Apollo Pavillion Circular from Peterlee Town Centre

This fully accessible walk starts and ends at the town centre and winds its way through residentaial areas passing Shotton Hall, Victor Pasmore's Apollo Pavillion and several parks.

Technical sheet
No. 21773238
A Peterlee walk posted on 09/05/22 by sarahhcfe. Update : 09/05/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h55[?]
Distance Distance : 3.95mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 125ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 125ft
Highest point Highest point : 449ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 299ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Peterlee
Starting point Starting point : N 54.759149° / W 1.336536°
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(D/A) From the bus station/Eden Bar, walk towards the traffic lights and turn left. Follow the footpath along the roadside.

(1) At the roundabout, turn left onto Passfield Way passing Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church on your right, cross the road and turn into Grampian Drive. Continue down Grampian Drive until you reach Wadham Road on your left, take the path directly opposite the junction (northwest) and follow the path behind the houses.

(2) When you reach the gates to Woodhouse Park, turn left (west) and follow the path behind the houses to Howletch Lane Primary School, turn right and walk alongside the school fence.

(3) When you reach a footpath into the school on your right, take the path to your left between the houses, cross Pennine Drive and continue on the path between the houses. This will meet with a path running alongside the A19, turn left (south), continue along this path until you emerge in Old Shotton, the Royal George pub will be on your left and the Black Bull on your right.

(4) After 100m you should see the entrance to Shotton Hall on your left, if the gates are open, enter the grounds of Shotton Hall and follow the road to the hall. At the car park exit, you will see a footpath on your right, take this path which will emerge on Passfield Way. Cross the road ind Durham Way and continue walking south. Note: if the gates to Shotton Hall are closed, contine walking down The Green until you reach the roundabout, turn left and walk along Passfield Way until you reach the junction with Durham Way, turn right and walk down Durham Way.

(5) After 300m, turn left (east) onto a footpath which runs behnd the houses. Continue on this footpath until it reaches Bywell Drive, continue in an easterly direction until you reach Oakerside Drive.

(6) Turn left and continue along Oakerside Drive. This becomes Sunny Blunts, turn left Sunny Blunts flats (19-29), walk past the garages, then turn right at the end of the garages to pick up another path, turn left onto this path. After about 50m you will see the viewing platform for the Apollo Pavillion. Continue for another 20m and then turn left.

(7) Follow the path underneath the Apollo Pavillion then turn right, follow the path keeping right back to the town centre. This follows the edge of the wooded area and passes Sunny Blunts Park the cricket ground on the left. The path then turns north, then west, then north and then northeast, stay on this bearing until you reach Burnhope Way. Turn right and then right again at the traffic lights back to the bus station (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 325ft - Bus Station
1 : mi 0.26 - alt. 348ft - Roundabout
2 : mi 0.77 - alt. 400ft - Woodhouse Park
3 : mi 1 - alt. 413ft - School Entrance
4 : mi 1.67 - alt. 436ft - Entrance to Shotton Hall
5 : mi 2.05 - alt. 449ft - Start of Footpath on Durham Way
6 : mi 2.57 - alt. 348ft - End of Footpath on Oakerside Drive
7 : mi 2.8 - alt. 341ft - Apollo Pavillion
D/A : mi 3.95 - alt. 325ft - Bus Station

Useful Information

Transport: Park in one of the town centre car parks, please check before you leave, some of these are pay and display, some are free but with time limits of 2 or 3 hours. Alternatively, the walk starts and ends at the bus station connected to all major towns in the North East.

Facilities: There are public toilets in Castle Dene shopping centre, and a large number of cafes in the town centre and across the road from the traffic lights. There are toilets at Woodhouse Park and a picnic area. Halfway through the walk you will find the Royal George and the Black Bull at Shotton, both serve food.

Accessibility: This walk has been planned to be fully accessible, all paths are paved. There are some inclines, but these are gentle.

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

  • Woodhouse Park
  • Shotton Hall Grounds, the ground are open Monday to Friday during office hours and on weekends if there is an event as Shotton Hall is a popular wedding venue.
  • Passmore's Apollo Pavillion

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