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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.

Walks

November

Wednesday 3 November

Loafing around Littletown and Ludworth Woods (new)

10.00am (5 hours) 8 miles, moderate, Brian Lander

Start: St Laurence Church, Pittington. Follow signs off Lady Piece Lane between Low Pittington and Sherburn. DH6 1AB. GR NZ 327435. OS Map Ex308.

Friday 5 November

Riverside Walk to Byers Green (new)

10.00am (5 hours) 9.5 miles, moderate, Dianne Hannaby

Start: Sunderland Bridge, old road over the River Wear, Croxdale, off B6300. DH6 5JL. GR NZ 265377. OS maps Ex305, Lr93.

Lunch, cost

Saturday 6 November

Mid-level Weardale

10.00am (5 hours) 10 miles, moderate, David Butler

Start: Demesne Mill picnic area, Uppertown, Wolsingham, B6296. DL13 3DB. GR NZ 075375. OS maps ExOL31, Lr92.

Local history, lunch, cost

Friday 12 November

The Two Ducks

10.00am (5 hours) 9.5 miles, moderate, Jo Davies

Start: Allensford picnic area, east car park, off A68 north of Castleside. DH8 9BA.

GR NZ 082503. OS map Ex307.

Local history, lunch, cost

Wednesday 17 November

Three Burns and Three Railways

10.00am (4.5 hours) 8.5 miles, moderate, Eric Borley

Start: Waldridge Fell, first car park on left coming from Waldridge Village. DH2 3RY. GR NZ 252498. OS Map Ex308.

Lunch, local history, nature, cost

Thursday 18 November

Around Standalone

10.30am (4.5 hours) 8 miles, moderate, David and Fiona Eltringham

Start: Layby next to Stockley Fell Farm, opposite the cattery on Stockley Lane near

Oakenshaw. DL15 0TJ. No CP charge. GR NZ196375. OS Map Lr98.

Local history, lunch, cost.

Friday 19 November

North and South of Hamsterley (new)  

10.00am (4 hours) 8 miles, moderate, Dianne Hannaby

Start: East end of Hamsterley Village, park with consideration. DL13 3PP. GR NZ 120310. OS map Ex305.

Lunch, cost

Saturday 20 November

Ramble around Rookhope

10.00am (4 hours) 7.5 miles, difficult, Jo Davies

Start: Lay-by near Rookhope Arch, on the Rookhope to Allenheads road. DL13 2DE. GR NY 924430. OS map Ex307.

Local history, lunch, cost

Friday 26 November

Lintz, Mountsett and Friarside

10.30am (4.5 hours) 8.5 miles, difficult, Jo Davies

Start: Lay-by next to Lintz Garden Centre, Linzford, southwest of Rowlands Gill on A694. NE39 1DG. GR NZ 146569. OS map Ex307.

Local history, lunch, cost

Sunday 28 November

Show me the way to Langley Hall

10.00am (5 hours) 11 miles, difficult, Steven and Janet Hutchinson

Start: Waldridge Fell, first car park on left coming from Waldridge Village. DH2 3RY. GR NZ 252498. OS Map Ex308.

Lunch, cost

December

Saturday 4 December

In and around the Bishop's Park

10.00am (2 hours) 4 miles, moderate, David Butler

Start: Western Layby off A688, adjacent to Park Head Farm, Coundon, DL14 8AL

GR NZ 230311 OS maps Lr93, Ex305.

Local history, cost

Wednesday 8 December

Two Hills

10.00am (6 hours) 12 miles, difficult, Dianne Hannaby

Start: Park on road leading to St. Michael's Church, Witton Gilbert, Durham. DH7 6SU. GR NZ 235453. OS Map Ex308.

Lunch, cost

Saturday 11 December

Lintz, Medomsley and Collierley

10.00am (6 hours) 10.5 miles, difficult, Jo Davies

Start: Lay-by next to Lintz Garden Centre, Linzford, southwest of Rowlands Gill on A694. NE39 1DG. GR NZ 146569. OS map Ex307.

Local history, lunch, cost

Friday 17 December

Brian's Browney Points Hurbuck to Lanchester

10.30am (4 hours) 7 miles, easy, Jo Davies

Start: Lay-by at Hurbuck Cottages (signposted from A691 near Lanchester). DH7 0RJ. GR NZ 133485. OS maps Lr88, Ex307.

Local history, lunch, cost

January

Wednesday 5 January

The Last New Year's Party

10.00am (3.5 hours) 6 miles, moderate, Eric Borley and Bill Gallon

Start: Provided when booking. Walk includes two course pub lunch (location and cost confirmed on booking). Call 03000 264 589 during office hours to book. 

Friday 7 January

A Visit to the Monk's Retreat

10.30am (4 hours) 6.5 miles, moderate, Jo Davies

Start: Broompark picnic area, ½ mile from Stonebridge roundabout on B6302 towards Ushaw Moor, DH7 7RJ. GR NZ 250415. OS maps Ex308.

Local history, lunch, cost

Saturday 15 January

Woods Galore

10.00am (6 hours) 11.5 miles, difficult, Jo Davies

Start: Ebchester Station picnic area, Ebchester, off B6309. DH8 0SU. GR NZ 107548. OS map Ex307  

Local history, lunch, cost

Sunday 16 January

Durham Woodlands: Old and New

10.00am (5 hours) 10 miles, moderate, David Butler

Start: Sunderland Bridge, old road over the River Wear, Croxdale, off B6300. DH6 5JL. GR NZ 265377. OS maps Ex305, Lr93.

Local history, lunch, cost

Friday 21 January

Banks, Braes, Bulbeck and Beyond

10.00am (4 hours) 7 miles, moderate, Jo Davies

Start: Allensford picnic area, west car park, off A68 north of Castleside. DH8 9BA.

