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

Must See

city of Durham, Bowes Museum, remote high Pennine moors and valleys, High Force on the upper Tees, coastline walks
11 Feb 2015
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
  • Overview

    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
  • Contents

    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
    Walking Routes
    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
    Railway Paths
    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

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written extensively for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television. 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, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.

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