Wildlife Watching in County Durham

09 Sep 2022

Bordered by Northumberland in the north and the River Tees in the south, County Durham has so much to offer new and regular visitors. From amazing attractions to sightseeing opportunities, wildlife, shops, restaurants and bars; you’ll never run out of things to do.

Durham is a county filled with extraordinary experiences and unique hidden gems you won’t find anywhere else. Admire beautiful scenery, pristine coastlines, winding woodland as well as a host of breathtaking wildlife in Seaham, Bishop Auckland, and Durham City.

There are plenty of opportunities for family days out to take in the natural beauty of local wildlife including park visits, woodland walking trails, and reservoirs.

Let’s take a look at the best locations in County Durham for wildlife spotting.

Deer Park at Raby Castle

Open to visitors every day from 10am-4pm, spend time in nature and watch the seasons change in Raby Castle’s amazing deer park.

Raby Castle is home to two species of deer; Red Deer, the largest British wild land mammal and the smaller Fallow Deer. There is also always something different to see in the park, including herds of Longhorn cattle who love to graze come rain or shine.

Hardwick Park

A perfect family day out, Hardwick Park features a historical 1-mile circuit walk leading past ornamental buildings, ‘ruins’, lakes and woodland. There is also a 1.4 mile cycle route and 0.5 mile horse riding route if you prefer.

Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy some good food in the sunshine or head to the cafe for a delicious cup of hot chocolate when the winter months hit. Don’t forget to purchase a bag of seed at reception and feed the ducks and swans!

Walking the Durham Heritage Coast

An 11 mile walking route following the England Coast Path National Trail, here you have the chance to uncover rich coastline heritage, admire spectacular grasslands, and discover magical coastal denes.

Enjoy a beautiful display of wildflowers and insects and the stunning natural habitats of mammals such as deer, foxes, bats, and badgers. Plus, take in the woodland floors adorned with bluebells and snowdrops with birdsong echoing through the trees.

Natural beauty at High Force Waterfall

One of England’s most impressive waterfall walks, High Force is an area of outstanding beauty. Discover various animal and plant life throughout the season including a plethora of wildflowers and ferns to roe deer and rabbits.

Looking to explore County Durham this summer? Book your touring spot with Maguires Country Parks or check out our collection of holiday homes.

Contact our friendly and knowledgeable team who will be happy to help you plan your summer getaway.

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