GR NZ 077502. OS map Ex307.

Local history, lunch, cost

Wednesday 26 January

Another Way to Tunstall

10.00am (5 hours) 10 miles, difficult, Dianne Hannaby

Start: Demesne Mill picnic area, Uppertown, Wolsingham, B6296. DL13 3DB. GR NZ 075375. OS maps ExOL31, Lr92.

Lunch, cost

February

Friday 4 February

Quebec to South Shields - yes really! (new)

10.00am (5.5 hours) 10 miles, moderate, Jo Davies

Start: Opposite Quebec tearoom, Quebec Village, park with care in the village. DH7 9DF. GR NZ 180436. OS map Ex307.

Local history, lunch, cost

Tuesday 8 February

Whitworth, Bishop Auckland and old railway paths

10.30am (5 hours) 10.5 miles, moderate, David and Fiona Eltringham

Start: Public car park, by River Wear at Low Willington off road to Binchester. DL15

0DJ. No CP charge. GR NZ208345, OS map Lr93.

Local history, lunch, cost

Friday 11 February

Around Seaham

10.00am (5.5 hours) 10.5 miles, moderate, Brian Lander

Start: Noses Point (Top Car Park) on coastal path south of Seaham. SR7 7TT. GR NZ 436478. OS Map Ex308.

Local history, nature, lunch, cost

Tuesday 15 February

Ushaw Moor, Esh and Beaurepaire

10.00am (6 hours) 12 miles, moderate, David Butler

Start: Broompark picnic area, ½ mile from Stonebridge roundabout on B6302 towards Ushaw Moor, DH7 7RJ. GR NZ 250415. OS maps Ex308, Lr88.

Local history, lunch, cost

Wednesday 16 February

Beamish, Waldridge and Edmondsley

10.00am (5 hours) 9 miles, moderate, Eric Borley

Eden Place Picnic area, off A693 near Beamish Museum. DH9 0RG. GR NZ 220537. OS maps Ex308, Lr88.

Local history, nature, lunch, cost

Friday 18 February

Dara's Iveston Circular

10.30am (4.5 hours) 8 miles, moderate, Jo Davies

Start: Car park next to Colliery School, Dipton, on A6921. DH9 9DA. GR NZ 154536. OS map Ex307.

Local history, lunch, cost

Sunday 20 February

Coal Mining Railways and Waggonways

10.30am (4.5 hours) 8 miles, moderate, Ian Gray

Start: Middridge Village Hall car park, Walkers Lane, east end of village nearest to Newton Aycliffe. DL5 7JN. GR NZ 253260. OS maps Lr88, Ex308.

Local history, lunch, cost

Wednesday 23 February

'A Trip to Nanny's House' - Allensford, Hawkburn Head and Waskerley

10.00am (6.5 hours) 12 miles, very difficult, Jo Davies

Start: Allensford picnic area, west car park, off A68 north of Castleside. DH8 9BA.

GR NZ 077502. OS map Ex307.

Local history, lunch, cost

Friday 25 February

To Willington and back

10.00am (5.5 hours) 10.5 miles, moderate, Brian Lander

Start: Car Park at Page Bank, Spennymoor. DL16 7RG. GR NZ 234355. OS Map Ex308.

Local history, nature, lunch, cost

March

Wednesday 2 March

St. John's Hall and 4 Plantations (new)

10.00am (6 hours) 12 miles, difficult, Dianne Hannaby

Start: Wolsingham Station car park, Weardale. DL13 3BL. GR NZ 075368. OS map ExOL31.

Lunch, cost

Friday 11 March

Thistlewood or Bust

10.00am (5 hours) 9.5 miles, moderate, Jo Davies

Start: Northwest end of Saltersgate Lane, west of A68, between Tow Law and Castleside. DL13 4JU. GR NZ 073431. OS map Ex307.

Local history, lunch, cost

Thursday 17 March

Tow Law and Thornley

10.30am (4.5 hours) 8 miles, moderate, David and Fiona Eltringham

Start: Lay by on B6297, just west of junction with A68, Tow Law. DL13 4ES. No CP Charge. GR NZ 116386. OS Map Lr92.    

Local history, lunch, cost

Friday 18 March

A Tale of two Railways and a Collage

10.00am (5 hours) 8.5 miles, moderate, Jo Davies

Start: Broompark picnic area, ½ mile from Stonebridge roundabout on B6302 towards Ushaw Moor, DH7 7RJ. GR NZ 250415. OS maps Ex308.

Local history, lunch, cost

Sunday 20 March

St John's Hall and the Weardale Way

10.30am (4 hours) 7 miles, moderate, David Butler

Start: Roadside at top of Wear Bank, Wolsingham. DL13 3NX. GR NZ 073356. OS maps Lr92, ExOL31

Local history, lunch, cost

Wednesday 23 March

Loop of Lintzes  

10.00am (5 hours) 8.5 miles, difficult, Jo Davies

Start: Lay-by next to Lintz Garden Centre, Linzford, southwest of Rowlands Gill on A694. NE39 1DG. GR NZ 146569. OS map Ex307.

Local history, lunch, cost

Thursday 24 March

At peace with nature

10.00am (3 hours) 6 miles, 2 boots Derek Newby

Start: 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, cost

Friday 25 March

To Baal Hill

10.00am (4 hours) 8 miles, moderate, Dianne Hannaby

Start: Deerness Valley picnic area, between Ushaw Moor and Esh Winning, off B6302. DH7 7PP. GR NZ 218428. OS map Ex308.

Lunch, cost

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.

Postcodes

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.

Cost

The guided walks are £4.

Clothing and smoking

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.

Dogs

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