to Killhope Lead Mining Museum - The final section throuh Rookhope and Weardale. This section takes you through the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Weardale with some truly stunning scenery and more riverside walking.

The walk is waymarked with a green and yellow disc.
Whitworth Hall Country Park3 miles (5 km)Explore 73 acres of parkland surrounding the Grade II listed stately mansion of Whitworth Hall in Spennymoor. You can hand feed the resident fallow deer, stroll around the ornamental lake and then follow the peaceful woodland walk. There is also a pretty Victorian garden containing England's most northerly vineyard.
The Weardale Way walking route runs along the River Wear just to the north of the park. This is a great option if you would like to continue your walk.
Wynyard Woodland Park2 miles (3 km)Formerly known as the Castle Eden Walkway this country park in Billingham has numerous woodland footpaths and a visitor centre.





 County Durham Walking Links
NameDescription
County Durham CCLots of informationon walking and cycling from the local council
North Pennines AONBLots of useful information for this beautiful region

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