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Lambton Estate Circular Walk
distance 6.18mi Vertical gain +341ft Vertical drop -364ft Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bournmoor - Tyne and Wear

An easy circular walk around the historic Lambton Estate.

distance 5.25mi Vertical gain +36ft Vertical drop -131ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Little Lumley - Tyne and Wear

This short section of the Weardale Way winds through Biddick Woods and along both banks of the River Wear giving views of the Victoria Viaduct. It is gently downhill or level for most of the route and paved for most of the way making it a good walk after rain. There are a number of pubs along the river to while away a wet afternoon or enjoy a summer drink at the end of the walk.

Walking Coalfield Way ( Download : )
distance 9.76mi Vertical gain +377ft Vertical drop -384ft Durée 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hetton - Tyne and Wear

The Coalfield Way is no longer a designated Long Distance Footpath, but still affords some spectacular views across former mining villages. The circular route passes through 2 country parks, Rainton Meadows and Hetton Lyons which are worth spending some time in. The route includes a climb from Rainton Meadows to Moorsley after which the route becomes more level. To enjoy the country parks, this could be enjoyed as a full day excursion.

Walking Cocken Wood Loop ( Download : )
Cocken Wood Loop
distance 0.77mi Vertical gain +105ft Vertical drop -105ft Durée 0h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Framwellgate Moor - Durham

This short walk gives some wonderful views of Finchale Priory (English Heritage). It is especially nice in summer when the slow walk through the woods is cooling under the trees. This is one of my favourite places, an idyllic stretch of the River Wear.

distance 5.62mi Vertical gain +282ft Vertical drop -236ft Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Framwellgate Moor - Durham

This section begins at Finchale Priory with a climb up through Cocken Woods, it then passess through Great Lumley before crossing farmland down to the river. The path then circles Lumley Castle and then follows Lumley Park Beck to Fencehouses. This section includes steep climbs as well as farm tracks and stiles.

distance 4.87mi Vertical gain +161ft Vertical drop -249ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section of the English Coast Path starts by crossing the Northern Spire Bridge and then follows the northern bank of the River Wear passing the Queen Alexandra Bridge, Stadium of Light and Wearmouth Bridge where it rejoins the original Weardale Way path around the marina to the end of the walk at Roker. This walk passes remnants of the ship building industry along the Wear and new developments such as the Northern Spire Bridge and Sunderland university Campus.

distance 3.82mi Vertical gain +131ft Vertical drop -220ft Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This urban section of the English Coast Path passes through Pallion and Deptford, the center of shipbuilding on the Wear. There is plenty of evidence left of this industry, The route slightly deviates from the original Weardale Way route to follow the new A1231 route passing the recently reinstated Doxford Shipyard Gate.

Walking Durham Riverbank Walk ( Download : )
distance 4.43mi Vertical gain +154ft Vertical drop -167ft Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This is a relaxing walk around the River Wear in Durham City. The footpaths are mostly paved making this suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Where there are steps, alternatives have been provided. There are some lovely visitas from which the castle and cathedral can be viewed.

Walking Views of Durham ( Download : )
distance 3.06mi Vertical gain +177ft Vertical drop -151ft Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This walk starts in Durham City Centre, but takes a more unusual path around the city affording views of the castle and cathedral from several view points. The walk descends from the Market Place to the river bank and then passes the law courts and prison, Durham University, Durham School, then passes the listed buildings on South Street before returning to the start via the new Riverwalk Development.

distance 1.74mi Vertical gain +72ft Vertical drop -75ft Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This loop will take you around the peninsula giving great views of Durham Castle, Cathedral and the River Wear. This relatively flat and therefore suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

distance 2.56mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -112ft Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This short, relatively flat walk loops around the River Wear from the Boathouse to Maiden Castle and back along the other side of the river giving views of the castle and cathedral and plenty of places for a picnic. This walk is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

distance 4.79mi Vertical gain +95ft Vertical drop -220ft Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This walk, around Durham area, is easy to access allowing interesting heritage discoveries.

distance 2.3mi Vertical gain +13ft Vertical drop -33ft Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

A walk through the conservation area of Ashbrooke in Sunderland including many fine buildings, Mowbray Park, Backhouse Park and finishing at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

distance 3.46mi Vertical gain +121ft Vertical drop -89ft Durée 1h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This England Coast Path section starts in Sunderland City Centre and picks up the route in Hendon following a mostly urban route for the first half of the walk which then turns down to the cliff tops for the remainder of the walk to Ryhope. On this route you will see many new developments, including the A1018 which the route follows

Walking Durham University Loop ( Download : )
distance 1.59mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -112ft Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This short walk around the university showcases the best the campus has to offer. It is suitable for a lunchtime walk for staff and students, and for a longer walk taking in the Botanical Gardens and Oriental Museum. The walk is accessible, but be ready for a steep climb through the Botanical Gardens.

distance 4.09mi Vertical gain +72ft Vertical drop -112ft Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section starts along the cliff tops at Ryhope and then drops down to Ryhope Dene eventually arriving at Seaham Hall Beach. The section then continues along Seaham Promenade to the National Trust managed land at Noses Point. This walk gives a good contrast between the rugged cliff tops and traditional seaside town.

