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County Durham Walks

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Allensford Country Park3 miles (5 km)Enjoy riverside woodland walks and magnificent views of the Derwent Valley in this country park near Consett View Full Details>>
Auckland Walk5 miles (7.5 km)A short cycle and walking route along a dismantled railway line from Spennymoor to Bishop Auckland View Full Details>>
Balderhead Blackton and Hury Reservoirs5 miles (7.5 km)This walk visits these three reservoirs in Baldersdale. The walk starts at the parking area at the eastern end of Balderhead Reservoir where there are wonderful views over the water to the surrounding countryside. You then head around Blackton Reservoir to the western end of Hury Reservoir, before returning to Balderhead via the Pennine Way. It's a fairly easy walk with some waterside sections and wonderful views of the beautiful Baldersdale. The area around Blackton Reservoir is a nature reserve so look out for a variety of wildlife on your walk. View Full Details>>
Barnard Castle4 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. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Beamish Woods2 miles (3.5 km)These pretty woods in the village of Beamish have some nice woodland trails to try. There's also some waterside paths along the River Team and bluebells in springtime. View Full Details>>
Bishop Auckland4 miles (7 km)This circular walk around Bishop Auckland makes use of the Brandon - Bishop Auckland Walk and Weardale Way long distance paths. You can follow the Brandon - Bishop Auckland Walk north out of the town along a disused railway path. It takes you to the River Wear where you can enjoy waterside paths south of Willington. You can then follow the Weardale Way long distance trail back to the town. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Burnhope Reservoir2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a peaceful circular walk around this reservoir in Weardale. There's a parking area at the south eastern tip of the water where you can start your walk. Follow the trails around the reservoir where there are some woodland trails and lakeside paths to enjoy. It's a very quiet place with a series of picnic tables where you can stop to enjoy the lovely scenery of the North Pennines AONB. View Full Details>>
Castle Eden Dene3 miles (5 km)Enjoy miles of woodland trails, pretty streams, rushing waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife in this splendid nature reserve in Peterlee. The reserve is the largest area of semi-natural woodland in north-east England. There are well surfaced trails running along the pretty Castle Eden Burn and through the atmospheric gorge. View Full Details>>
Castle Eden Walkway9 miles (15 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk along this disused railway line which runs along National Cycle Network Route 1. It's a nice easy traffic free ride for families or beginners. View Full Details>>
Causey Arch2 miles (3 km)Visit the the oldest surviving single-arch railway bridge in the world and enjoy woodland trails along the Causey Burn on this lovely walk in Stanley. The site includes interesting geology and views of the Tanfield railway which runs through the area. Also look out for the replica of an oldwoodenhorse drawncoal truck. At its peak the track would see hundreds of these waggons carrying coal to the bridge. View Full Details>>
Chester-le-Street2 miles (3.7 km)This pleasant circular walk in the town of Chester-le-Street visits the riverside gardens and Lumley Castle. View Full Details>>
Coatham Woods2 miles (3.6 km)These woods near Stockton on Tees have 2 waymarked walking trails for you to try. There's attractive broadleavedand conifer woodland, meadows and ponds to see on the site. It's also a nice place for wildlife spotting with owls, deer and foxes to look out for. View Full Details>>
Consett and Sunderland Railway Path28 miles (45 km)A walk along a disused railway path from Consett to Sunderland View Full Details>>
Cow Green Reservoir and Cauldron Snout10 miles (16 km)This walk takes you along the beautiful Cow Green Reservoir to the spectacular CauldronSnout waterfall in the North Pennines AONB. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Darlington6 miles (9 km)The Teesdale Way runs through thelarge market town of Darlington in County Durham. You can explore part of the lovely Tees valley on this circular walk using the long distance waymarked trail. Starting at Blackwell at the south western corner of the town you can pick up the trail and follow the river south to Croft-on -Tees. The route passes Stapleton Manor and Monk End Wood on the western side of the river before coming to the village. You can then cross the river and follow the path back to Darlington on the eastern side of the water. This section runs through Oxneyfield and a golf course before returning to Blackwell. On this section there are nice views of the River Skerne which runs parallel to the Tees. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Durham Coastal Footpath11 miles (18 km)This walk follows a beautiful section of the Durham heritage coast from Seaham to Crimdon Park, just outside Hartlepool. View Full Details>>
Durham Riverside Walk8 miles (13.2 km)This splendid walk around Durham visits many of the city highlights including the River Wear, Durham Castle, the cathedral, Old Durham Gardens and the Durham Botanical Gardens. There's so much to see with wonderful architecture, historical sites, beautiful gardens and countryside views across the river. View Full Details>>
Grassholme Reservoir3 miles (5 km)This circular walk follows the footpath around this lovely reservoir in upper Teesdale. The reservoir is surrounded by the Lune Valley countryside and woodland. Grassholme Reservoir is located a few miles south of Middleton in Teesdale. View Full Details>>
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, Marsden Bay, the splendid magnesian limestone cliffs at the Leas in South Shields and Souter Lighthouse. 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. View Full Details>>
