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Walking in County Durham

40 walking routes exploring Pennine moors, river valleys and coastal paths

Guidebook offering detailed descriptions of 40 day walks across County Durham. Walks range from 5 to 24km and show off the region's history and natural wonders. The terrain covers field paths and 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
13 Oct 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.20cm

A guidebook to 40 day walks in County Durham, exploring the wild hills and moorland, rolling pastures, riverbanks and coastline of this varied and historic county. With such a range of possibilities, there are walks here for all levels of experience and fitness. 

The walks are circular, except for two that make use of public transport, and range from 5–24km (3–15 miles) in length.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each walk
  • Refreshment and public transport options are given for each walk
  • Information given on local history, geology and wildlife
  • Easy access from Durham, Darlington, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Local points of interest are featured including High Force waterfall, the Tan Hill Inn and Beamish

Table of Contents
Paddy Dillon Cicerone author DILLON

By Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 100 guidebooks to his name and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television.Paddy uses a tablet computer to write as he walks. His descriptions are therefore precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them.Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain's National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US.

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