Walking Bearpark ( Download : )
distance 4.74mi Vertical gain +148ft Vertical drop -144ft Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Brandon and Byshottles - Durham

On the western outskirts of Durham. Good pathways through a mixture of the farming and industrial landscape.

Walking Durham Loop ( Download : )
distance 3.82mi Vertical gain +203ft Vertical drop -187ft Durée 1h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This walk takes in the main visitor attractions in Durham, starting from the Howlands Park and Ride, visiting the Oriental Museum, Botanical Gardens, Castle, Cathedral and Market Place. There are some steep hills, but a bus can be caught from Elvet back to the Park and Ride.

distance 4.95mi Vertical gain +154ft Vertical drop -531ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Esh - 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.

distance 3.31mi Vertical gain +151ft Vertical drop -79ft Durée 1h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This riverside section of the England Coast Path follows the mouth of the Wear from Roker to Hendon finishing at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in the city centre. The Wear was famous for its shipbuilding, all now long gone, but its religious past and glass making industry are still present. Alongside new developments the changing face of Sunderland is very evident in this walk.

distance 1.52mi Vertical gain +33ft Vertical drop -13ft Durée 0h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way is a walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This section begins at Seaburn Park before passing through Roker before finishing at St Peter's Church.

distance 2.71mi Vertical gain +151ft Vertical drop -157ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way is a 12 mile walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This section begins in South Shields and finishes at Whitburn Hall passing Cleadon Hills and Windmill.

distance 1.8mi Vertical gain +33ft Vertical drop -23ft Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way is a walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This section begins at St Paul's and follows the River Don.

distance 1.35mi Vertical gain +20ft Vertical drop -75ft Durée 0h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

Bede's way is a 12 mile walk linking the twin monastic sites of St Paul's in Jarrow and St Peter's at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. The walk is split into 6 easily walked sections which can be walked individually or all together. So why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and explore the North East's religious heritage. This section begins at Whitburn with a stroll through the village and into Cornthwaite Park before following the seafront to Seaburn Park

distance 5.35mi Vertical gain +269ft Vertical drop -289ft Durée 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This walk is a little more challenging and includes some steep gradients but finishes with a more leisurely walk along the river banks in the city itself finishing at Brown's Boat House next to Elvet Bridge. Along the way the route passes several farms, Croxdale Hall with its Chapel and Shincliffe Hall. These are closed to the public but make good route points.

England Coast Path - Souter Lighthouse to Roker
distance 4.89mi Vertical gain +20ft Vertical drop -30ft Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section begins at Souter Lighthouse and follows the England Coast Path through Whitburn and Seaburn to Roker. The England Coast Path itself runs along the cliff tops and is a narrow footpath from Souter Lighthouse to South Bents where it joins the main public footpath. From there, the promenade can be followed to Roker. The end of this section overlaps with the Weardale Way allowing walkers who have arrived from Weardale to continue their walk.

Walking Wingate Quarry Loop ( Download : )
distance 4.8mi Vertical gain +144ft Vertical drop -144ft Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Trimdon Foundry - Durham

This walk takes in Wingate Quarry Nature Reserve and Wingate Welfare Park with its football pitch, bowling green, play park and woodland walk. The walk first follows a green lane and passes through the site of Wingate Grange pit, then on the return follows the track of the old Wingate railway line.

distance 3.01mi Vertical gain +46ft Vertical drop -30ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This walk mixes the urban landscapes of Newcastle with the beautiful Jesmond Dene. Visit a ruined chapel, holy well and city centre museum to finish the walk.

distance 2.78mi Vertical gain +26ft Vertical drop -26ft Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This short, flat walk is easy to do with children. It can be broken up with activities, but be aware there are no railings on the north side of the pier.

distance 3.13mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -75ft Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tyne and Wear

This section starts in the busy seaside town of South Shields and winds along the cliff tops to Souter Lighthouse (National Trust). The section starts on the South Shields promenade and then follows a gravel footpath suitable for cycles, wheelchairs and pushchairs. This then turns to a narrower footpath at Marsden roundabout, however there is an alternative pavement along the road for those who need a flatter surface.The route then passes Marsden Grotto and final arrives at Souter Lighthouse.

distance 11.1mi Vertical gain +299ft Vertical drop -325ft Durée 5h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hutton Henry - Durham

This trail traces the history of mining in the villages around Station Town, Wingate, Trimdon Station, Wheatley Hill, and Thornley. The route is marked by disks.

Walking Wingate Loop ( Download : )
distance 3.59mi Vertical gain +141ft Vertical drop -141ft Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hutton Henry - Durham

Easy walk around Wingate area. Look out for the Miner's Trail sculptures.