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The Way of Life – Bitesize Walk Two


Railways and Romans in and around Bishop Auckland

Distance: 2- 4 miles

Start: Bishop Auckland (public bus, car or bike)

Route: Bishop Auckland Market Place – Auckland Deer Park/Deer Shelter – Jock’s Bridge – Hazel Bank plantation –Auckland Way Railway path – Belburn Wood – Vinovium Cottage – Binchester Roman fort

Finish: Binchester Roman fort

In a nutshell:

Steeped in heritage and surrounded by appealing countryside Bishop Auckland is a microcosm of Durham’s history. This is a time-travellers walk into the past beginning in the town’s historic Market Place and continuing through the wooded delights of Auckland Castle Deer Park.  

The Auckland Way Railway path is a nod to the importance of railways in a region known as the “Cradle of the Railways”. Built to initially move coal and then later people, the line closed more than 80 years ago and now provides traffic-free enjoyment of the countryside.   

What could the Latin name “Vinovia” possibly mean? Two thousand years ago the Romans found their ideal location to build a new fort guarding the Roman road of Dere Street. Exceptionally well preserved remains include two bath houses and a length of professionally constructed Roman road. Add in a hunt for the “Beast of Binchester” carving to complete this walk through time.

Why not visit: 

  • St Peter the Apostle Church, Byers Green 
  • Kynren, An Epic Tale of England, Bishop Auckland (summer season only)

Product Information

  1. Contact Details:

    Flatts Farm
    Bishop Auckland
    County Durham
    DL14 7SF


    +44 1388 436 036
  2. Contact Details:

    Market Place
    Bishop Auckland
    County Durham
    DL14 7NR


    +44 01388 743797
  3. Contact Details:

    Auckland Park
    Bishop Auckland
    County Durham
    DL14 7QJ


    +44 0870 333 1181
  4. Binchester Roman Fort

    Bishop Auckland

    Contact Details:

    Bishop Auckland
    County Durham
    DL14 8DJ


    +44 01388 663089

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Kynren - An Epic Tale of England (54.66631,-1.66972)Auckland Castle - The Auckland Project (54.66662,-1.67024)0.04
Auckland Castle - The Auckland Project (54.66662,-1.67024)Auckland Castle Deer House and Park (54.66858,-1.66668)0.28
Auckland Castle Deer House and Park (54.66858,-1.66668)Binchester Roman Fort (54.67658,-1.67646)0.98
Total Distance *1.31 miles
Estimated Journey Time3 minutes

* Approximate distance by road