Walking in County Durham
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Guidebook offering detailed descriptions of 40 day walks, plus 10 traffic-free cycle routes along old railway trackbeds. Together they cover 450 miles and spread all over County Durham to show the region's history and natural wonders. The terrain covered ranges from field paths to open moorlands, from the North Sea to the high Pennines.
- all year round
- Durham, Carlington, Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle, Stanhope, Consett, Seaham
- half- to full-day mostly circular routes; some on high moorland but not difficult
- Must See
- city of Durham, Bowes Museum, remote high Pennine moors and valleys, High Force on the upper Tees, coastline walks
This popular guidebook to walking and cycling in County Durham, in the north east of England, describes 450 miles of walking routes and cycleways. There are 40 day-walks, ranging between 5 and 24km in length, as well as 10 cycle paths along old railway lines.
County Durham - the Land of the Prince-Bishops - lies between two mighty rivers - the Tyne to the north and the Tees to the south, stretching from the high Pennines in the west to the cliffs of the east coast. The routes explore all corners of this varied and historic landscape - wild moorlands, gentle countryside, riverside walks, nature reserves, heritage sites, railway paths and the low cliff coast, passing Roman forts, ancient churches and castles. And, on the high Pennines, vast tracts of wild moorland are now 'open access'. The guide is illustrated with OS mapping and colour photographs and packed with local information on the wildlife, geology, history and industrial heritage of the county.
- includes practical information for every route - from distance and terrain information, to where to find the nearest cafe or pub, and how local transport links
- all the walking routes are circular, while the cycle tracks follow linear railway paths
- plenty of information to enhance exploring County Durham; from geology and wildlife to local history and culture
Getting to County Durham
Getting around County Durham
Flowers and Animals
Access to the Countryside
What’s the Walking Like?
What’s the Cycling Like?
Walking and the Weather
Tourist Information and Visitor Centres
How to Use this Guidebook
1 Durham City and the River Wear
2 Bearpark, Broompark and Brandon
3 Dipton and Hamsterley Mill
4 Beamish and Causey
5 Ouston and Urpeth
6 Lumley Castle and Great Lumley
7 Durham Coast Path
8 Castle Eden Dene
9 Wingate and Station Town
10 Cassop and Quarrington
11 Sedgefield and Hardwick Hall
12 Middleton One Row and Girsby
13 Low and High Coniscliffe
14 Gainford and Piercebridge
15 Cockfield Fell and Butterknowle
16 Woodland and Copley
17 Staindrop and Cleatlam
18 Greta Bridge and Brignall Banks
19 Tan Hill and Sleightholme Moor
20 Bowes and Bowes Moor
21 Barnard Castle and the Tees
22 Cotherstone and Romaldkirk
23 Tees Railway Walk
24 Middleton and Monk’s Moor
25 Middleton and Grassholme
26 Low Force and High Force
27 Holwick and Hagworm Hill
28 Mickle Fell via the Boundary Route
29 Cronkley Fell
30 Cow Green and Widdybank Fell
31 Cow Green and Herdship Fell
32 Bishop Auckland and Binchester
33 Circuit of Crook
34 Wolsingham and Frosterley
35 Wolsingham and Tunstall Reservoir
36 Stanhope and Stanhope Dene
37 Westgate, Middlehope and Rookhope
38 Chapelfell Top and Noon Hill
39 Cowshill, Killhope and Allenheads
40 Edmundbyers and Edmundbyers Common
1 National Route 1
2 Haswell to Hart Walk
3 Yellow Brick Road
4 The Waskerley Way
5 Derwent Valley Railway Path
6 Consett and Sunderland Railway Path
7 Lanchester Valley Railway Path
8 Deerness Valley Railway Path
9 Brandon to Bishop Auckland Walk
10 Auckland Way
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Useful contacts
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States.View Articles and Books by Paddy Dillon
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