This is a relaxing walk around the River Wear in Durham City. The footpaths are mostly paved making this suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Where there are steps, alternatives have been provided. There are some lovely visitas from which the castle and cathedral can be viewed.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From Sidgate Car Park/Radisson Hotel cross the road to the river bank and turn right. Walk along the riverbank following the footpath, passing under Framwellgate Bridge and Milburngate Bridge keeping the river to # your left..
(D/A) The Radisson Hotel will be in front of you. Walk around the side of the hotel back to Sidegate Car Park.
D/A : km 0 - alt. 36m - Radisson Hotel
1 : km 1.27 - alt. 56m - Prebends Bridge
2 : km 1.56 - alt. 47m - Count's House
3 : km 2.38 - alt. 43m - Boat House
4 : km 4.19 - alt. 34m - Maiden Castle Footbridge
5 : km 4.82 - alt. 37m - Green Lane
6 : km 5.89 - alt. 38m - Baths Bridge
7 : km 6.49 - alt. 46m - St Nicholas Church, Market Place
8 : km 6.81 - alt. 33m - Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre
D/A : km 7.13 - alt. 36m - Radisson Hotel
This walk can be started at any of the main hotels in Durham, I have started the walk from Sidegate Car Park next to the Radisson Hotel, other start poins include the County Hotel/Hotel Indigo and the Premier Inn. It can also be started from the Prince Bishops Car Park, take the steps/lift down to the boat house.
The walk can also be shortened either at (3) by taking the steps to Old Elvet Bridge or the lift in the Prince Bishops Car Park to the Market Place, or by crossing Baths Bridge to (6) cutting out the loop to Maiden Castle.
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