Weardale Way Short Section - Fencehouses to Cox Green

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.

Technical sheet
No. 18212935
A Little Lumley walk posted on 02/01/22 by sarahhcfe. Update : 10/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h25[?]
Distance Distance : 5.25mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 36ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 131ft
Highest point Highest point : 157ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 16ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Little Lumley
Starting point Starting point : N 54.851006° / W 1.517566°
Arrival Arrival : N 54.880434° / W 1.515594°
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(D) With the Floaters Mill Pub, behind you turn left and walk up the A1052 towards Fencehouses.

(1) Just before the road junction turn left onto the footpath and follow this straight ahead until you reach Lambton Lane.
Cross the road and continue to follow the path in a north-easterly direction. When the path branches bear left following the path in a northerly direction until you reach Chester Road (A183).

(2) Walk under Chester Road, turning left along the edge of the road. Go straight ahead. When you reach the track, turn right and follow this bearing right onto the footpath at the fork through Biddick Woods. Go straight ahead, the path will run alongside the Washington Highway and then around the slip road taking you under the Washington Highway at Chatershaugh Bridge.

(3) Stay on the footpath straight ahead which runs behind the houses and emerges onto West Bridge Street then Station Road.

(4) At the junction, cross the road into East Bridge Street. At the end of East Bridge Street, turn left onto the riverside path.
Follow this past Mount Pleasant Park, the River Wear will be on your left and Mount Pleasant Lake on your right. Continue walking following the river passing underneath the Victoria Viaduct until you reach Cox Green.

(5) If you are continuing to the next stage of the Weardale Way, continue on this side of the river.

If you are finishing this stage cross the Cox Green footbridge to the north bank of the River Wear and turn left onto the footpath crossing the Wear river then left again following the Wear River backwards.

(6) From the Model Cow, follow the access road under the Victoria Viaduct and carry on along the river back to East Bridge at Fatfield.(A)

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 128ft - Floaters Mill Pub
1 : mi 0.17 - alt. 141ft - Road Junction
2 : mi 1.03 - alt. 157ft - Chester Road
3 : mi 2.44 - alt. 16ft - Chartershaugh Bridge
4 : mi 2.73 - alt. 23ft - Station Road
5 : mi 3.97 - alt. 23ft - Cox Green Footbridge
6 : mi 4.53 - alt. 52ft - Model Cow
A : mi 5.25 - alt. 26ft - Biddick Inn

Useful Information

  • Transport: Park in the bays in Old Station Road (or you could ask for permission to park in the Floater's Mill car park if you are intending to eat here on your return. There is also parking near the Victoria Viaduct and Fatfield if you intend to do the walk in reverse. Bus number Go North East Connections 4 service departs from Worm Hill Terrace next to the Biddick Inn and stops near the Floaters Mill, Fire Station Stop (the fire station no longer exists).
  • Facilities: Refreshments can be taken at Floaters Mill (Fencehouses), Oddfellows Arms (Cox Green) or at Fatfield where there are a number of pubs and restaurants.
  • Accessibility: The majority of this route is on paved sections and could be tackled by most. However there may be some kissing gates or squeeze gates which may pose a problem.

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

  • Mount Pleasant Park
  • Victoria Viaduct
  • River Wear Views

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