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Countryside events and guided walks


County Durham has some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. It's home to a variety of plants and animals and has a fascinating historical and geological heritage. We offer a range of walks, events and activities to share all this with you.

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Get the latest information about our walks and events:

Discover your local countryside

Come and explore with us through a variety of activities:

  • guided walks - from one mile to 17 (and everything in-between), family walks 'Big Fun - Little Legs', online feedback
  • countryside events - including Easter Eggstravaganza and family craft days  
  • health walks

Our events and walks are open to everyone.

Guided walks 

Download our guided walks programme. This version contains links to Google maps to help you find the start more easily. The link takes you to the nearest postcode, not necessarily the exact start point, so also refer to the written description and grid reference.

No advance booking is necessary. 

Please pay on arrival - £4 per person (under fives are free). Family ticket - £10 (two adults, up to three children under the age of 12). Carers accompanying a disabled person are free.

Summary of guided walks by length

Summary of guided walks by theme

Guided walks feedback

When you attend any of our guided walks, you can give us your feedback online. Your comments are really important and help us to see what you have enjoyed, what we could have done better and what you'd like to see in the future.

Simply fill in the survey and we will pass your comments on to the walk leader.

Give us your Guided Walks Feedback

Weather

In very bad weather some walks may be cancelled. If you are in any doubt please call the Countryside Service on the number at the bottom of this page. This number is monitored, so if you leave a message with your name and number, someone will return your call. 

Alternatively you can access our Facebook page which will give you details of cancelled walks (you don't need an account to view the page). 

Please bear in mind that weather and travelling conditions can change within a few hours, and while we do our best to keep you informed, occasionally a walk may be cancelled at very short notice. If you are in any doubt, please do not travel.

Countryside events

Future events include Outdoor Theatre and family crafts. These all take place at Hardwick Park. See Events and exhibitions at Hardwick Park for further information.

Health walks

Health walks are a series of led walks which are specifically designed to improve people's health. All of the health walks are free and take place at different times and days across County Durham.

Some of the walks provide an introduction to walking and can vary in length providing walking opportunities between one and eight miles, with most being suitable for all fitness levels. No special clothing is needed. However, good strong shoes are appropriate and possibly waterproof clothing depending on the weather.

For more information about health walks in your area go to WalkFinder - health walk schemes in the North East region, Walking and running web page or contact the Sport and Leisure Service.

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