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Walks near Thornley

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The County Durham Definitive Public Rights of Way

This website is not a PDF but it will provide maps of the definitive rights of way for all of County Durham's footpaths - just select Wolsingham from the list of towns/villages.

The publication of the public rights or way is a guide for visitors but not a guarantee that the footpath will be open. Please report any issues.


The Wolsingham Wayfarers

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Thornley is a quite pictureque hamlet situated between Tow Law and Wolsingham in a conservation area on a no through road but approximately a quarter of a mile off the A68, with good access to Durham, Darlington and Newcastle.

The earliest reference to Thornley is 1070-80 but the earliest buildings in the village date to about 1700. Some were originally single-story buildings with second floors added at a later date. The original school, now a private dwelling was built in 1824 but used as the school masters house after 1845 when a larger school (now the Village Hall) was built to accommodate 70 children.

An early coal mine was recorded in 1569 but the main growth of coalmining was in the later 18th and 19th centuries when it became a thriving village with a church, a school, a shoemaker, a builder, a blacksmith, a butcher, a joiner, a shopkeeper, and a publican,

St Bartholemew's church, originally a chapel for the nearby church at Wolsingham was built in 1838 and enlarged in 1842  to give a Gothic appearance. The altar rail, given by the congregation in 1865, is made of the local Frosterley marble, as is the font, which was found broken in a Wolsingham garden and repaired before being installed. In 1891, the tower, octagonal steeple and outer door were added.

Places to Stay

Bradley Burn Farm Cottages
Bradley Burn Touring Caravan Park
Corner Cottage, Wolsingham

The Victoria Inn, Witton-le-Wear

Places to Eat

Buon Appetito, Wolsingham
The Black Bull, Wolsingham
No 10 cafe, Wolsingham
The Bay Horse, Wolsingham
Lau's Chinese Takeaway, Wolsingham
Craven Fish and Chips, Wolsingham
The Newmarket Inn, Tow Law
Dan's Castle Chinese Takeaway, Tow Law

Places to Visit

The Weardale Railway

The Durham Dales Centre

Durham Dales Craft Centre, Stanhope

The Weardale Museum, Ireshopeburn

Killhope Lead Mining Museum

High Force in Teesdale

The Bowlees Visitor Centre

Low Barns Nature Reserve

Auckland Castle

Spanish Gallery

Mining Art Gallery

Auckland Tower


Harehope Quarry

Tanfield Railway


Nenthead Mine (pre-book Open Days)

Hamsterley Forest

Hall Hill Farm

The Open Air Swimming Pool, Stanhope