Enjoy Durham's Great Outdoors
Nature reigns supreme across much of Durham, the area’s striking scenery provides a retreat into peace and tranquillity or the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and active - which is just what Ben Fogle did when he visited the county as part of his Great British Adventure online series.
You can see the video above as adventurer and TV presenter Ben took on a waterfall jump at Low Force, a mountain bike challenge at Hamsterley Forest, and tried a spot of paddleboarding on the Durham Coast, as well as taking in some of the county's most amazing views including High Force waterfall and Nose's Point near Seaham.
Did you know there's a 5 mile circular walk where you can take in both High and Low Force waterfalls?
Walking or cycling are two great ways to experience the county's beauty. You'll discover breathtaking views as you explore the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a European and UNESCO Global Geopark. This area provides a beautiful backdrop for outdoor activities, with rugged moorland, rivers, reservoirs and forest land all lending themselves to a fantastic variety of adventurous activities.
Walkers are gauranteed a warm welcome in Barnard Castle, now nationally recognised as an official Walkers are Welcome town - the first in the county. At Hamsterley Forest in the heart of the Durham Dales you'll find some of the best off-road cycling tracks in the UK amongst 33 miles of waymarked trails ranging from moderate to hard and severe with a thrill-a-minute downhill course that will push your nerves to the test. And there are many gentle walks and nature trails too with plenty for all the family to enjoy.
For a more relaxing break why not let the chain take the strain and head off on an electric bike to explore some of northern England's most stunning moorland. And if you prefer coast to countryside, enjoy a walk among wild flowers and imposing headlands, and experience the dramatic views of the Durham Heritage Coast, with a welcome stop in the lively harbour town of Seaham with its cafes, heritage centre, marina and beaches, and where the new activity centre will open in 2017.
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Visit one of the county’s many nature reserves and country parks including Hardwick Park, or spot wildlife from the water’s edge at one of Durham’s many reservoirs or enjoy stunning views of one of Europe’s most dramatic skylines with a riverside walk in Durham City.
And when it’s time to refuel you’ll find great places to eat and drink, get a real taste of Durham as you explore the county with our tasty new food trails. Look out for the Taste Durham mark – a sign of great food and service. And for the perfect place to stay you’ll be spoilt for choice with luxurious hotels, friendly B&B’s and idyllic cottages and campsites.