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Harter Fell and Grassholme from Middleton-in-Teesdale
distance 12.41km Vertical gain +239m Vertical drop -239m Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

This North Pennine walk inlcudes Harter Fell and Grassholme Reservoir and a section of the Pennine Way. The start is Middleton-in-Teesdale and the walk includes a variety of scenery. Descending into the Lune Valley the walk continues alongside Grassholme Reservoir before using a section of old railway track back to the start.

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Castle Eden Dene Full Circular Walk
distance 14.2km Vertical gain +160m Vertical drop -152m Durée 4h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Castle Eden - Durham

The full tour of Castle Eden Dene taking in all the best parts with varied and interesting scenery:- Old buildings, open country, ancient woodland, the North East coastline, a magnesium limestone dene with its craggy outcrops, a meandering river and steep-sided gorge. There is a multitude of flora and fauna; if you are quiet you may see squirrels and/or deer. Starts and finished near the Castle Eden Inn which is well known for its good beer and good food.

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High Force and Upper Teesdale: A Circular Walk
distance 14.27km Vertical gain +296m Vertical drop -295m Durée 4h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

A lovely circular walk with a variety of interest. From the popular waterfall of High Force through upland pasture and then the more desolate upland landscape of Thistle Green before descending to the River Tees and following its course with a final leg through farmland.

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Bowes Museum to Egglestone Abbey: Circular walk beside the River Tees
distance 5.99km Vertical gain +44m Vertical drop -53m Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Barnard Castle - Durham

A short and enjoyable walk from Bowes Museum to Egglestone Abbey, following the River Tees. At the time of writing (July 21) Bowes Museum is still operating a time ticket entry. If you time your visit correctly you can combine a visit to the museum followed by the walk or vice versa. Please note the gates to the museum close at 5:00. If you think you will arrive back later then park your car outside the museum grounds.

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High Force Hotel : High and Low Force Waterfalls
distance 7.45km Vertical gain +101m Vertical drop -104m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

Easy and circular walk around High and Low Force Waterfalls.

Walking Hudeshope Beck ( Download : )
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distance 8.7km Vertical gain +185m Vertical drop -179m Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

A walk with lovely views in this beautiful peaceful dale following Hudeshope Beck up past the old lime kilns, over the miners bridge, through the wood and fields to Coldberry mine, then back down the beck on the other side.

Walking River Greta Circular ( Download : )
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distance 11.48km Vertical gain +103m Vertical drop -101m Durée 3h35 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Brignall - Durham

A picturesque walk along the river Greta, abounds with history and nature.

Walking Hudeshope Beck & Aukside ( Download : )
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distance 4.08km Vertical gain +101m Vertical drop -99m Durée 1h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

Nice and circular walk passing by Hudeshope Beck & Aukside.

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High Cup Nick from Cow Green Reservoir
distance 20.86km Vertical gain +275m Vertical drop -278m Durée 6h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

This is a fairly undemanding walk through a wild North Pennine landscape. The route visits two outstanding natural features - High Cup Nick and Cauldron Snout - using a section of the Pennine Way. There are no route finding issues even in poor visibility.

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distance 12.79km Vertical gain +223m Vertical drop -207m Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hunderthwaite - Durham

This Durham walk explores the area made famous by Hannah Hauxwell. The landscape is wild and never boring and this walk uses the Pennine Way for exploration.

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distance 30.17km Vertical gain +398m Vertical drop -404m Durée 9h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

A lovely circular walk around Cronkley Scar via High Force.

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The Lesser Known Durham Denes and the Coastal Path
distance 20.19km Vertical gain +154m Vertical drop -156m Durée 6h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Castle Eden - Durham

A varied and interesting circular walk from Castle Eden. It starts and finishes near the Castle Eden Inn which is well known for its good beer and good food. Explore the lesser known denes that lie to the south of the village via the disused railway which is now a bridle path and part of the national cycle network. Traverse the coastal path north before dropping to the beach and then heading back via the better known Castle Eden Dene.

