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Walks near Thornley

Walks around Wolsingham PDF (826kb)

Wolsingham Wayfarers: Family Walk PDF (1.4Mb)

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Wolsingham Wayfarers: Memorial walk to Thornley PDF (1.4Mb)

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Weardale Way 5: White Kirkley to Wolsingham PDF (480kb)

Food Taste Trail from Bradley Burn PDF


The County Durham Definitive Public Rights of Way

This website is not a PDF but it will provide maps of the difinitive 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

Wolsingham Wayfarers

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Cycling around Thornley

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 - Chris & Jill Stephenson
Pasture Gate B&B - Carolyn Ramsbotham
Ardine Cottage Marjory Gardiner
Corner Cottage, Wolsingham - Jean Muckle
Melbourne Place, Wolsingham, Jule and Steve Marris
Friarside Farm Caravan, Wolsingham - Angela Frazer
High Doctor's Pasture Caravans, Mrs T Fenwick
Bradley Burn Touring Caravan Park - Chris & Jill Stephenson


Places to Eat

Buon Appetito
The Black Bull
No 10
The Black Lion
Lau's Takeaway
Craven Fish and Chips
The Bay Horse
Hamsterley, The Cross Keys Country Pub and Restaurant

Places to Visit

Hamsterley Forest

Hall Hill Farm

North East Outdoor Pursuits Centre

The Open Air Swimming Pool, Stanhope

The Weardale Railway