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Railway paths

Come and experience Durham's railway legacy. The railway paths - former railway lines - are attractive countryside routes that can be used by walkers, wheelchair users, horse-riders and cyclists.

Walkers, wheelchair users, horse-riders and cyclists are all allowed to use the railway paths. Please take care when other users are around and follow the Railway Paths Visitor Charter (PDF, 371kb).

Countryside sites on a map

See our picnic areas, nature reserves, railway paths and country parks on a map.

Railway Paths in County Durham

Railway paths masterplan

During 2011, people living in villages along the Lanchester Valley Way, Deerness Valley Way and Brandon-Bishop Auckland Way were asked what improvements they would like to see along the routes.

This consultation exercise was commissioned by the Countryside Service and the Mid Durham Area Action Partnership and was undertaken by D3 Associates. 

Below is an overview of the consultation process and the suggestions from each of the villages. 

Overview of the masterplan

Suggestions from each village

What next?

We are now pulling together all of the suggestions into a realistic plan to take forward. We will be discussing the ideas with local communities and asking for volunteers and funding to help put them into practice. Contact us for more information or to get involved.