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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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Discover your local countryside

Come and explore with us through a variety of activities:

  • Guided walks - from one mile to 13 and everything in-between looking at nature, history, art, creative writing and much more.
  • Health walks

Our events and walks are open to everyone.

Guided walks 

Download our guided walks programme. 

No advance booking is necessary. 

Cost: Please pay on arrival - £4 per person (under 16s are free). Carers accompanying a disabled person are free. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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


In very bad weather some walks may be cancelled. If you are in any doubt please contact us. 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 Durham Countryside Volunteers on Facebook page which will give you details of cancelled walks. 

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.

Community Conservation 

On a seasonal basis we deliver a number of community conservation taster sessions across the County. For more information visit our Countryside volunteering page.

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 Walking for Health, our Walking and running web page or contact us.