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Castle Eden Dene Full Circular Walk
distance 8.82mi Vertical gain +525ft Vertical drop -499ft Durée 4h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Castle Eden - Durham

The full tour of Castle Eden Dene taking in all the best parts with varied and interesting scenery:- Old buildings, open country, ancient woodland, the North East coastline, a magnesium limestone dene with its craggy outcrops, a meandering river and steep-sided gorge. There is a multitude of flora and fauna; if you are quiet you may see squirrels and/or deer. Starts and finished near the Castle Eden Inn which is well known for its good beer and good food.

Castle Eden Walkway from Castle Eden
distance 20.35mi Vertical gain +299ft Vertical drop -289ft Durée 1.5 hrs Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Castle Eden - Durham

An flat out and return along the Castle Eden Walkway, starting from Castle Eden and going South to the old railway station at Thorpe Thewles, then returning via the same route. This follows the national cycle way route 1 and in most parts is easy to follow.

Usually done on a bicycle but can be walked. Interesting scenery and also alternative diversions if on foot.

Walking Nesbitt Dene ( Download : )
distance 6.06mi Vertical gain +522ft Vertical drop -531ft Durée 3h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Castle Eden - Durham

A short and relatively easy walk which explores the lesser known Durham Denes that lie to the south of Castle Eden Dene.

Ryhope : An Out and Return ride along Nat. Cycle Route 1 from Castle Eden
distance 23.45mi Vertical gain +558ft Vertical drop -558ft Durée 2 hr Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Castle Eden - Durham

A flat out and return along National Cycle Route 1, starting from Castle Eden and going North to Ryhope, then returning via the same route. This is a companion ride to Castle Eden Walkway : https://www.visorando.co.uk/walk-castle-... although not as scenic.

The Lesser Known Durham Denes and the Coastal Path
distance 12.54mi Vertical gain +505ft Vertical drop -512ft Durée 6h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Castle Eden - Durham

A varied and interesting circular walk from Castle Eden. It starts and finishes near the Castle Eden Inn which is well known for its good beer and good food. Explore the lesser known denes that lie to the south of the village via the disused railway which is now a bridle path and part of the national cycle network. Traverse the coastal path north before dropping to the beach and then heading back via the better known Castle Eden Dene.

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.

distance 4.27mi Vertical gain +223ft Vertical drop -243ft Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Horden - Durham

This section of the England Coast Path continues down the rural areas of County Durham ending at Crimdon passing through Castle Eden Dene and Crimdon Dene finishing at a popular holiday park. There are nature reserves and rock formations to explore along with long sandy beaches and sand dunes. This section has some steep inclines and steps and is therefore not accessible.

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 3.52mi Vertical gain +233ft Vertical drop -325ft Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Easington Colliery - Durham

This section of the England Coast Path/Durham Heritage Coast Path is another rural section which covers several denes creating an undulating walk along dirt footpaths.

distance 4.74mi Vertical gain +43ft Vertical drop -131ft Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Monk Hesleden - Durham

This section of the England Coast Path begins at the popular holiday park at Crimdon and follows a more urban route to the historic Hartlepool Headland finishing at the old town walls.

distance 3.32mi Vertical gain +148ft Vertical drop -69ft Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Seaham - Durham

This section follows the Durham Heritage Coast path along the cliff tops from Seaham to Easington Colliery. This is a rural section passing Hawthorn Dene and Beacon Hill providing stunning views out to sea and finishing with a visit to the Pit Cage Monument at Easington Colliery.

distance 5.04mi Vertical gain +16ft Vertical drop -33ft Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Headland - Hartlepool

This section of the England Coast Path is a varied section, starting on the historic headland, it then follows main roads through modern developments to the marina and on to the seafront at Seaton Carew. The route passes some of the highlights of Hartlepool which are well worth slight diversions.

distance 3.6mi Vertical gain +20ft Vertical drop -20ft Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hartlepool

This walk starts at the Clock Tower in Seaton Carew and follows a rural path around Seaton Snook. It follows the Hartlepool Borough Council suggested walk Seaton Snook Stroll, but if combined with other sections of the England Coast Path continue West at (5)

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.

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.

distance 5.04mi Vertical gain +39ft Vertical drop -13ft Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hartlepool

This section of the path winds its way through the industrial Teesmouth area which surprisingly is littered with marshes and nature reserves including RSPB Salthome. A relatively easy path, mostly paved and flat with opportunities to stop and view seals from the specially built hides.

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.

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.