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Guided walks

County Durham's beautiful countryside is home to a wide variety of plants and animals and the area has a fascinating historical and geological heritage. All are welcome to come and explore with us as we have walks to suit everyone including short, easy walks and long, hard hikes. Unless stated, simply turn up as there is no need to book.

Walking levels

  • Easy walk - walks suitable for most levels of fitness. Good paths, relatively flat, possibly a few stiles. Suitable shoes needed.
  • Moderate walk - walks suitable for people with reasonable levels of fitness. Covering uneven ground; streams; inclines and stiles. Boots essential.
  • Difficult walk - requires a good level of fitness. Walks through some rough moorland with steep or strenuous climbs. Boots essential.


DateWalk and leaderLevelStart timeLengthLocationType
Friday 6 August 20213 Estates and a City (Dianne Hannaby)Moderate10.00am
(4 hours)
7 milesStart: Broompark picnic area, ½ mile from Stonebridge roundabout on B6302 towards Ushaw Moor. DH7 7RJ. GR NZ 251415. OS maps Lr88, Ex308.Lunch
Saturday 7 August 2021Abandoned farms of Weardale (Jo Davies)Difficult10.00am
(5 hours)
9 milesStart: Lay-by on the B6278 going south just before bridge coming from Stanhope, DL13 2JR. GR NY 985391. OS map Ex OL31.Local history, lunch
Wednesday 11 August 2021Bridges and Mills: crossing and using the River Wear in Durham City (David Butler)Easy6.30pm
(2.5 hours)
2 milesStart: Londonderry statue, Durham City Market Place, DH1 3NJ. GR NZ 274426. OS maps Lr88, Ex308.Local history
Thursday 12 August 2021At peace with nature *New* (Derek Newby)Moderate10.00am
(3 hours)
5.5 milesStart: Low Barns nature reserve, Witton-le Wear. Followed by tour of reserve 1 mile, bring binoculars, DL14 0AG. GR NZ 162315. OS map Ex305.Nature, lunch
Friday 13 August 2021The Farms north of Waskerley Station *New* (Jo Davies)Moderate10.30am
(4 hours)
6.5 milesStart: Waskerley station picnic area, Waskerley village, off Castleside to Stanhope road, DH8 9DZ. GR NZ 050453. OS map Ex307.Local history, lunch
Tuesday 17 August 2021Ushaw Moor, Esh and Bearpark *New* (David Butler)Moderate10.00am (6 hours)12 milesStart: Broompark picnic area, ½ mile from Stonebridge roundabout on B6302 towards Ushaw Moor. DH7 7RJ. GR NZ 251415. OS maps Lr88, Ex308.    Local history, lunch
Wednesday 18 August 2021Waldridge Fell and Charlaw Fell (Eric Borley)Moderate10.00am
(5 hours)
9 milesStart: Waldridge Fell, first car park on left coming from Waldridge Village. DH2 3RY. GR NZ 252498. OS Map Ex308.Local history, nature, lunch
Thursday 19 August 2021Sunderland Bridge and Croxdale (David and Fiona Eltringham)Moderate11.00am
(4 hours)
7.5 milesStart: Sunderland Bridge, Old Road over River Wear, Croxdale, off B6300. DH6 5JL. GR NZ 265377. OS map Ex305.Local history, lunch
Friday 20 August 2021Consett Steel Works Heritage Trail *New* (Jo Davies)Moderate10.30am
(4.5 hours)
7 milesStart: Allensford picnic area, west car park, off A68 north of Castleside, DH8 9BA. GR NZ 078502. OS maps Lr88 Ex307.Local history, lunch
Sunday 22 August 2021Byers Green, Binchester and the Bishop's Park (David Butler)Moderate10.00am
(5.5 hours)
10 milesStart: Western layby on A688 at Park Head Farm, Coundon, DL14 8AL. GR NZ 231312. OS maps Lr93, Ex305.Local history, lunch
Wednesday 25 August 2021Hedleyhope Fell and Stanley Hill (Dianne Hannaby)Difficult10.00am
(6 hours)
11.5 milesStart: Hedleyhope Fell upper car park, B6301between Lanchester and Tow Law, DH7 6EX. GR NZ 149414. OS map Ex307.Lunch
Saturday 28 August 2021Kelloe and the Raisby Way (Brian Lander)Moderate10.00am
(5.5 hours)
10.5 milesStart: Littlewood LNR Car Park, opposite Cassop School on B6291, DH6 4RA. GR NZ 340383. OS Ex305.Local history, nature, lunch
Sunday 29 August 2021The Pennine Way and Lunedale (Steven and Janet Hutchinson)Difficult10.00am
(4.5 hours)
8 milesStart: Tourist Information Centre, Middleton in Teesdale, park in village, please park with consideration, DL12 0QG. GR NY 947254.Local history, lunch
Friday 3 September 2021Snaw's Green and Stinky Burn (Jo Davies)Moderate10.30am
(4.5 hours)
7 milesStart: Ebchester picnic area, car park Ebchester, off the B6309. DH8 0SU. GR NZ 107548. OS maps Lr88, Ex307.Local history, lunch
Thursday 9 September 2021Dipton and Derwentcote (David and Fiona Eltringham)Moderate11.00am
(4 hours)
7.5 milesStart: Collierley School car park, Dipton on A692, DH9 9DJ. GR NZ 154537. OS map Lr88.Local history, lunch
Saturday 11 September 2021Supping with the Devil with a pennypie (Jo Davies)Difficult10.00am
(6 hours)
10 milesStart: Baybridge picnic area, 1/2 mile west of Blanchland, DH8 9UB. GR NY 956499. OS maps Ex307 & Ex OL43.Local history, lunch
Wednesday 15 September 2021Barningham Moor (Eric Borley)Difficult10.00am
(5 hours)
9 milesStart: Barningham Village Green, Barningham, DL11 7DR. GR NZ 083 102. OS maps Lr92, Ex304.Nature, lunch
Friday 17 September 2021A Wander to Sherburn House and Belmont (Brian Lander)Moderate10.00am
(4.5 hours)
8.5 milesStart: Layby off A177 at High Shincliffe, DH1 2PF. GR NZ 294401. OS map Ex308.Local history, nature, lunch
Friday 24 September 2021In Search of Cronkley (Jo Davies)Moderate10.30am
(4.5 hours)
9.5 milesStart: Pow Hill low car park, Derwent Reservoir off B6306, DH8 9NU. GR NZ 011516. OS map Ex307.Local history, lunch
Sunday 26 September 2021Locomotion Way and Shildon's Railway History (Ian Gray)Moderate10.30am
(5 hours)
10.5 milesStart: Middridge Village Hall car park, Walkers Lane, east end of village nearest to Newton Aycliffe. DL5 7JN. GR NZ 253260. OS Map Ex305. During the last year some of the historic buildings dating back to the 1820's have been refurbished, at the Western end of the Locomotion Museum's site.Local history, lunch
Wednesday 29 September 2021In the Footsteps of Pilgrims (2) *New* (Brian Lander)Moderate10.00am
(5.5 hours)
10.5 milesStart: Sunderland Bridge, old bridge over the River Wear, Croxdale, off B6300, DH6 5JL. GR NZ 265377. OS maps Ex305, Lr93.Local history, nature, lunch

