Durham riverbank via Peninsula

This loop will take you around the peninsula giving great views of Durham Castle, Cathedral and the River Wear. This relatively flat and therefore suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Technical sheet
No. 7182071
A Durham walk posted on 30/03/21 by sarahhcfe. Update : 06/04/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 0h50[?]
Distance Distance : 2.8km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 22m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 23m
Highest point Highest point : 57m
Lowest point Lowest point : 33m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Durham
Starting point Starting point : N 54.776625° / W 1.573721°
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Description

Park in the Prince Bishops Car Park, Take the stairs/lift to the Shopping Level.

(D/A) Walk to the Market Place and then exit the Market Place via St Nicholas Church.

(1) There are steps to the left of the church and a ramp to the right and behind the church. You will now be on the riverbank. Turn right and walk towards the Passport Office and Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre.

(2) Take the footpath directly opposite Freeman's Quay, and cross the footbridge. The Radisson Hotel will be directly in front of you, turn left and walk along the riverbank. You will see Milburngate Bridge (road bridge), Framwellgate Bridge, walk under both until you reach the 3rd bridge, Prebends Bridge.

(3) Cross this bridge and turn right. Continue to walk along the path, making sure you see the Count's House. Continue to follow the riverside footpath, you should see the remains of the city wall to your left and then pass under Kingsgate Bridge. The Durham University Student Union building is on your right. Continue along this footpath until you reach the boathouse. You are now back at the base of the Prince Bishops Car Park. There are stairs and lifts from the Boathouse to all levels of the car park.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 46m - Prince Bishops Car Park
1 : km 0.13 - alt. 50m - St Nicholas Church/Market Place
2 : km 0.56 - alt. 33m - Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre
3 : km 1.68 - alt. 56m - Prebends Bridge
D/A : km 2.8 - alt. 46m - Prince Bishops Car Park/Boathouse

Useful Information

  • There are cafes at the Boathouse and Elvet at the end of your walk.
  • Public toilets are located in the Prince Bishops Car Park.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Hire a boat from the boathouse.
  • Take in the beautiful views of the Castle, Cathedral and River Wear.
  • From Prebends Bridge look up to see the Water Gate, the old entrance to the peninsula, this leads directly to the South Bailey.
  • Check out the Count's House.
  • Link this with Durham Riverbank via Maiden Castle (walk 1) to form a figure of 8. Walk all starting and ending at the Prince Bishops Car Park/Boathouse so can be done in either direction, however, walk 1 will naturally bring you to the Market Place and so I recommend Walk 1 followed by this walk (walk 2).

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