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Darlington walking routes

Darlington has over 300 km of public rights of way, ten local nature reserves, seven formal parks, three community woodlands and numerous other open spaces. Below are some of the most popular walking routes in Darlington.

  1. 1 Walking route: Whinfield Loop [pdf]
  2. 2 Walking route: Rockwell Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
  3. 3 Walking route: Red Hall/Great Burdon Loop [pdf]
  4. 4 Walking route: Red Hall Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
  5. 5 Walking route: The Whinnies & Middleton St George [pdf]
  6. 6 Walking route: Maidendale Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
  7. 7 Walking route: Geneva Wood & Brankin Moor Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
  8. 8 Walking route: South Park [pdf]
  9. 9 Walking route: Broken Scar & River Tees [pdf]
  10. 10 Walking route: Cocker Beck Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
  11. 11 Walking route: West Park Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
  12. 12 Walking route: Brinkburn Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
  13. 13 Walking route: Drinkfield Marsh Local Nature Reserve [pdf]

For more walking ideas, you can view a list of parks in the area here:  Darlington's Parks and Green Spaces [external link]

For more information about wheelchair accessible walks in Darlington town centre, please visit www.wheelygood.org [external link]

South Durham walking routes

County Durham has some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. Here are  some of our walking routes; please contact us for printed copies.

Bishop Auckland Walks

  1. Bellburn Wood (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]
  2. Brack's Farm Circular (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]
  3. Etherley Park (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]
  4. Stan Laurel Circular (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]
  5. Town and River Wear Circular (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]

Shildon walks

  1. Shildon Town Heritage [pdf]
  2. A Walk in the Park (Shildon) [pdf]
  3. Shildon and Eldon circular [pdf]

Newton Aycliffe walks

  1. Simpasture Nature Walk (Newton Aycliffe) [pdf]
  2. West Park Boating Lakes (Newton Aycliffe) [pdf]
  3. Woodham Burn Circular (Newton Aycliffe) [pdf]
  4. Newton Aycliffe to Shildon Rail Station [pdf]
  5. Moor Nature Reserve Circular (Newton Aycliffe [pdf]

Find out more about walking in County Durham on these sites

Walking in Durham [external link]

Durham County Council countryside events and guided walks [external link]

Tees Valley walking routes

For more walks in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Cleveland, Redcar and the wider Tees Valley please visit our partner site Connect Tees Valley

Walking further afield...

If you’re venturing further afield and would like to explore the walking routes available in other areas, visit some of these sites for more walking inspiration.

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There are 15 National Trails [external link]. Walkers can enjoy them all, cyclists and horse riders can enjoy the Pennine Bridleway and the South Downs Way, as well as sections of the other Trails. In total, England and Wales have around 2,500 miles (4,000 Km) of National Trail.
 
The England Coast Path [external link] will be the newest (and longest) National Trail when it is complete in 2020. 
 
Download 'The Best Trails in England and Wales' [external pdf] leaflet to find out more about the National Trails.

 

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The Ramblers [external link] offer walks all over the UK for all ages and abilities.

Walking apps for smart phones

Here are a few ideas for online walking apps that can track miles walked, monitor your health and show walks in your area.  There are many more apps to choose from and we welcome your comments and reviews or recommendations for other apps.  

Here are some ideas to get started:

Pedometers

Moves [external link] automatically records any walking, cycling, and running you do. You can view the distance, duration, steps, and calories burned for each activity. 

Walkmeter Abvio [external link] uses GPS to measure the distance of your walks and hikes and continually records your time, location, distance, elevation, and speed. 

Map my walk England [external link] a pedometer app that maps your route, as well as showing you walks and walking groups in your area.

Pacer Pedometer [external link] an activity tracker that can track weight and blood pressure as well as setting specific walking goals

The Walk [external link] A 500 mile thriller where every step counts.  It's time to walk for your life

For hikers

EveryTrail [external link] use EveryTrail to discover where to go and what to do in some of the best places on earth.

Mudmaps [external link] provides maps for hikers, helps keep you on the right path.  

Treasure maps

Treasure trails has a variety of maps to buy that offer treasure hunts, murder mysteries, spy missions in your area.

 

Nearby walking clubs

Darlington area walking clubs

Darlington CHA & HF Rambling Club [external link]

Darlington Dales and Hills [external link]

 

South Durham walking clubs

Aycliffe Fellwalking Club [external link]

Crook & Weardale Rambling Club [external link]

Durham City Ramblers [external link]

 

Other walking clubs

Barnard Castle Ramblers [external link]

National walking organisations

In England the agency responsible for promoting access to the countryside is Natural England [external link].

Walking organisations promoting walking and walkers:

  • Ramblers Charity [external link] offers hundreds of group led walks across the UK every week
  • Nordic Walking [external link] specific type of walking, site offers classes and groups across the UK 
  • Walking for Health [external link] promoting walking in England to improve health.  Run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer support and offers around 3,000 walks a week by specially trained volunteers.

  • Walk 4 Life [external link] Walk4Life is all about helping people move and walking is a great way to start.  Almost everyone can do it, anywhere, at any time, and it’s free!

  • Walk Unlimited [external link] formerly Walk England, a social enterprise that aims to get everyone in England walking.

Accommodations for walkers include:

 

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