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.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Park in the Prince Bishops Car Park, Take the stairs/lift to the Shopping Level.
(D/A) Walk to the Market Place and then exit the Market Place via St Nicholas Church.
(1) There are steps to the left of the church and a ramp to the right and behind the church. You will now be on the riverbank. Turn right and walk towards the Passport Office and Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre.
(2) Take the footpath directly opposite Freeman's Quay, and cross the footbridge. The Radisson Hotel will be directly in front of you, turn left and walk along the riverbank. You will see Milburngate Bridge (road bridge), Framwellgate Bridge, walk under both until you reach the 3rd bridge, Prebends Bridge.
(3) Cross this bridge and turn right. Continue to walk along the path, making sure you see the Count's House. Continue to follow the riverside footpath, you should see the remains of the city wall to your left and then pass under Kingsgate Bridge. The Durham University Student Union building is on your right. Continue along this footpath until you reach the boathouse. You are now back at the base of the Prince Bishops Car Park. There are stairs and lifts from the Boathouse to all levels of the car park.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 151ft - Prince Bishops Car Park
1 : mi 0.08 - alt. 164ft - St Nicholas Church/Market Place
2 : mi 0.35 - alt. 108ft - Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre
3 : mi 1.04 - alt. 184ft - Prebends Bridge
D/A : mi 1.74 - alt. 151ft - Prince Bishops Car Park/Boathouse
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
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.
An easy circular walk around the historic Lambton Estate.
A short and relatively easy walk which explores the lesser known Durham Denes that lie to the south of Castle Eden Dene.
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.
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.
A walk suitable for all ages, good well preserved footpaths, nature reserve, museum on the route, watching trout jump the weir on the river Tess, good opportunities for pub food and cafe snacks.
For more walks, use our search engine.
The GPS track and description are the property of the author.