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.

Did you know…

Groups visiting the region can now explore The Northern Saints Trails. Based on ancient pilgrim routes, the trails bring the fascinating stories of the region’s saints to life, set against a backdrop of the North East’s top attractions, landscapes, places to eat and drink and accommodation.

The six routes reflect the saints’ journeys and their connections with the North East and also recognise the significance of Durham Cathedral as a destination for pilgrims for centuries. Featuring routes suitable for all ages and abilities.

To request PDF copies of our Group Friendly itineraries please email tradeinfo@discoverdurham.co.uk

Tour suggestions…

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

Full day:
Durham City - Morning: UNESCO World
Heritage Site and Botanic Garden.
Afternoon: Riverbanks and Houghall
Discovery Trail
Durham Dales - Morning: High Force
Waterfall. Afternoon: Raby Castle or
The Bowes Museum

Hotel suggestions…

Radisson Blu

Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County

Useful information…

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

Durham City Coach Park DH1 1SR
High Force Waterfall DL12 0XH
Raby Castle DL2 3AH
The Bowes Museum DL12 8NP
Botanic Gardens DH1 3TN
Radisson Blu DH1 5TA
Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County DH1 3JN