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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.

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 : )
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

distance 4.5km Vertical gain +7m Vertical drop -6m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stockton-on-Tees

This urban section runs through the heart of industrial Middlesbrough starting at the dock and ending at the Imperial Park Anaerobic Plant. The section is short and can be combined with other sections of the England Coast Path or a visit to Middlesbrough town centre.