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Harter Fell and Grassholme from Middleton-in-Teesdale
distance 7.71mi Vertical gain +784ft Vertical drop -784ft Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
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.

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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.

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High Force and Upper Teesdale: A Circular Walk
distance 8.87mi Vertical gain +971ft Vertical drop -968ft Durée 4h55 Moderate Moderate
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.

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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.

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High Force Hotel : High and Low Force Waterfalls
distance 4.63mi Vertical gain +331ft Vertical drop -341ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Forest and Frith - Durham

Easy and circular walk around High and Low Force Waterfalls.

Walking Hudeshope Beck ( Download : )
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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.

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

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

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

Nice and circular walk passing by Hudeshope Beck & Aukside.

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High Cup Nick from Cow Green Reservoir
distance 12.96mi Vertical gain +902ft Vertical drop -912ft Durée 6h45 Moderate Moderate
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.

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distance 7.95mi Vertical gain +732ft Vertical drop -679ft Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
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.

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

A lovely circular walk around Cronkley Scar via High Force.

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The Lesser Known Durham Denes and the Coastal Path
distance 12.54mi Vertical gain +505ft Vertical drop -512ft Durée 6h10 Moderate Moderate
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 : )
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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.

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distance 10.11mi Vertical gain +1079ft Vertical drop -1083ft Durée 5h35 Moderate Moderate
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 : )
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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.

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distance 7.56mi Vertical gain +512ft Vertical drop -535ft Durée 3h55 Moderate Moderate
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.

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distance 4.42mi Vertical gain +197ft Vertical drop -217ft Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Lodge - Durham

The path continues along the C2C cycle route then passes through the new village of Rickleton and the old village of Picktree before passing the Lambton estate with its ornate castle then winding its way through the grounds of Lumley Castle on the banks of the Wear.

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distance 4.11mi Vertical gain +3ft Vertical drop -367ft Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Urpeth - Durham

This part of the walk starts at Beamish and follows the C2C cycle route back towards Birtley and Washington through open fields and the outskirts of villages. The walk is downhill for most of the route along hard cycle paths and there is accessible to most.

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distance 3.44mi Vertical gain +217ft Vertical drop -177ft Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stanley - Durham

This walk begins at Causey Arch and ends at Beamish following woodland paths for the majority of the route with one small section across fields linking two historically important locations. Be sure to explore Causey Arch and Tanfield Railway before beginning the walk.

Walking Crimdon Dene Circular ( Download : )
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distance 2.46mi Vertical gain +79ft Vertical drop -82ft Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Monk Hesleden - Durham

This circular walk starts out with a cliff top walk to Limekiln Gill, then follows the main road back to Crimdon Dene passing under the spectacular viaduct and following Crimdon Beck back towards the dunes providing views towards Hartlepool Headland and Steetley Pier.

Walking Blackhall Rocks Circular ( Download : )
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distance 3.13mi Vertical gain +115ft Vertical drop -128ft Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Monk Hesleden - Durham

This circular walk encompasses Blackhall Rocks Nature Reserve and Cross Gill and provides opportunties to explore Blackhall Rocks beach with its caves. The cliffe top walk allows spectacular views of the Durham Coast.

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distance 2.71mi Vertical gain +203ft Vertical drop -207ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Horden - Durham

This circular walk takes in a varied stretch of the Durham coastline and provides views of Denemouth viaduct and access to 2 nature reserves along a stretch of the Durham Coastal Path.

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distance 3.95mi Vertical gain +125ft Vertical drop -125ft Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Peterlee - Durham

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.

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distance 2.8mi Vertical gain +203ft Vertical drop -184ft Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Horden - Durham

This out and back route takes in 3 of the lesser known gills (narrow valleys) along the Durham Coast National Nature Reserve following a short stretch of the England Coast Path/Durham Heritage Coast Path providing stunning views of the coast.

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distance 2.79mi Vertical gain +154ft Vertical drop -161ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Easington Colliery - Durham

This short circular walk passes the Horden Grasslands Local Nature Reserve and Passive Mine Water Treatment Plant then returns via the England Coast Path providing views out out to see.

Walking Durham Parks and Paths ( Download : )
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distance 3.77mi Vertical gain +177ft Vertical drop -194ft Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This circular walk around Durham takes in parks, old streets and a medieval hospital building. There are many viewpoints from which the River Wear, Durham Cathedral and Castle can be viewed. There are many steep climbs giving a really good feel for the hilly nature of Durham.

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distance 4.28mi Vertical gain +33ft Vertical drop -446ft Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Urpeth - Durham

This final stretch of the walk starts at Beamish and follows cycle paths through countryside and villages into Chester-le-Street town centre alongside Chester Burn, finishing at St Mary and St Cuthbert;s Church one of the many churches on the pilgrim walking route.

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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.

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distance 4.8mi Vertical gain +7ft Vertical drop -39ft Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Durham

This section of the Weardale Way follows the loops of the River Wear. It is a tranquil place with many vistas of the river along the way ending at Sunderland Bridge.

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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.

Walking Views of Durham ( Download : )
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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.

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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.

Walking Cocken Wood Loop ( Download : )
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Walking Durham University Loop ( Download : )
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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.

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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.

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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 Durham Riverbank Walk ( Download : )
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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 Wingate Quarry Loop ( Download : )
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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.

Walking Durham Loop ( Download : )
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distance 3.82mi Vertical gain +203ft Vertical drop -187ft Durée 1h55 Moderate Moderate
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.

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distance 11.1mi Vertical gain +299ft Vertical drop -325ft Durée 5h20 Moderate Moderate
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 : )
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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.

Walking Tees Circular ( Download : )
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Tees Circular
distance 7.49mi Vertical gain +577ft Vertical drop -607ft Durée 3h55 Moderate Moderate
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 : )
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distance 15.68mi Vertical gain +1503ft Vertical drop -1503ft Durée 8h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Middleton in Teesdale - Durham

Circular walk passing by Lunedale and Baldersdale.

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

Nice circular walk around Coldberry and High Force.

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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.