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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 Bearpark ( Download : )
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.

Walking Durham Parks and Paths ( Download : )
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.

Walking Durham Riverbank Walk ( Download : )
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 Views of Durham ( Download : )
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.

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.

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.

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 Loop ( Download : )
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.

Walking Durham University Loop ( Download : )
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.

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.

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.

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 Cocken Wood Loop ( Download : )
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.

distance 8.44km Vertical gain +11m Vertical drop -40m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Little Lumley - Tyne and Wear

This short section of the Weardale Way winds through Biddick Woods and along both banks of the River Wear giving views of the Victoria Viaduct. It is gently downhill or level for most of the route and paved for most of the way making it a good walk after rain. There are a number of pubs along the river to while away a wet afternoon or enjoy a summer drink at the end of the walk.

Lambton Estate Circular Walk
distance 9.95km Vertical gain +104m Vertical drop -111m Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bournmoor - Tyne and Wear

An easy circular walk around the historic Lambton Estate.