Weardale is ideal for walking and cycling, with its peaceful and unspoilt landscapes. You’ll find Information leaflets, route maps in the barn, and an ordinance survey map in the barn, but here’s a taster:

In Search of Frosterley Marble

Frosterley is famous for its distinctive black fossil encrusted limestone, known as Frosterley Marble, which was used for some of the columns in Durham cathedral. There are three walks from Frosterley railway station of between 1 hour 15 minutes and 2 hours 30 minutes on which you can view examples of our famous limestone.

A Hay Meadow Walk in Weardale

A five kilometre (2 hour) walk following public rights of way, quiet country lanes and farm tracks near Ireshopeburn. It crosses some beautiful meadows, with superb views of the surrounding moorland and villages. The best time to go is between April and August.

The Weardale Way

In its entirety this long distance walk of just over 70 miles runs from Cowshill in Upper Weardale to the mouth of the River Wear at Sunderland. A 45 mile section of it has recently been freshly way marked and Durham County Council has published a series of maps to short walks along it.

Hamsterley Forest

This nearby 2000 hectare woodland has several waymarked walks, cycle routes and horse trails. All levels and abilities are catered for.

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