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Walking in Westgate

Westgate, Slitt Wood Geotrail PDF (1.22Mb)

St John's Chapel PDF (2.7Mb)

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

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


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 Westgate form 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.


Cycle from Westgate


WARNING! The A689 is a busy main road

Take a leisurely ride along the back lanes between Stanhope Cowshill.

Try your hand at some really tough climbs like Peat Hill on the road from Westgate to Rookhope.

Visit Hamsterley Forest and try their off road cycling tracks.

Click here to seek out the quieter C roads in and around Weardale.

Westgate is a small village in the heart of the North Pennines with a polulation of about 300 people. It has a church St. Andrew's, a village hall, and a pub - The Hare and Hounds - which brews its own beer and serves evening meals.

Slitt Wood, an ancient woodland, to the north of the village is a place of peace and relaxation. It follows the Middlehope Burn and provides one of Weardale's favourite walks with a series of attractive waterfalls and over 100 varieties of wild flower during the spring and summer.

Westgate gets its name from the time when the Bishop of Durham created a hunting park in Weardale and this was its west gate. Eastgate marks its eastern entrance.

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Places to eat


The Hare and Hounds

St John's Chapel

Chatterbox Cafe

The Golden Lion

The Blue Bell (drinks only)


Places to stay

The Old Barn

Carrs Cottage

Black Dog House


Places to Visit near Westgate

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