Walking Nesbitt Dene ( Download : )
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distance 9.76km Vertical gain +159m Vertical drop -162m Durée 3h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Castle Eden - Durham

A short and relatively easy walk which explores the lesser known Durham Denes that lie to the south of Castle Eden Dene.

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distance 16.27km Vertical gain +329m Vertical drop -330m Durée 5h35 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Newbiggin - Durham

A circular walk from Bowlees. Following the river Tees downstream to Middleton-in Teesdale before climbing out through open moorland via the mysterious corpse of ancient Kircarrion, with wonderful views over Lunedale before descending the dramatic Holwick scar back to base.

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distance 7.62km Vertical gain +45m Vertical drop -44m Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Brandon and Byshottles - Durham

On the western outskirts of Durham. Good pathways through a mixture of the farming and industrial landscape.

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distance 12.17km Vertical gain +156m Vertical drop -163m Durée 3h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Mickleton - Durham

A walk in the North Pennines using a section of disused railway, moorland paths and tracks. The route traverses scenery typical of the area with some views across Teesdale also to be enjoyed.

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Ashes Quarry, Crawley Incline, and around the rim of Fatherley Plain
distance 12.68km Vertical gain +310m Vertical drop -311m Durée 4h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Stanhope - Durham

This is a nice circular walk which seems shorter than it is. The walk starts in Stanhope and explores Ashes Quarry before heading up to Crawleyside Incline, where the limestone from the quarry was taken on its journey to the Consett Iron Works. The walk then cuts away to pass beside Millstone Quarry and to the top of Collier Law, before descending around the rim of Fatherley Plain to Fatherley Hill Currick. The route then heads back to Stanhope via Shittlehope Edge and Burn.

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distance 7.08km Vertical gain +36m Vertical drop -63m Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Trimdon - Durham

This stretch of path follows two railway paths across open farmland between the former mining villages of Trimdon Grange and Kelloe. A church can be found at each end of the walk, St Alban's in Trimdon Grange and St Helen's in Kelloe.

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distance 6.91km Vertical gain +67m Vertical drop -44m Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Wingate - Durham

The Way of Love is one of the Northern Saints' Trails and begins at the historic church of St Hilda's on Hartlepool Headland and finishes at Durham Cathedral. This 3rd section of the route passes through the former mining communitis of the Trimdons, Trimdon Station (Deaf Hill), Trimdon Colliery, Trimdon Village and finishes in Trimdon Grange. The route now passes through woodland and rolling green fields, but you may be able to spot evidence of mining in the area as you walk.

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distance 5.18km Vertical gain +28m Vertical drop -16m Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Monk Hesleden - Durham

The Way of Love is one of the Northern Saints' Trails and begins at the historic church of St Hilda's on Hartlepool Headland and finishes at Durham Cathedral. This section connects Hesleden with Wingate, one of the larger villages in East Durham connecting the church of St Mary's in Hesleden with All Saint's in Wingate.

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distance 7.11km Vertical gain +60m Vertical drop -66m Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Lodge - Durham

The path continues along the C2C cycle route then passes through the new village of Rickleton and the old village of Picktree before passing the Lambton estate with its ornate castle then winding its way through the grounds of Lumley Castle on the banks of the Wear.

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distance 6.62km Vertical gain +1m Vertical drop -112m Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Urpeth - Durham

This part of the walk starts at Beamish and follows the C2C cycle route back towards Birtley and Washington through open fields and the outskirts of villages. The walk is downhill for most of the route along hard cycle paths and there is accessible to most.

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distance 5.53km Vertical gain +66m Vertical drop -54m Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stanley - Durham

This walk begins at Causey Arch and ends at Beamish following woodland paths for the majority of the route with one small section across fields linking two historically important locations. Be sure to explore Causey Arch and Tanfield Railway before beginning the walk.

