The Derwent Walk is popular 12 mile linear route between Consett and Swalwell, offering fabulous views across the Derwent Valley. Its southern end links to the Lanchester Valley Railway Path, Waskerley Railway Path and the Consett-Sunderland Cycle route. Durham County Council’s ownership is between Blackhill and Rowlands Gill. The Derwent Walk follows National Cycle Network Route 14 for the most part and is clearly signposted.
The Derwent Valley Railway was opened in 1867 and carried passengers and goods between Newcastle and Consett until the line finally closed in 1962. You will see evidence of old railway platforms, bridges and houses along this fascinating route.
The route passes through woodland and runs past picturesque ponds and relaxing riverside areas. There are fragments of ancient woodland which are home to many birds including green and great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and sparrowhawk. You will pass through the steelworks site at Consett which is alive with the sound of skylarks. Keep an eye out too for fox, roe deer and badger tracks, and along the riverside kingfisher, heron and dipper can be seen.
This route passes near to the following Taste Durham establishments:
The Derwent Walk Inn, Ebchester.
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The route is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and wheelchair users. Please follow the Railway Paths Visitor Charter so everyone can enjoy this route together.
Route supplied by Durham County Council’s Countryside Service
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