Durham City - Maiden Castle Wood - Great High Wood - Howlands Park and Ride

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A great little linear walk through the historic Durham City and out into the immediate countryside, also to sample the riverside paths and glorious ancient broad-leaved woods that surround this little gem of a city.

The intention of this walk is to park at the Howlands Park and Ride, catch the P&R bus into the city, start the walk from Milburngate Bridge and end it back at Howlands Park and Ride.

From Milburngate Bridge the route passes through the Market Place and leads to Framwellgate Bridge, from where a riverside walk intersects Prebends Bridge then crosses the river to enter the Durham Peninsula. This is the oldest part of Durham City, where the castle and cathedral are located. The walk then leaves the peninsula across the relatively modern footbridge to enter the area known as Elvet. From here the route passes by the old prison and law courts then the cricket ground, to arrive back at the riverside. A pleasant riverside walk then follows, passing Durham Amateur Rowing Club before arriving at the Durham University playing-fields at Maiden Castle. The remainder of the walk consists of woodland walking through magnificent ancient broad-leaved woods as the route passes Houghall Agricultural College and eventually emerges from the woods near to the Howlands P&R site.

England - North England - Durham - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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