A 9-mile route from Broompark Picnic Site, just outside Durham City to Bishop Auckland, residence of previous Bishops of Durham, running past Brancepeth, Willington, Sunnybrow, Hunwick and Toronto.
The path is a former railway line which was built to carry coal and coke and closed in 1964. Look out for several species of birds, butterflies and the occasional fox!
Broompark Picnic Site is an ideal place to start with woodland walks, a large picnic area and plenty of parking.
The route passes close to Binchester Roman Fort and there are magnificent views of Auckland Castle as you approach Bishop Auckland. This was the home of the Bishop of Durham since the 12th Century and is open to the public at certain times of the year.
The route is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and wheelchair users. Please follow the Railway Paths Visitor Charter so everyone can enjoy this route together.
Route supplied by Durham County Council’s Countryside Service.
- Picnic Site
Parking & Transport
- Car parking - At Broompark, Brancepeth, Hunwick and Newton Cap Viaduct.
- Distance (more than 10 Km)
- Grade (Moderate)
- In countryside
- Route Surface (Railway Path/Walkers/Horses/Villages/Roads)
- Route Surface (Traffic free Railway path/Kids)
- Route Surface (Traffic free/Cycle Path/Walkers)
- Suitable For (Any Bike)