Waskerley Station to Parkhead Station - Durham Round Trail

This 8th section of the Durham Round Trail walk continues on the Waskerley Way/C2C Cycle Route and gives views across the moorland towards Waskerley Reservoir.

Technical sheet

A Muggleswick walk posted on 20/03/23 by sarahhcfe. Last update : 11/04/23
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
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    Distance: 5.87 km
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    Calculated time: 1h55 
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    Difficulty: Easy

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    Return to departure point: No
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    Vertical gain: + 83 m
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    Vertical drop: - 2 m

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    Highest point: 442 m
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    Lowest point: 359 m
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    District: Muggleswick 
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    Start: N 54.802845° / W 1.922638°
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    End: N 54.783282° / W 1.997458°

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Start : Waskerley Station Picnic Area (DH8 9DZ) Grid ref. NZ 050 453

(S) From the Waskerley Station Picnic Area, join the Waskerley Way/C2C Cycle Route heading West.

(1) After approximately 2 Km you will reach the Waskerley Way Car Park, continue on the cycle path which now turns South-West.

Alternative Route: a single track road leads from the car park on the Waskerley Way down to a second car park by the Reservoir. If you wish to get a closer view, follow this single track road southwest. From the reservoir car park, take the track heading northwest which will rejoin the Waskerley Way at the waypoint (3).

(2) The route will pass through the Frosterley Cut (to keep railway lines level, cuttings were made through rocky landscapes), keep heading South-West. Look to your left for views of Waskerley Reservoir. Continue straight to reach a junction.

(3) At this track junction continue South-West. if you went to visit the reservoir, turn left here to rejoin the cycle path. Otherwise, continue walking for a further 2 Km until you reach Parkhead Station Picnic Area and cafe (E).


  1. S : km 0 - alt. 359 m - Waskerley Station Picnic Area
  2. 1 : km 1.9 - alt. 399 m - Waskerley Way Car Park
  3. 2 : km 2.81 - alt. 408 m - Frosterley Cut
  4. 3 : km 3.75 - alt. 417 m - Track Junction
  5. E : km 5.87 - alt. 440 m - Parkhead Station Picnic Area

Useful Information

Start : Waskerley Station Picnic Area (DH8 9DZ) Grid ref. NZ 050 453

Transport: There is parking at both Waskerley Station Picnic Area and Parkhead Station Picnic Area. There is no transport between the 2 locations so you will need a taxi. Try A1 Cabs or Consett Cars.

Facilities: There are no facilities on this route. Parkhead Station has a cafe as well as a picnic area.

Accessibility: The entire route is on cycle paths and therefore easy walking. The entire stretch however is uphill.

Accommodation: Parkhead Station offers accommodation.

Always stay careful and alert while following a route. Visorando and the author of this walk cannot be held responsible in the event of an accident during this route.

During the walk or to do/see around

The visit down to Waskerly Reservoir is worth the walk. The scenery here is very different to that passed on the route so far, being open moorland. This and the previous few sections have steadily climbed towards the Pennines.

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