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Barnard Castle Walks

4 miles (6 km)

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 a13th 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 byEl Greco,Francisco Goya,Canaletto,Jean-Honore FragonardandFrancois 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 Romaldkirk. 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.


DL12 8PH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Barnard Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Barnard Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Barnard Castle

  • Teesdale Way Circular Walk - This is a fine circular walk using a section of the Teesdale Way between Barnard Castle and Eggleston
  • Teesdale Way - Follow the River Tees from Dufton, in Cumbria, to Redcar on the North Yorkshire coast
  • Tees Railway Walk - This walk runs along the old trackbed of the Tees Valley Railway, from Cotherstone to Romaldkirk
  • Piercebridge - This walk visits the interesting Piercebridge Roman Fort before following the Teesdale Way along the River Tees to nearby Gainford
  • Middleton in Teesdale - This market town in County Durham is positioned in a scenic area in theNorth Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
  • Romaldkirk - This picturesque village in County Durham is surrounded by some beautiful Teesdale countryside
  • Egglestone Abbey - This circular walk visits the remains of the 12th century Egglestone Abbey near Barnard Castle in County Durham.
  • Gainford - This Durham based village is located in a nice position on the River Tees just to the west of Piercebridge.
  • Greta Bridge - This walk visits the picturesque village of Greta Bridge in County Durham.


Head to the historic Old Well Inn for some post walk refreshment. The 17th century pub serves good quality food and includes a nice garden area with views of the castle. You can find them at 21 The Bank, DL12 8PH.

Dog Walking

The river trails make for a fine dog walk and the Old Well Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly. Please keep them on leads around the Egglestone Abbey area.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south east along the river from the abbey and you will soon come to Greta Bridge and the Meeting of the Waters. It's a scenic spot where the River Tees and the River Greta meet. The village also includes the noteworthy Morrit Arms, an historic hotel dating back to the 17th century. The area has literary connections with Charles Dickens who researched his novel 'Nicholas Nickleby' here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the County Durham Walks page.


Barnard Castle - - 1896415

Barnard Castle

Thorngate Bridge, Barnard Castle - - 2127645

Thorngate Bridge

River Tees, Barnard Castle - - 620027

River Tees. Looking east from the footbridge over the river.

Egglestone Abbey, Co. Durham - - 1881608

Egglestone Abbey, Co. Durham

The Butter Market, Barnard Castle - - 1046942

The Butter Market, Barnard Castle. A plaque inside reads: "This building in its time has been Town Hall, Court Room, Lock-Up and Fire Station. Up to the 1930's Farmers' Wives sold dairy produce round the veranda, Hence the name "Butter Market"". Note: my capitalisation, apostrophes as per the plaque.

County Bridge, Barnard Castle. - - 1044208

County Bridge. According to the "Barnard Castle An Historical View" information board. Elicit weddings were performed at the centre of the bridge as it spanned the border of two counties and the lands of two Bishops, so at the centre neither Bishop could object.

Looking up Market Place, Barnard Castle - - 832032

Looking up Market Place

The Golden Lion, Barnard Castle - - 1047887

The Golden Lion


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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