Walking Crimdon Dene Circular ( Download : )
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Crimdon Dene Circular
distance 3.95km Vertical gain +24m Vertical drop -25m Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Monk Hesleden - Durham

This circular walk starts out with a cliff top walk to Limekiln Gill, then follows the main road back to Crimdon Dene passing under the spectacular viaduct and following Crimdon Beck back towards the dunes providing views towards Hartlepool Headland and Steetley Pier.

Walking Blackhall Rocks Circular ( Download : )
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distance 5.05km Vertical gain +35m Vertical drop -39m Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Monk Hesleden - Durham

This circular walk encompasses Blackhall Rocks Nature Reserve and Cross Gill and provides opportunties to explore Blackhall Rocks beach with its caves. The cliffe top walk allows spectacular views of the Durham Coast.

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distance 4.37km Vertical gain +62m Vertical drop -63m Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Horden - Durham

This circular walk takes in a varied stretch of the Durham coastline and provides views of Denemouth viaduct and access to 2 nature reserves along a stretch of the Durham Coastal Path.

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distance 6.35km Vertical gain +38m Vertical drop -38m Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Peterlee - Durham

This fully accessible walk starts and ends at the town centre and winds its way through residentaial areas passing Shotton Hall, Victor Pasmore's Apollo Pavillion and several parks.

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distance 4.51km Vertical gain +62m Vertical drop -56m Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Horden - Durham

This out and back route takes in 3 of the lesser known gills (narrow valleys) along the Durham Coast National Nature Reserve following a short stretch of the England Coast Path/Durham Heritage Coast Path providing stunning views of the coast.

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distance 4.49km Vertical gain +47m Vertical drop -49m Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Easington Colliery - Durham

This short circular walk passes the Horden Grasslands Local Nature Reserve and Passive Mine Water Treatment Plant then returns via the England Coast Path providing views out out to see.

Walking Durham Parks and Paths ( Download : )
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distance 6.06km Vertical gain +54m Vertical drop -59m Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This circular walk around Durham takes in parks, old streets and a medieval hospital building. There are many viewpoints from which the River Wear, Durham Cathedral and Castle can be viewed. There are many steep climbs giving a really good feel for the hilly nature of Durham.

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distance 6.89km Vertical gain +10m Vertical drop -136m Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Urpeth - Durham

This final stretch of the walk starts at Beamish and follows cycle paths through countryside and villages into Chester-le-Street town centre alongside Chester Burn, finishing at St Mary and St Cuthbert;s Church one of the many churches on the pilgrim walking route.

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distance 8.61km Vertical gain +82m Vertical drop -88m Durée 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This walk is a little more challenging and includes some steep gradients but finishes with a more leisurely walk along the river banks in the city itself finishing at Brown's Boat House next to Elvet Bridge. Along the way the route passes several farms, Croxdale Hall with its Chapel and Shincliffe Hall. These are closed to the public but make good route points.

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distance 7.73km Vertical gain +2m Vertical drop -12m Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This section of the Weardale Way follows the loops of the River Wear. It is a tranquil place with many vistas of the river along the way ending at Sunderland Bridge.

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distance 9.04km Vertical gain +86m Vertical drop -72m Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Framwellgate Moor - Durham

This section begins at Finchale Priory with a climb up through Cocken Woods, it then passess through Great Lumley before crossing farmland down to the river. The path then circles Lumley Castle and then follows Lumley Park Beck to Fencehouses. This section includes steep climbs as well as farm tracks and stiles.

Walking Views of Durham ( Download : )
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distance 4.93km Vertical gain +54m Vertical drop -46m Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This walk starts in Durham City Centre, but takes a more unusual path around the city affording views of the castle and cathedral from several view points. The walk descends from the Market Place to the river bank and then passes the law courts and prison, Durham University, Durham School, then passes the listed buildings on South Street before returning to the start via the new Riverwalk Development.

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distance 7.97km Vertical gain +47m Vertical drop -162m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Esh - Durham

This walk begins at Ushaw College and ends at Durham Cathedral and follows The Way of Light for most of the way. Exploration of Ushaw College and Durham City itself will complement this walk through fields, along cycle paths and through the city itself.

