Weardale Way: Durham to Sunderland Bridge

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A delightful linear walk commencing in the middle of Durham City, following the River Wear under Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. It continues alongside the Wear through the outskirts of Durham and reaches the village of Shincliffe, passing the 18th Century Shincliffe Hall, with lovely river views on a mainly flat route to this point, but with a sharp ascent through the woods after the hall.

You then continue through beautiful countryside, passing a Grade 1 listed Norman church and Croxdale Hall and ending at the village of Sunderland Bridge.

A bus can take you back to Durham city centre.

England - North England - Durham - Wear Valley


Ancient Monument, Birds, Castle, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Pub, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
15/08/2021 - Mark Crane

Just to say that the start point by Bella Italia Restaurant, has now closed and is The Riverview Kitchen

23/06/2014 - Duncan Grey

This was an excellent walk, taking in the best of Durham city and surrounds. Bypasses caused by flood and landslip in October 2013 caused some changes to the route, however. The straightforward riverside section approaching waymark 3 was re-routed up through Pelaw Woods - pleasant but a bit more arduous. Also from Waymark 4 the small bridge had been washed away, necessitating a scramble across from 100 yards downstream. Croxdale Hall Priory is a delight. Finally, leaving the old estate of Croxdale, turn right, across the old bridge, then we suggest you catch the bus from opposite the Honest Lawyer which is on your left on the A167.

07/05/2013 - Tony Morrell

04/05/13 - We did not encounter cows, calves or bulls on this route.

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