There's plenty of scope to explore Durham on foot, from a leisurely city stroll along the banks of the River Wear to the more strenuous Pennine Way. Durham's Heritage Coast offers a stunning landscape of beaches, cliffs and headlands, whilst the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Durham Dales are truly special places that have much to offer - from wild moorland to picturesque villages nestling in valleys.
Further details on walking routes and guided walks across Durham can be obtained from: Durham County Council countryside events and guided walks; The Ramblers-Durham Group; North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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“A Dales Journey” is a 90 miles drive following the footsteps of John Wesley’s 1761 journey visiting five of the oldest Methodist chapels in the world.
Start at Keenley Chapel NY 80365 56656, (NE47 9NS)
Drive eastwards into Allendale Town, turn right onto B6295 for about 12 miles into...
Near Middleton in Teesdale
This 5 mile circular walk takes you through the stunning landscape of Upper Teesdale, within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it includes Low and High Force waterfalls - the most spectacular natural features in County Durham.
The walk is an excellent way to discover the...
DISTANCE: 2 miles
GRADE OF WALK: EASY
Discover the wildlife and history of Derwent Reservoir along the 2 mile multi user trail while taking in the breathtaking views of the reservoir. The walk is easy, comfortable walking and is suitable for cyclists, walkers, wheelchairs and pushchairs...
Frosterley, Bishop Auckland
Distance: 2 kilometres (1.3 miles)
Grade of walk: Moderate
Walk 1 is a 2 km or 1.3 mile route and takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. This short walk is a circuit through fields and along tracks taking in some of the old quarrying sites, a visit to Frosterley...
Blackhall Rocks is a Local Nature Reserve and picnic area within Durham Heritage Coast and is UK Woodland Assurance Scheme certified. Part Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation.
Habitats include neutral grassland, coastal magnesian limestone, grassland, scrub and...
The Chester-le-Street Heritage Trail is a walk around the 2000 year history of Chester-le-Street market town, taking in sites of Roman occupation, Christian Heritage and Victorian Industry. You can take in the character and history of the buildings and sites as you enjoy your tour. Although the...
Starting in the Market Place of Durham City, this walk will take you around the Riverbanks and winding historical Streets of the City Centre. Allow 1-2 hours to complete this Walk. Market Place - Continue the walk by crossing into Saddler Street keeping to the left until you reach a bridge. 2....
Derwent Reservoir trout fishery is the region’s most popular fishery, with anglers enjoying the combination of lots of bank space and the chance to catch specimen trout weighing up to 20lb.
Throughout the season a number of tagged fish are stocked with special prizes to those anglers luck enough...
South of Horden
Castle Eden Dene is one of the most important natural areas in the North East. The Dene is a four mile long steep sided valley cut into the Magnesian Limestone.
This area is a National Nature Reserve, valued amongst other things for its yew trees, insects and botanical variety. The Dene was...
Stanhope Chase, Peterlee
The Yew Tree Walk - 2 miles (3.5km) between 1½-2½ hours. Follow the Yew markers. Not suitable for pushchairs. Sturdy footwear recommended. Steep in places. Avoid visiting during high winds. Disabled access is very limited due to natural features. Please call in advance to discuss.
From the car...