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Our online benefit claim and calculator will not be available between 7.00pm on Friday 21 January and 9.00pm on Saturday 22 January due to maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Health Secretary has set out the next steps in the fight against Coronavirus. See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (19 January 2022).

Get active outdoors

Getting outside into the fresh air and doing some exercise is great for your physical and mental wellbeing.

Whether you're walking, cycling, running, there are plenty of ways to get active and Enjoy the outdoors in County Durham.


Current government guidance states that you should be taking part in outdoor physical activity alone, or with members of your household or support bubble. However, you can take part in an activity which has been organised by a national governing body, club, registered instructor/coach, business or charity. In all cases, the organiser must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with COVID-19 secure guidance.


Walking is a great way to get your daily exercise on your own or with members of your household. It is also a fun way of getting to the shops for essential supplies and getting to work or school.

See our Walking and running pages.


If you want to take your first steps in improving your health and fitness, or if you just want to stay healthy running can be cheap, fun and easy to do.

See our Walking and running pages.


Cycling is one of the easiest ways to become more active. It is low impact, can relive stress and improve your mood and self-esteem. Cycling gives you the chance to explore the outdoors, get to know your local area, meet new people and have fun!

See our Cycling pages.