Best Walking Routes in County Durham

10 May 2024

Uncovering The Best Walking Routes in County Durham

Are you ready to uncover the most stunning walking trails in the heart of County Durham? Whether you’re cosying up in one of our local caravan sites in the North East, or just swinging by County Durham for the day, we’ve got some fabulous routes that promise breathtaking views and a healthy dose of fresh air.

So, grab your walking boots and let’s dive into the scenic wonders of this beautiful region!

Durham Coastal Path

1. The Durham Coastal Footpath

Imagine starting your day at Seaham Harbour with the sound of waves crashing against rugged cliffs. The Durham Coastal Footpath is an 11-mile trek that takes you all the way to Crimdon Beach, offering dramatic sea views and fields dotted with wildflowers. Perfect for a day out with your camera or just basking in the beauty of our coastline.

2. Teesdale Way

Calling all nature lovers! Teesdale Way is a treat with its diverse landscapes stretching over 70 miles. You don’t have to do it all at once, of course – pick any section and follow the River Tees past stunning waterfalls from Low Force to High Force. It’s a fantastic way to spend a day (or even just an afternoon) in the great outdoors.

3. Deerness Valley Way

Fancy a quiet escape? The Deerness Valley Way is your go-to, tracing an old railway line through serene valleys and historic mining villages. Spanning about 12 miles, this path is a peaceful retreat, especially enchanting in the autumn when the leaves paint the landscape in fiery hues.

4. Weardale Way

Weardale Way is a true gem that meanders through the stunning Durham Dales. Whether you’re up for a challenging hike or a gentle stroll, this 80-mile path offers captivating views, particularly lovely between Stanhope and Wolsingham, where you wander along the babbling River Wear.

5. Beamish Woods Circular

Near Darlington and looking for a family-friendly walk? The Beamish Woods Circular is just about 4 miles of easy trails through woods and fields. It’s near the Beamish Museum too, so you can mix a bit of history with your hike. Perfect for a leisurely day out with the kids or a quiet walk to clear your head.

Plus, you might as well check out our caravan sites near Darlington while you’re there! Browse our country parks here.

6. Finchale Priory to Durham Cathedral

Start at the atmospheric ruins of Finchale Priory and follow the River Wear to the heart of Durham, where the stunning Durham Cathedral awaits. This 6-mile walk is not just a journey through nature but also a trip through history, ending in one of England’s most beautiful cities.

So there you have it – six of the best walks in County Durham! Whether you’re here for a long stay at one of our charming caravan sites in the North East or just passing through, these routes are sure to make your visit truly memorable.

Don’t forget to pack some snacks, maybe a good flask of tea, and of course, your sense of adventure. Be sure to tag us in your photos on Instagram! 📸 #makingmemories

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