Way of Light Saints Trail Short Section - Ushaw College to 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.

Technical sheet
No. 18034498
A Esh walk posted on 26/12/21 by sarahhcfe. Update : 10/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h25[?]
Distance Distance : 7.97km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 47m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 162m
Highest point Highest point : 183m
Lowest point Lowest point : 39m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Esh
Starting point Starting point : N 54.785983° / W 1.662559°
Arrival Arrival : N 54.77378° / W 1.576938°
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(D) Follow the path from the front of Ushaw College around the right-hand side of the building and follow the track north past another building.

(1) When you reach the junction with a number of paths, choose the one which runs in a north-easterly direction. Follow the path across the fields, cross the stile and continue along the track opposite in the same direction.

(2) When you reach the second style, cross it and turn right onto the Lanchester Valley Walk (the Way of Light continues straight across the track but at the time of writing the path was closed and diversions in place).

(3) Continue along the Lanchester Valley Way, you will cross one track and then turn left at the second. The track will then bear right. Cross the bridge over the River Browney. Here you will see the ruins of Beaurepaire Priory. This is also the point where you will rejoin the Way of Light path. Bear left and follow the track around the bend, this will then pass through some buildings.

(4) Continue down the track, you will pass another cluster of houses on your left, shortly after this, look for a path on your left. Follow this path along the edge of the fields in an easterly direction, it will then bend sharply to the right continuing in south-easterly direction. The path will eventually turn into Club Lane at the back of Whitesmocks Avenue.

(5) You will emerge onto Whitesmocks (A167). Very carefully cross the road and follow the track opposite behind the houses. You will emerge onto Springfield Park, continue walking straight ahead and then turn right at the junction into Fieldhouse Lane. Then take the next right into Flassburn Road. At the end of the road go through the gate onto the woodland path.

(6) There are a number of paths through the wood, keep to the left path which runs along the back of the houses and allotments. You will then cross Hangman's Hill.

(7) The footpath will emerge on Valeside, turn left following the street and then right at the junction onto Back Western Hill. When you have walked down Back Western Hill you will see the railway viaduct in front of you.

Cross the road in front of the Old County Hospital to Dominoes Pizza. Walk under the viaduct going right, cross the road towards the bus station and then cross the access road to the bus station, you will now be at the top of North Road.

Alternative Route: The official Way of Light requires you to cross the road and follow Station Approach up towards the station, then cross via the footbridge to the top of North Road. This way you only have to cross one road.

(8) Walk down North Road and cross Millburngate Bridge. After the bridge, turn right down the steps onto the riverbank, keeping left walk up the path at the base of the castle. At the end of the large building you should see Windy Gap on your left, a narrow passageway which takes you to the Palace Green and the Cathedral (A).

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 175m - Ushaw College
1 : km 0.74 - alt. 170m - Junction of Paths
2 : km 2.04 - alt. 89m - Style/Lanchester Valley Walk
3 : km 3.17 - alt. 91m - Track Junction to Ruins
4 : km 4.69 - alt. 102m - Track Junction
5 : km 5.72 - alt. 97m - Whitesmocks/A167
6 : km 6.24 - alt. 88m - Path Junction
7 : km 6.59 - alt. 90m - Valeside
8 : km 7.26 - alt. 53m - North Road Methodist Church
A : km 7.97 - alt. 69m - Durham Cathedral

Useful Information

  • Transport: Park in Durham City car parks and take bus Scarlet Band 52 from Stand J in North Road. The bus stops outside Ushaw College Gates. There is also parking at Ushaw College.
  • Facilities: There is a cafe and toilets at Ushaw College and public toilets on the Palace Green at the end of the walk. There is a nice cafe inside the Cathedral and numerous other cafes and restaurants in Durham itself.
  • Accessibility: This route includes paths across fields and a steep climb to the Cathedral

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Ushaw College - check out events and exhibitions on currently or just enjoy the gardens
  • Ruins of Beaurepaire Priory
  • Durham Castle and Cathedral

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