Walking Cocken Wood Loop ( Download : )
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Cocken Wood Loop
distance 1.23km Vertical gain +32m Vertical drop -32m Durée 0h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Framwellgate Moor - Durham

This short walk gives some wonderful views of Finchale Priory (English Heritage). It is especially nice in summer when the slow walk through the woods is cooling under the trees. This is one of my favourite places, an idyllic stretch of the River Wear.

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distance 5.66km Vertical gain +71m Vertical drop -99m Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Easington Colliery - Durham

This section of the England Coast Path/Durham Heritage Coast Path is another rural section which covers several denes creating an undulating walk along dirt footpaths.

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distance 7.64km Vertical gain +13m Vertical drop -40m Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Monk Hesleden - Durham

This section of the England Coast Path begins at the popular holiday park at Crimdon and follows a more urban route to the historic Hartlepool Headland finishing at the old town walls.

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distance 6.88km Vertical gain +68m Vertical drop -74m Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Horden - Durham

This section of the England Coast Path continues down the rural areas of County Durham ending at Crimdon passing through Castle Eden Dene and Crimdon Dene finishing at a popular holiday park. There are nature reserves and rock formations to explore along with long sandy beaches and sand dunes. This section has some steep inclines and steps and is therefore not accessible.

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distance 5.34km Vertical gain +45m Vertical drop -21m Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Seaham - Durham

This section follows the Durham Heritage Coast path along the cliff tops from Seaham to Easington Colliery. This is a rural section passing Hawthorn Dene and Beacon Hill providing stunning views out to sea and finishing with a visit to the Pit Cage Monument at Easington Colliery.

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distance 7.7km Vertical gain +29m Vertical drop -67m Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This walk, around Durham area, is easy to access allowing interesting heritage discoveries.

Walking Durham University Loop ( Download : )
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distance 2.55km Vertical gain +34m Vertical drop -34m Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This short walk around the university showcases the best the campus has to offer. It is suitable for a lunchtime walk for staff and students, and for a longer walk taking in the Botanical Gardens and Oriental Museum. The walk is accessible, but be ready for a steep climb through the Botanical Gardens.

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distance 2.8km Vertical gain +22m Vertical drop -23m Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

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.

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distance 4.11km Vertical gain +34m Vertical drop -34m Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This short, relatively flat walk loops around the River Wear from the Boathouse to Maiden Castle and back along the other side of the river giving views of the castle and cathedral and plenty of places for a picnic. This walk is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

Walking Durham Riverbank Walk ( Download : )
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distance 7.13km Vertical gain +47m Vertical drop -51m Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

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.

Walking Wingate Quarry Loop ( Download : )
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distance 7.73km Vertical gain +44m Vertical drop -44m Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Trimdon Foundry - Durham

This walk takes in Wingate Quarry Nature Reserve and Wingate Welfare Park with its football pitch, bowling green, play park and woodland walk. The walk first follows a green lane and passes through the site of Wingate Grange pit, then on the return follows the track of the old Wingate railway line.

Walking Durham Loop ( Download : )
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distance 6.15km Vertical gain +62m Vertical drop -57m Durée 1h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This walk takes in the main visitor attractions in Durham, starting from the Howlands Park and Ride, visiting the Oriental Museum, Botanical Gardens, Castle, Cathedral and Market Place. There are some steep hills, but a bus can be caught from Elvet back to the Park and Ride.

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distance 17.86km Vertical gain +91m Vertical drop -99m Durée 5h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hutton Henry - Durham

This trail traces the history of mining in the villages around Station Town, Wingate, Trimdon Station, Wheatley Hill, and Thornley. The route is marked by disks.

Walking Wingate Loop ( Download : )
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distance 5.77km Vertical gain +43m Vertical drop -43m Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hutton Henry - Durham

Easy walk around Wingate area. Look out for the Miner's Trail sculptures.