Walking in Durham
One of the best ways to explore everything that Durham has to offer is on foot.
Whether it's a leisurely city stroll along the banks of the River Wear, or a more strenuous walk in Durham’s great outdoors – our routes were made for walking.
The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty a European and UNESCO Global Geopark, Durham Dales and the Durham Heritage Coast are truly special places, with breathtaking views and dramatic landscapes.
Hamsterley Forest is home to delightful woodland walks. And for the peace and tranquillity of the water, head to one of Durham’s many reservoirs or riverside routes.
Durham has walking opportunities for all ages and abilities - from quiet country roads and railway paths, to more challenging routes, and in 2017 Barnard Castle was named as an official Walkers are Welcome town - the first in the county.
From history and heritage to nature and wildlife, and from stunning scenery to tasty trails - search our walking routes and be inspired.