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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 Walking route: Whinfield Loop [pdf]
- 2 Walking route: Rockwell Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
- 3 Walking route: Red Hall/Great Burdon Loop [pdf]
- 4 Walking route: Red Hall Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
- 5 Walking route: The Whinnies & Middleton St George [pdf]
- 6 Walking route: Maidendale Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
- 7 Walking route: Geneva Wood & Brankin Moor Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
- 8 Walking route: South Park [pdf]
- 9 Walking route: Broken Scar & River Tees [pdf]
- 10 Walking route: Cocker Beck Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
- 11 Walking route: West Park Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
- 12 Walking route: Brinkburn Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
- 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
- Bellburn Wood (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]
- Brack's Farm Circular (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]
- Etherley Park (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]
- Stan Laurel Circular (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]
- Town and River Wear Circular (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]
Newton Aycliffe walks
- Simpasture Nature Walk (Newton Aycliffe) [pdf]
- West Park Boating Lakes (Newton Aycliffe) [pdf]
- Woodham Burn Circular (Newton Aycliffe) [pdf]
- Newton Aycliffe to Shildon Rail Station [pdf]
- 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 walks and walking activities in Stockton, please visit The Hub [external link]
For walks and walking activities in Redcar, please visit This is Redcar & Cleveland [external link]
For walks and walking activities in Middlesbrough, please visit Walk Middlesbrough [external link]
For walks and walking activities in Hartlepool, please visit Walk about in Hartlepool [external link]
For general information about public travel in the Tees Valley, please visit our partner website Connect Tees Valley [external link].
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.
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:
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
Mudmaps [external link] provides maps for hikers, helps keep you on the right path.
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
- The British Mountaineering Council [external link] walking, hiking and mountaineering information
- British Walking Federation [external link] organises walks for people of all ages and abilities
- Long Distance Walkers Association [external link] (assists walkers on long distance trails)
- 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:
- Youth Hostels Association (England and Wales) [external link]
- Mountain Bothies Association [external link]