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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.

distance 6.59km Vertical gain +22m Vertical drop -34m Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section starts along the cliff tops at Ryhope and then drops down to Ryhope Dene eventually arriving at Seaham Hall Beach. The section then continues along Seaham Promenade to the National Trust managed land at Noses Point. This walk gives a good contrast between the rugged cliff tops and traditional seaside town.

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.

distance 3.7km Vertical gain +4m Vertical drop -10m Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

A walk through the conservation area of Ashbrooke in Sunderland including many fine buildings, Mowbray Park, Backhouse Park and finishing at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

distance 3.91km Vertical gain +31m Vertical drop -30m Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

The East End of Sunderland has undergone a lot of redevelopment, however there are a large number of historic buildings, many of them listed. This walk starts and ends at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in the town centre and first drops down to follow the south bank of the River Wear before circling Old Sunderland.

distance 5.56km Vertical gain +37m Vertical drop -27m Durée 1h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This England Coast Path section starts in Sunderland City Centre and picks up the route in Hendon following a mostly urban route for the first half of the walk which then turns down to the cliff tops for the remainder of the walk to Ryhope. On this route you will see many new developments, including the A1018 which the route follows

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.

England Coast Path - Roker to Sunderland City Centre
distance 5.33km Vertical gain +46m Vertical drop -24m Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This riverside section of the England Coast Path follows the mouth of the Wear from Roker to Hendon finishing at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in the city centre. The Wear was famous for its shipbuilding, all now long gone, but its religious past and glass making industry are still present. Alongside new developments the changing face of Sunderland is very evident in this walk.

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.

distance 6.15km Vertical gain +40m Vertical drop -67m Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This urban section of the English Coast Path passes through Pallion and Deptford, the center of shipbuilding on the Wear. There is plenty of evidence left of this industry, The route slightly deviates from the original Weardale Way route to follow the new A1231 route passing the recently reinstated Doxford Shipyard Gate.

distance 7.84km Vertical gain +49m Vertical drop -76m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section of the English Coast Path starts by crossing the Northern Spire Bridge and then follows the northern bank of the River Wear passing the Queen Alexandra Bridge, Stadium of Light and Wearmouth Bridge where it rejoins the original Weardale Way path around the marina to the end of the walk at Roker. This walk passes remnants of the ship building industry along the Wear and new developments such as the Northern Spire Bridge and Sunderland university Campus.

Walking Coalfield Way ( Download : )
distance 15.71km Vertical gain +115m Vertical drop -117m Durée 4h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hetton - Tyne and Wear

The Coalfield Way is no longer a designated Long Distance Footpath, but still affords some spectacular views across former mining villages. The circular route passes through 2 country parks, Rainton Meadows and Hetton Lyons which are worth spending some time in. The route includes a climb from Rainton Meadows to Moorsley after which the route becomes more level. To enjoy the country parks, this could be enjoyed as a full day excursion.

distance 2.45km Vertical gain +10m Vertical drop -4m Durée 0h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way is a walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This section begins at Seaburn Park before passing through Roker before finishing at St Peter's Church.

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.

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.

Castle Eden Walkway from Castle Eden
distance 32.75km Vertical gain +91m Vertical drop -88m Durée 1.5 hrs Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Castle Eden - Durham

An flat out and return along the Castle Eden Walkway, starting from Castle Eden and going South to the old railway station at Thorpe Thewles, then returning via the same route. This follows the national cycle way route 1 and in most parts is easy to follow.

Usually done on a bicycle but can be walked. Interesting scenery and also alternative diversions if on foot.

Walking Nesbitt Dene ( Download : )
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.

Ryhope : An Out and Return ride along Nat. Cycle Route 1 from Castle Eden
distance 37.73km Vertical gain +170m Vertical drop -170m Durée 2 hr Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Castle Eden - Durham

A flat out and return along National Cycle Route 1, starting from Castle Eden and going North to Ryhope, then returning via the same route. This is a companion ride to Castle Eden Walkway : https://www.visorando.co.uk/walk-castle-... although not as scenic.

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.

Bede' Way Walk Section 5 - Whitburn to Seaburn Park
distance 2.18km Vertical gain +6m Vertical drop -23m Durée 0h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way is a 12 mile walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This section begins at Whitburn with a stroll through the village and into Cornthwaite Park before following the seafront to Seaburn Park

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 Quarry Loop ( Download : )
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 Wingate Loop ( Download : )
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.

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.

distance 4.37km Vertical gain +46m Vertical drop -48m Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way is a 12 mile walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This section begins in South Shields and finishes at Whitburn Hall passing Cleadon Hills and Windmill.

England Coast Path - Souter Lighthouse to Roker
distance 7.87km Vertical gain +6m Vertical drop -9m Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section begins at Souter Lighthouse and follows the England Coast Path through Whitburn and Seaburn to Roker. The England Coast Path itself runs along the cliff tops and is a narrow footpath from Souter Lighthouse to South Bents where it joins the main public footpath. From there, the promenade can be followed to Roker. The end of this section overlaps with the Weardale Way allowing walkers who have arrived from Weardale to continue their walk.

distance 2.89km Vertical gain +10m Vertical drop -7m Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way is a walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This section begins at St Paul's and follows the River Don.

Walking Hartlepool Headland Loop ( Download : )
distance 4.83km Vertical gain +11m Vertical drop -11m Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Headland - Hartlepool

This walk follows the promenade around the historic Hartlepool Headland including St Hilda's Church and the Heugh Gun Battery. Perfect for a stroll on a sunny day. Look out for information boards with the infamous Hartlepool Monkey.

distance 8.12km Vertical gain +5m Vertical drop -10m Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Headland - Hartlepool

This section of the England Coast Path is a varied section, starting on the historic headland, it then follows main roads through modern developments to the marina and on to the seafront at Seaton Carew. The route passes some of the highlights of Hartlepool which are well worth slight diversions.