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Wolsingham Walks

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 Wayfarers: Stiles Walk to Newlands Hall PDF (1.4Mb)

Wolsingham Wayfarers: Tunstall Valley Walk PDF (1.3Mb)

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 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

Wolsingham Wayfarers

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Cycling around Wolsingham

WARNING! The A689 through the main valley is a busy main road.

Take a leisurely ride along the back lanes to Tunstall Reservoir.

A class C road takes you south to Hamsterley Forest where there are off road cycling tracks.


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


A small town situated on the banks of the River Wear at the entrance to Weardale its origins date back to Saxon times. In the Middle Ages it was an important mercantile centre , being granted a Market Charter in 1615, and it provided services to the whole of the dale. The railway came in 1847 and soon afterwards Charles Atwood established an ironworks where steel was made until 2008. Attwoods fine home became a hospital after his death and is now a luxury housing developement.

Today the town is still well served and offers good facilities including : a general dealers, a greengrocers, paper shop, hardwear shop, Post Office and gifts, butcher,chemist, baker, hair salons, Barclays Bank, indoor swimming, bowling green and recreation field.

The town is surrounded by lovely countryside with over 80 miles of footpaths in its Parish including the Weardale Way long distance walk. The Wolsingham Wayfarers have organised monthly walks. Close by there is Hamsterly Forest with visitor centre, forest drive, cycle hire and pony trekking and the beautiful Tunstall Reservoir. Wolsingham is also the eastern terminal of the Weardale Heritage Railway.

The main event of the year is the Annual Show helds by Wolsingham Agricultural Society on the first weekend in September. Established in 1763 it is one of the oldest show in the country.

Wolsingham is ideally situated for exploring the villages and attractions of Weardale and places further afield in County Durham.

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
The Black Bull
No 10 Cafe
Lau's Chinese Takeaway
Craven Fish and Chips
The Bay Horse

Places to Visit

The Weardale Railway

The Durham Dales Centre

Durham Dales Craft Centre, Stanhope

The Weardale Museum, Ireshopeburn

Killhope Lead Mining Museum

The Bowlees Visitor Centre

Harehope Quarry

Auckland Castle

Spanish Gallery

Mining Art Gallery

Auckland Tower


High Force in Teesdale

Low Barns Nature Reserve

Tanfield Railway


Nenthead Mine (pre-book Open Days)

Hamsterley Forest

Hall Hill Farm

The Open Air Swimming Pool, Stanhope