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Walking in County Durham

AuthorPaddy Dillon
PublisherCicerone Press
ISBNISBN-10: 1 85284 216 4 (First Edition)
ISBN-13: 978 1 85284 537 7 (Second Edition)
ISBN-13: 978 1 85284 791 3 (Third Edition)
Also available in eBook and Kindle formats
Price£12.95
Pleasant pastoral countryside near the Cassop Vale nature reserve.

Pleasant pastoral countryside near the Cassop Vale nature reserve.

The Bowes Museum, near Barnard Castle, was built in the style of a French château.

The Bowes Museum, near Barnard Castle, was built in the style of a French château.

Durham Cathedral towers over the River Wear and is part of a World Heritage Site.

Durham Cathedral towers over the River Wear and is part of a World Heritage Site.

Many years ago, Cicerone launched a series of walking guides covering many counties around Britain. County Durham was offered as a project and the area turned out to be full of surprises.

County Durham lost many of its traditional industries, including its extensive coal mines, and in many places the landscape has been reclaimed. Throughout the county industrial heritage, and in particular mining heritage, can be explored and appreciated. The whole county was explored from its rugged coast, through its gentle pastoral middle, to the broad and bleak moorlands that are part of the North Pennines. The original route research was completed through a series of trips.

The entire guidebook has since been completely overhauled, updated, expanded and re-written. The new edition has been published in full colour, with all the walking routes highlighted on OS Landranger mapping. There are 40 walking routes and a further 10 railway paths - the latter being open to walkers, cyclists and horse-riders.

Almost the whole of this guidebook was researched using public transport, taking advantage of 'Explorer' tickets to travel from place to place. Given the extent of public transport around County Durham, who needs a car to go walking?

Walk Contents

Walk 1 Durham City and the River Wear
Walk 2 Bearpark Broompark and Brandon
Walk 3  Dipton and Hamsterley Mill
Walk 4 Beamish and Causey
Walk 5 Ouston and Urpeth
Walk 6 Lumley Castle and Great Lumley
Walk 7 The Durham Coast Path
Walk 8 Castle Eden Dene
Walk 9 Wingate and Station Town
Walk 10 Cassop and Quarrington
Walk 11 Sedgefield and Hardwick Hall
Walk 12 Middleton One Row and Girsby
Walk 13 Low and High Coniscliffe
Walk 14 Gainford and Piercebridge
Walk 15 Cockfield Fell and Butterknowle
Walk 16 Woodland and Copley
Walk 17 Staindrop and Cleatlam
Walk 18 Greta Bridge and Brignall Banks
Walk 19 Tan Hill and Sleightholme Moor
Walk 20 Bowes and Bowes Moor
Walk 21 Banard Castle and the Tees
Walk 22 Cotherstone and Romaldkirk
Walk 23 Tees Valley Walk
Walk 24 Middleton and Monk's Moor
Walk 25 Middleton and Grassholme
Walk 26 Low Force and High Force
Walk 27 Holwick and Hagworm Hill
Walk 28 Mickle Fell via the Boundary Route
Walk 29 Cronkley Fell
Walk 30 Cow Green and Widdybank Fell
Walk 31 Cow Green and Herdship Fell
Walk 32 Bishop Auckland and Binchester
Walk 33 Circuit of Crook
Walk 34 Wolsingham and Frosterley
Walk 35 Wolsingham and Tunstall Reservoir
Walk 36 Stanhope and Stanhope Dene
Walk 37 Westgate Middlehope and Rookhope
Walk 38 Chapelfell Top and Noon Hill
Walk 39 Allenheads, Cowshill and Killhope
Walk 40 Edmundbyers and Edmundbyers Common

Railway Paths

Railway Path 1 National Route 1
Railway Path 2 Haswell to Hart Path
Railway Path 3 Yellow Brick Road
Railway Path 4 Waskerley Way
Railway Path 5 Derwent Valley Walk
Railway Path 6 Consett and Sunderland Railway Path
Railway Path 7 Lanchester Valley Walk
Railway Path 8 Deerness Valley Walk
Railway Path 9 Brandon to Bishop Auckland Walk
Railway Path 10 Auckland Walk