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Hundreds of miles of public footpaths, former industrial railway lines and quiet country lanes provide a huge range of walking opportunities from peaceful family strolls along the riverside to strenuous hill walking and long distance trails.

Long stretches of the Weardale Way provide easy walking along riverside footpaths.

Our tributary valleys provide beautiful wooded denes full of wild flowers.

Our upland tracks and bridleways afford magnificent views across the valley..

In a group or with friends.

On your own, with a camera.

When you've finished your walk don't forget to support the local community. Image Glenn Royston, The Golden Lion, St John's Chapel

Walking is a great way to explore Weardale and experience the tranquillity, stunning countryside, magnificent views and varied wildlife.

Web links to more information;

The County Durham Definitive Public Rights of Way

This website will provide maps of the difinitive rights of way for all of County Durham's footpaths - just type in the village name.

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.

Walking in the North Pennines

North Pennine Walking Guides

Visit County Durham Walks

Durham County Council Countryside publications

County Durham Guided Walks

Weardale Way
 
Wainwright's Pennine Journey

Downloadable PDFs to your computer

Upper Dale - Killhope to St John's Chapel

Wellhope Bird Walk PDF (2.41Mb)

Cowshill Bird Walk PDF (2.57Mb)

Cowshill to Killhope PDF (491 kb)

Wearhead PDF (758 kb)

Ireshopeburn Haymeadows PDF (1.2Mb)

St John's Chapel PDF (2.7Mb)

Weardale Way 1: Cowshill to Westgate PDF (513 kb)

Middle Dale - Westgate to Stanhope

Westgate, Slitt Wood Geotrail PDF (1.22Mb)

Rookhope Field and Fell PDF (5.56mb)

Stanhope Ashes Quarry PDF (938kb)

Stanhope Village Walk PDF (966kb)

Weardale Way 2: Westgate to Eastgate PDF (537kb)

Weardale Way 3: Eastgate to Stanhope PDF (508kb)

Lower Dale - Frosterley to Thornley

Frosterley Marble Walk PDF (658kb)

Walks around Wolsingham PDF (826kb)

Wolsingham Wayfarers: Family Walk PDF (1.4Mb)

Wolsingham Wayfarers: Black Banks Walk PDF (1.4Mb)

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

Wolsingham Wayfarerss: Stiles Walk to Newlands Hall PDF (1.4Mb)

Wolsingham Wayfarers: Tunstall Valley Walk PDF (1.3Mb)

Weardale Way 4: Stanhope to White Kirkley PDF (512kb)

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 type in the village name.