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The Way of Love – Bitesize Walk Three

Durham Gardens

Iron Age Defences, and Historic Gardens and a Unique Haven for Nature.

Distance: 4-6 miles.     

Start: Palace Green, Durham City

Route: Palace Green – Elvet Bridge – Whinney Hill – Maiden Castle – Old Durham Gardens – Sherburn – Cassop Vale – Cassop

Finish: Cassop

In a nutshell:

Lovers of landscape will find plenty to explore in County Durham where peaceful enjoyment amongst easy-on-the-eye landscape is the order of the day.

The tree covered slopes of Maiden Castle mask the site of an Iron Age hillfort perfectly positioned on an easily defended knoll of land where ancient man could look out over the flood plain of the River Wear.  

Old Durham was the site of a Roman villa and farmstead whilst Old Durham Gardens witnessed plenty of changes of use across 350 years of existence. First a private garden, then a commercial nursery it also at one time housed a bowling green and tennis courts.

The precious Magnesian Limestone grasslands of east Durham form the geology of Cassop Vale National Nature Reserve. Its lime rich soils support orchids, cowslips and the Common Rock Rose which, in turn, supports the rare Durham Argus Butterfly.

Why not visit:

  • St Helen’s church, Kelloe 

Product Information

  1. Contact Details:

    Manor Road
    St Helen Auckland
    Bishop Auckland
    County Durham
    DL14 9EN


    +44 01388 604152
  2. Contact Details:

    Bent House Lane
    County Durham
    DH1 2RY
  3. Contact Details:

    Palace Green
    Durham City
    County Durham
    DH1 3RN


    +44 0191 334 2932

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
St Helen Auckland Parish Church (54.63578,-1.70976)Old Durham Gardens (54.77153,-1.55345)16.34
Old Durham Gardens (54.77153,-1.55345)Historic Libraries & Archives at Palace Green Library (54.77458,-1.57646)1.36
Total Distance *17.7 miles
Estimated Journey Time34 minutes

* Approximate distance by road