Country WalksDurhamHistorical Enterprises

The River Wear begins life as two streams - the Killhope Burn and the Burnhope Burn which meet at Wearhead. Weardale still has the evidence of its industrial heritage, including lead mining and railways, for those who know where to look in this beautiful Pennine dale. The Wear flows through these sites of former industry, heading past Stanhope, the 'capital' of the dale, on towards Durham City and meets the sea at Sunderland.

Weardale - rural tranquillity with an industrial past

The River Tees rises on the slopes of Cross Fell, the highest point in the Pennines, and on its passage to the North Sea it creates the dramatic waterfalls of Cauldron Snout and High Force. The upper dale also contains the flower-rich Teesdale hay meadows. The river then passes the market town of Barnard Castle, with its dominating medieval fortress, and on through gentle countryside to the sea at Hartlepool.

Teesdale - the dale that Durham once shared with Yorkshire 

Derwentdale is probably the least known of Durham's Pennine valleys. The River Derwent forms the border between Northumberland and Durham for part of its length, and flows through varied countryside, including the fascinating village of Blanchland.

Derwentdale - the most northerly of the Durham dales

Hadrian's Wall ran from Wallsend on the River Tyne to the Solway coast in Cumbria. In the central section the Wall, with its associated ditches and earthworks, still forms a dramatic feature of the bleak countryside, even after almost two thousand years, as it winds over hills and into valleys. Along the Wall are the remains of milecastles, turrets and a series of forts, of which Housesteads is probably the most dramatically situated.

Hadrian's Wall - Rome's North-West frontier

The Northumberland Coast is a series of long unspoilt sandy beaches separated by rocky outcrops and cliffs. The rocky features provide the sites for the picturesquely sited castles of Bamburgh (the site of the royal palace of the kings of Northumbria) and Dunstanburgh (built in 1313 to protect part of the coast). Holy Island, one of the cradles of Christianity in England, is separated from the mainland at high tide.

Northumberland Coast - Cuthbert, cormorants and castles 

The Durham Coast, with its sandy beaches, cliffs, and steep-sided wooded denes running down to the sea, was the subject of holiday postcards in the 1920s, then, with the dumping of colliery waste this changed. Now, the coal is no longer mined in Durham, and, with the help of Millennium grants, the sandy beaches are being restored and the Durham coast is being revealed again in all its beauty.

Durham Coast - Turning the Tide

Durham Historical Enterprises can also introduce you to the glorious and little-known countryside of the North-East of England, an area which contains two World Heritage sites, a National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a Heritage Coast. Country walks can be arranged in County Durham and Northumberland. These walking tours can be organised for distances you are comfortable with, and in areas you wish to explore. Just contact us to discuss your requirements.

You will be spoilt for choice, but you might like to consider walks in the following areas which have proved popular in the past:

Text Box: Northumberland Coast - Cuthbert, cormorants and castles  
Text Box: Teesdale—the dale that Durham once shared with Yorkshire
Text Box: Derwentdale - the most northerly of the Durham dales 
Text Box: Hadrian’s Wall—Rome’s North-West frontier
Text Box: Weardale—rural tranquillity with an industrial past
Text Box: Durham Coast - Turning the Tide