Hamsterley Forest9 miles (15 km)Hamsterley Forest is a great place for exciting mountain bike trails, leisurely family cycle rides or peaceful woodland walking. View Full Details>>
Hardwick Hall Country Park2 miles (3 km)This large ornamental park is located in Sedgefield in County Durham View Full Details>>
Hawthorn Dene3 miles (5.5 km)This delightful nature reserve near Easington has nice footpaths to follow. The paths will take you through attractive woodland and along the pretty Hawthorn Burn. The reserve is located just to the south of Seaham. You could follow the Durham Coastal Footpath to reach the site. Alternatively there is a car park just to the north of the reserve. From here you can pick up the footpaths east through the reserve to the coast. You'll pass the railway viaduct before coming to Hawthorn Hive, with cliffs and rocky shore.Look out for a variety of flora and fauna including snowdrops, wild garlic and bluebellsin the spring. Notable wildlife includesjay, treecreeper, great spotted woodpecker and roe deer. View Full Details>>
High Cup Nick9 miles (14 km)This spectacular glacial valley is one of the major highlights in the North Pennines AONB. The whole of the valley is within an area mapped asopen countryunder theCountryside and Rights of Way Act 2000hence there is a general right forwalkers to roam at will. The section of the Pennine Way running through the area is also abridlewaytherefore legally available tocyclistsandhorseriderstoo. View Full Details>>
High Force Waterfall7 miles (11 km)Visit the spectacular Low Force and High Force waterfalls on this waterside walk in the North PenninesArea of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The circular walk runs for about 6.5 miles with some moderate climbs along the way. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Middleton in Teesdale7 miles (11.5 km)This market town in County Durham is positioned in a scenic area in theNorth Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). You can explore the area on the Pennine Way long distance trail which runs past the town. View Full Details>>
Pennine Way268 miles (431 km)This fabulous 268 mile path takes you through three of England's finest national parks. You start near Edale in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District and head north towards the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The final section takes you over Hadrian's Wall in the stunning Northumberland National Park before crossing the England-Scotland border and finishing in the village of Kirk Yetholm in Scotland. View Full Details>>
Pow Hill Country Park and Derwent Reservoir7 miles (11.5 km)This walk explores Pow Hill Country Park and the expansive Derwent Reservoir in County Durham. The park has some lovely waterside trails with splendid views across the reservoir. There's also a small woodland area with picnic tables. View Full Details>>
Raby Castle2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a lovely walk through the 200 acres of deer park and gardens surrounding this 14th century castle near Darlington. There are several well surfaced walking trails taking you through peaceful woodland, through the deer park and between Low Pond and High Pond. There are also the delightful 18th century ornamental Walled Gardens with Yew Hedges, trees, plants, fountains, statues and ornaments from the 18th and 19th century. View Full Details>>
Tees Barrage Walk4 miles (6 km)This waterside walk in Stockton-on-Teesexplores the riverside paths next to the River Tees Barrage. The 3.5 mile circular route runs on nice flat trails on both sides of the river. View Full Details>>
Tees Railway Walk2 miles (4 km)This walk runs along the old trackbed of the Tees Valley Railway, from Cotherstone to Ronaldkirk. The railway was originally opened in 1868 and closed in 1965.It ran for just over 8 miles betweenBarnard Castleand Middleton-in-Teesdale on theSouth Durham & Lancashire Union Railway. View Full Details>>
Teesdale Way92 miles (148 km)Follow the River Tees from Dufton, in Cumbria, to Redcar on the North Yorkshire coast. View Full Details>>
Teesdale Way Circular Walk12 miles (19.3 km)This is a fine circular walk using a section of the Teesdale Way between Barnard Castle and Eggleston. It runs for about 12 miles using waymarked footpaths on both sides of the river. You'll visit the villages of Egglestone, Ronaldkirk and Cotherstone, while enjoying some splendid scenery. View Full Details>>
Tunstall Reservoir2 miles (3 km)Follow the footpath around this pretty reservoir and nature reserve near Wolsingham in Country Durham. It's a lovely place for an easy stroll with species rich woodland on the eastern side of the reservoir and a nature reserve at the northern end. Look out for a variety of birdlife including Great rested grebe, tufted duck, goosander, moorhen, coot, mallard and common sandpiper. Butterflies are also common in the reserve. Look out for admiral, small tortoiseshell, peacock and meadow brown. View Full Details>>
Waldridge Fell Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding countryside in this country park in Chester-le-Street. There are a number of waymarked routes running through this area of lowland heath. The park is full of interesting plantlife and wildlife including Stonechat and the Emperor Moth. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Weardale Way77 miles (124 km)Follow the River Wear from the coast at Sunderland to Killhope Lead Mining Museum in the Pennines. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Wynyard Woodland Park2 miles (3 km)Formerly known as the Castle Eden Walkway Country Park this park in Billingham has numerous woodland footpaths and a visitor centre. National Cycle Network Route 1 also passes through the park so you can bring your bike too. Just north of the park is the Thorpe Wood Local Nature Reserve which offers a chance to extend your outing. There's also a delightful wildflower meadow, a fine cafe and a fascinating planetarium and observatory. View Full Details>>

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