Our Routes Were Made for Walking

Our Routes Were Made
for Walking

Our Routes Were Made for Walking

From dale to vale, city to coast, along country lanes, open fell tops and bracing coastal cliffs, the landscapes of Durham are some of the best in the county for groups to explore on foot.

Take some tranquil time out in the county’s uncrowded, protected landscapes where Mother Nature shows her best. Experience incredible views and amble, ramble or hike along walking routes with the soundtrack of Durham’s great outdoors as company: the thunderous glory of High Force Waterfall; the call of a curlew; bees foraging in the hay meadows of the Durham Dales and waves rolling endlessly in on the beaches of the Durham Heritage Coast.

Signposted paths include the Teesdale Way and Weardale Way, and a stunning stretch of the Pennine Way National Trail.

Picture perfect villages with traditional tearooms and country pubs offering hearty lunches provide time to relax and refuel, with cosy corners ideal for groups to sit and chat.

In Durham City the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle is almost completely surrounded by the River Wear. Groups can mix and match cultural sites with a stroll through the City’s green heart and delightful wooded riverbanks.

Best of all, Durham’s country and coast are open all year round with trails and tracks suitable for all seasons. And for an outdoor adventure with a difference, choose an evening with clear skies to visit one of Durham’s Dark Sky Discovery sites.

From a city stroll to a rural ramble, book a Durham guide to ensure an informative tour. For more information on accredited Tour Guides in Durham, visit: thisisdurham.com/DDTourGuides

Did you know…

The word ‘force’ originates from the Old Norse word ‘foss’ meaning waterfall.

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Tour suggestions…

Half day:
Durham City - Riverbanks or Durham
Dales - High Force Waterfall

Full day:
Durham City - Morning: UNESCO World
Heritage Site and Durham University’s
Botanic Garden. Afternoon: Riverbanks
and Houghall Discovery Trail

or
Durham Dales - Morning: High Force
Waterfall. Afternoon: Raby Castle or
The Bowes Museum


Hotel suggestions…

Radisson Blu

Hotel Indigo

Whitworth Hall Hotel


Useful information…

Coach travelling time:
Durham City to High Force Waterfall
(via A167-A688-B6279-B6277) -
1hr 10mins

Whitworth Hall Hotel to High Force
Waterfall - 45 mins

SatNav:

The Sands Coach Park DH1 1SQ

High Force Waterfall DL12 0XH

Raby Castle DL2 3AH

The Bowes Museum DL12 8NP

Botanic Gardens DH1 3TN

Radisson Blu DH1 5TA

Hotel Indigo DH1 3HP

Whitworth Hall Hotel DL16 7QX