Bishop Auckland - Escomb - Witton Park - Witton le Wear - Sharperley - Black Bank Plantation - Wolsingham

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This linear walk between Bishop Auckland and Wolsingham pretty much follows the route of the River Wear upstream as it passes through a series of small villages linked by pleasant fields, lanes and woods.

From the bus station at Bishop Auckland the walk descends to the River Wear. From here the route passes through the wooded area known locally as Broken Banks and is then followed by riverside field-walking that leads to the old Saxon village of Escomb. Field- and lane-walking takes the walker through the former mining village of Witton Park, after which field, woods and lanes lead to Witton le Wear. A long series of field-walking then follows before the route recrosses the River Wear and then climbs up to start the wooded section through the Broken Hill and Black Bank Plantations. The final long section descends from the woods back to river level, where the route tracks the river upstream to emerge into the former market town of Wolsingham at the Gateway to Weardale.

England - North England - Durham - Wear Valley

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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