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. The air is so fresh it can make you giddy, and the Durham landscapes are so inspirational that their light and atmosphere attracted 19th Century artist J.M.W Turner to paint them.
Walking or cycling are the best ways to experience Durham’s beauty. Discover breathtaking views as you explore the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy a woodland walk from the Bowlees Visitor Centre to the impressive sight of High Force, one of England’s most spectacular waterfalls and also visit the neighbouring Low Force Waterfall. Or head to Hamsterley Forest, a delightful 2,000 hectare oasis offering walking and cycling routes galore.
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.
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.