Family circular walk around the Western area of Darlington

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.

Technical sheet
No. 3496911
A Darlington walk posted on 30/06/20 by woody121. Update : 06/07/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h40[?]
Distance Distance : 7.88mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 79ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 85ft
Highest point Highest point : 210ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 115ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Darlington
Starting point Starting point : N 54.533831° / W 1.57866°
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D/A:: Take the road out of the car park and turn left along a terrace of houses just before the main road. Walk along the row of terraced houses on leaving the car park.

(1) Turn left onto lane at the end of village green and follow to B6279.

(2) Turn right where there is pavement on either side of the road.

(3) At Mowden Bridge, take the footpath to the left to follow Baydale Beck.

(4) Stay in the wooded area leaving Baydale Beck at the footbridge following footpath until you reach the junction

(5) Turn right at the junction and follow footpath until you rejoin Baydale Beck. Follow Baydale Beck to come out at the A67.

(6) Turn left at the A67 (you can turn right for a few hundred meters to take refreshment / food at the Baydale beck inn if required ) passing Tees cottage pumping station on the right until you reach the Broken Scar Picnic area.

(7) Turn right through the picnic area. Enter the weir and follow the well defined footpath to the road junction

(8) Turn left at the road junction and left again at the A67 junction.

(9) Continue over the roundabout on the A67.

(10) Turn left into well signposted lane following the cemetery. Continue along the track to reach Edinburgh Drive and turn right.

(11) Turn left into the lane and follow round via reservoirs and pumping station. Keep to footpath until you cross another footpath and end of a small park. Turn left here and rejoin your outwards route back along Baydale Beck to the end of the walk . (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 174ft - Free car parking behind Cockerton shopping complex
1 : mi 0.16 - alt. 174ft - Terrace houses facing Cockerton Green
2 : mi 0.27 - alt. 167ft - Junction at B627 road
3 : mi 0.81 - alt. 171ft - Mowden Bridge spanning Baydale Back
4 : mi 1.61 - alt. 171ft - Woodland Footpath
5 : mi 1.82 - alt. 177ft - Woodland Footpath
6 : mi 2.1 - alt. 151ft - A67 Darlington to Barnard Castle road
7 : mi 2.41 - alt. 164ft - Broken scar picnic area
8 : mi 4.06 - alt. 164ft - Road junction
9 : mi 4.56 - alt. 167ft - Elm Ridge Garden Centre
10 : mi 4.89 - alt. 210ft - Cemetery Lane
11 : mi 5.58 - alt. 174ft - Lane
D/A : mi 7.88 - alt. 174ft - Free car parking behind Cockerton shopping complex

Useful Information

  • Easy paced walk, good footpaths throughout
  • Could be completed in any practical footwear, but prefer boots if recent or forecast rain
  • Cockerton Village high street has a variety of shops and cafes
  • You can shorten the walk in bad weather by staying on the A 67 at (10), this will take you directly back to Cockerton Village

(9) On your left, just before the roundabout, is Elm road Garden centre with an excellent cafe for tea and cakes.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Baydale Beck is a nature reserve, you often see deer, foxes and a variety of birds.

You can call in the Baydale Inn, just a little off route.

Broken scar Pumping museum is well worth the visit if you like old steam machines.

Broken scar picnic area is a good place to take a break.

The weir is also a good place to take a break, on hot days even take a dip, or just refresh the feet.

Elm Ridge Garden Centre has an excellent cafe with great homemade cakes.

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