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Harter Fell and Grassholme from Middleton-in-Teesdale
distance 7.71mi Vertical gain +784ft Vertical drop -784ft Durée 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

This North Pennine walk inlcudes Harter Fell and Grassholme Reservoir and a section of the Pennine Way. The start is Middleton-in-Teesdale and the walk includes a variety of scenery. Descending into the Lune Valley the walk continues alongside Grassholme Reservoir before using a section of old railway track back to the start.

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.

High Force and Upper Teesdale: A Circular Walk
distance 8.87mi Vertical gain +971ft Vertical drop -968ft Durée 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

A lovely circular walk with a variety of interest. From the popular waterfall of High Force through upland pasture and then the more desolate upland landscape of Thistle Green before descending to the River Tees and following its course with a final leg through farmland.

Bowes Museum to Egglestone Abbey: Circular walk beside the River Tees
distance 3.72mi Vertical gain +144ft Vertical drop -174ft Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Barnard Castle - Durham

A short and enjoyable walk from Bowes Museum to Egglestone Abbey, following the River Tees. At the time of writing (July 21) Bowes Museum is still operating a time ticket entry. If you time your visit correctly you can combine a visit to the museum followed by the walk or vice versa. Please note the gates to the museum close at 5:00. If you think you will arrive back later then park your car outside the museum grounds.

High Force Hotel : High and Low Force Waterfalls
distance 4.69mi Vertical gain +302ft Vertical drop -302ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Newbiggin - Durham

Easy and circular walk around High and Low Force Waterfalls.

High Cup Nick from Cow Green Reservoir
distance 12.96mi Vertical gain +902ft Vertical drop -912ft Durée 6h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

This is a fairly undemanding walk through a wild North Pennine landscape. The route visits two outstanding natural features - High Cup Nick and Cauldron Snout - using a section of the Pennine Way. There are no route finding issues even in poor visibility.

distance 7.95mi Vertical gain +732ft Vertical drop -679ft Durée 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hunderthwaite - Durham

This Durham walk explores the area made famous by Hannah Hauxwell. The landscape is wild and never boring and this walk uses the Pennine Way for exploration.

distance 18.75mi Vertical gain +1306ft Vertical drop -1325ft Durée 9h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

A lovely circular walk around Cronkley Scar via High Force.

Walking Hudeshope Beck & Aukside ( Download : )
distance 2.53mi Vertical gain +331ft Vertical drop -325ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

Nice and circular walk passing by Hudeshope Beck & Aukside.

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.

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.

distance 7.56mi Vertical gain +512ft Vertical drop -535ft Durée 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Mickleton - Durham

A walk in the North Pennines using a section of disused railway, moorland paths and tracks. The route traverses scenery typical of the area with some views across Teesdale also to be enjoyed.

distance 5.67mi Vertical gain +1112ft Vertical drop -1119ft Durée 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Stanhope - Durham

The North Pennines offer some of the wildest landscapes in England. This route explores the hills and moors to the north of Wearhead. A short section of the Weardale Way is also included.

distance 10.11mi Vertical gain +1079ft Vertical drop -1083ft Durée 5h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Newbiggin - Durham

A circular walk from Bowlees. Following the river Tees downstream to Middleton-in Teesdale before climbing out through open moorland via the mysterious corpse of ancient Kircarrion, with wonderful views over Lunedale before descending the dramatic Holwick scar back to base.

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 River Greta Circular ( Download : )
distance 7.13mi Vertical gain +338ft Vertical drop -331ft Durée 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Brignall - Durham

A picturesque walk along the river Greta, abounds with history and nature.

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.

Walking Tees Circular ( Download : )
Tees Circular
distance 7.49mi Vertical gain +577ft Vertical drop -607ft Durée 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Newbiggin - Durham

This Tees circular walk from Bowlees takes in the spectacular scenery of Teesdale, Low Force, the Iconic view of High Force, the geographically famous Holwick Scars and views of the Royal residency at Holwick Lodge.

Walking Lunedale and Baldersdale ( Download : )
distance 15.68mi Vertical gain +1503ft Vertical drop -1503ft Durée 8h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

Circular walk passing by Lunedale and Baldersdale.

Walking Coldberry and High Force ( Download : )
distance 16.12mi Vertical gain +1434ft Vertical drop -1444ft Durée 8h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

Nice circular walk around Coldberry and High Force.

distance 3.56mi Vertical gain +246ft Vertical drop -246ft Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Holwick - Durham

Circular walk around Holwick, Low Force and Gibson's Cave.

distance 6.81mi Vertical gain +574ft Vertical drop -574ft Durée 3h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Mickleton - Durham

Easy circular walk through Teesdale Railway Path and Romaldkirk Moor.

distance 5.56mi Vertical gain +443ft Vertical drop -446ft Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

Circular walk passing by High Hurth Edge and the Upper Tees Valley.

Walking Crossthwaite Common ( Download : )
distance 9.71mi Vertical gain +1102ft Vertical drop -1109ft Durée 5h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

A walk combining the rugged moorland of Harter Fell and Crossthwaite Common with the beauty of Holwick Scars and the pastures alongside the River Tees.

Walking Hudeshope Beck ( Download : )
distance 5.41mi Vertical gain +607ft Vertical drop -587ft Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

A walk with lovely views in this beautiful peaceful dale following Hudeshope Beck up past the old lime kilns, over the miners bridge, through the wood and fields to Coldberry mine, then back down the beck on the other side.

Derwent Reservoir : an out and return walk
distance 6.87mi Vertical gain +131ft Vertical drop -138ft Durée 3h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Edmondbyers - Durham

An easy ramble around Derwent Reservoir from Pow Hill Country Park to the Millstone Picnic area and back. Very easy walking, well signposted and with well maintained paths. Popular with day trippers, take a picnic.

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.

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.

Bales Hush art installation
distance 4.33mi Vertical gain +666ft Vertical drop -663ft Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Newbiggin - Durham

An easy walk from the Bowlees Car Park / Visitor Centre up to Bales Hush and the art installation called Hush.

distance 3.51mi Vertical gain +230ft Vertical drop -236ft Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

An easy walk in the North Pennines this walk visits one of the waterfalls on the upper Tees. The walk can easily be extended to visit the limestone crags of Falcon Clints by using the Pennine Way.