Stanley Crook - Stockley Fell – Willington - Helmington Row - Stanley Crook

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An undulating route that starts with a railway walk and progresses through an immature forest that was created after opencast mining. Field- and woodland paths then take you to Willington, where the route passes through a horse-training gallop before a long pull up through Crook Golf Course and the fields beyond that takes you to the high hill overlooking Crook, where there are great views along the lower reaches of the Weardale Valley.

The walk starts along a section of the Deerness Valley Railway Walk followed by a long section of immature forest on clear tracks before descending to the valley of the Stockley Beck. The route then starts to rise through woodland and an enclosed lane to pass through a wood onto a quiet surfaced road to the highest point of the walk. The walk then descends through more woodland and fields to cross the Stockley Beck once more before rising through fields to intersect a metalled road. Field-walking followed by lane-walking then takes you to the outskirts of Willington at the lowest point of the walk. The route then gently rises to pass through a horse-training gallop before descending to the village of Helmington Row. The final lap of the walk passes through the middle of Crook Golf Course, followed by a little field-walking that takes you to a point high above the town of Crook. The route then descends steeply to re-intersect the Deerness Valley Railway Path for a return to the start.

England - North England - Durham - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Wildlife, Woodland

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