New Herrington to Houghton-Le-Spring - Way of Learning

This walk is part of the trek The Way of Learning - Jarrow to Durham.

This 6th section of Way of Learning begins in the village of New Herrington and crosses farmland to reach the village of Newbottle. Continuing through the village, the route then crosses more fields before arriving at the top of Houghton Cut, from Houghton Hill there are views across Houghton-le-Spring and beyond. The route then drops down to Houghton-le-Spring where the walk ends in the town centre at St Michael's Church.

Technical sheet No. 30506010

A Tyne and Wear walk posted on 07/02/23 by sarahhcfe. Last update : 15/03/23
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h25[?]
Distance Distance : 2.80 mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 154 ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 187 ft
Highest point Highest point : 377 ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 220 ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Tyne and Wear
Starting point Starting point : N 54.87052° / W 1.460485°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.841962° / W 1.469955°
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Start : Bus stop on the south side of Herrington Road/ St Aidan's Terrace (B1286) (DH4 4NL) Grid ref. NZ 347 529

(D) From the bus stop on the south side of the road, walk West on St Aidan's Terrace about 20m until you see the footpath on your left, go through the gate and follow the path Southwards.

(1) After 340 m or so, at the left-hand bend in the wide track, look for a much smaller path on the same southern bearing crossing the field and entering the woodland. The footpath will then bend to the right following the countour of the hill. The footpath will turn sharply right as it emerges from the trees. Follow the edge of the field and turn left (South) still following the edge of the field. The footpath will then take another sharp left turn along the hedgerow of the adjacent field, keep following the hedgerow (South-West). When the hedge curves, take the footpath on your left (South-East) and cross the small stile into North Street.

(2) Walk up North Street to St Matthew's Church. At the junction turn left into Front Street. At the triangular piece of grass, turn right and then cross South Street. Turn left into Cathedral View and walk South-Eastwards to the end of the road. At the bend in the road, continue straight ahead onto the footpath, walk between the houses and bear right following the garden fence. Then turn left heading Southwards until you reach the edge of the field. Turn left and walk along the fence (East).

(3) At the electrical substation, turn right (South-East) still following the fence and walk towards the A690. When you reach the A690, turn right (South-West) following the footpath for a short distance along the layby. As you reach the end of the layby,the path splits. You can take either route, the official path is the one to the right. After the paths converge continue walking South-Westwards then follow the path south and then South-East where it emerges onto Houghtonside.

(4) Headtowards the Subway signpost but turn Southwards instead of walking to the subway and continue walking down Houghtonside with the A690 (Houghton Cut) to your left. Turn right at the garages and then turn left crossing the bridge over Hillside Way (A182). At the bottom of the steps, turn left and walk around the back of the supermarket. Turn left into the car park, walk straight across the car park and exit at the other side.

(5) Turn right at The Wild Boar pub and walk down Sunderland Street. Turn left onto The Broadway where you will see St Michael and All Angels Church (A).

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 272 ft - Bus Stop on B1286 (Herrington Road/McClaren Way)
1 : mi 0.23 - alt. 295 ft - Track Junction
2 : mi 1.19 - alt. 358 ft - St Matthew's Church, Newbottle
3 : mi 1.87 - alt. 318 ft - Electrical Substation
4 : mi 2.43 - alt. 259 ft - Subway Sign on Houghtonside
5 : mi 2.69 - alt. 223 ft - The Wild Boar PH
A : mi 2.8 - alt. 220 ft - St Michael and All Angels, Houghton-le-Spring

Useful Information

Start : Bus stop on the south side of Herrington Road/ St Aidan's Terrace (B1286) (DH4 4NL) Grid ref. NZ 347 529

Transport: There is no dedicated parking in New Herrington, there are public car parks in Houghton-le-Spring, take bus 35 Cherry from St Michael's and All Angels Church to the start point.

Facilties: There are no facilities on the route but there are a number of cafes, takeaways and pubs in Houghton-le-Spring.

Accessibility: This walk includes sections across fields and stiles as well as steep gradients.

Accommodation: The nearest hotel is the Highfield in East Rainton.

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