This long distance walk is 77 miles / 124 kilometres in length running through the “Land of the Prince Bishops”. Steeped in history, beauty and a variety of landscapes this must rank as one of the Ways not to be missed.
The Way follows principally the meandering line of the Wear River either from its mouth at Sunderland to close to it’s source in the North Pennines at Killhope or it can be walked in the opposite direction travelling in a general NE direction. Whichever direction, this walk offers some insight into the industrial heritage of Durham, takes you past the World Heritage Site of Durham’s Cathedral and Castle, visiting sites of Roman and Norman settlements, and enjoys the unspoiled countryside of the river and dale that forms a part of the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
More detailed information on the overall walk and a section-by-section guide can be found at www.weardaleway.com.
Route information supplied by I-Net Support.
Please note: The map location show the finishing point at Killhope in Cowshill. The route starts at Roker in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.
- Distance: Over 20 Miles
- Theme: Breathtaking Views
- Theme: Heritage
- Theme: Long Distance
- Theme: Nature
- Theme: Rivers / Reservoirs
- Theme: Tasty Trails
- In countryside
- Walk Distance - 77 miles
Map & Directions
Sunderland, Durham and Weardale are accessible from the A1(M).
Public Transport Directions
Regular buses serve destinations along the route. The East Coast mainline runs into Durham station and a heritage railway runs between Wolsingham and Stanhope on weekends.