Useful information about our walks

Estimated timings

Duration of the walk is a guide only. Pace depends on numbers and fitness of the group and weather conditions. The leader will adapt the walk to suit the pace of the slowest participant. All walks are circular unless otherwise stated.

Severe weather

In severe weather conditions, contact us to see if the walk is going ahead.


Nearest postcodes are included, but they may not be the exact start location. Some locations are remote and the postcode given may be some distance away, consult a map.

Getting there

Map references - six figure references indicate the starting point of the walk. They can be used to find a place on a 1:50 000 or 1:25 000 Ordnance Survey map. For instructions on reading grid references see map or go to Ordnance Survey. Lr = Landranger, OL = Outdoor Leisure, Ex = Explorer.


The guided walks are being offered free of charge throughout August and September 2021.


Boots and waterproofs are advisable on all walks. Jeans are not appropriate.

Walks are non-smoking.

Public transport

Some walk start locations can be accessed by public transport. Please check available services at Traveline North East.


Well behaved dogs kept on a lead are allowed on walks, unless otherwise stated. Routes may be long and over steep ground with stiles to cross. Dogs remain the responsibility of the owner. We reserve the right to refuse your dog onto the walk.

Car parking

Ensure parking does not create a hazard and does not obstruct entrances or other traffic. Please car share or use public transport wherever possible.

Existing health conditions

Please be advised that you will be asked to inform walk leaders of pre-existing medical conditions at the beginning of the walk and provide emergency contact details.

Contact us
Countryside Service
03000 264 589