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Walks for all Ages in County Durham

Walks for all Ages in County Durham

by: Norman and June Buckley
Although it is generally less well known as walking countryside than areas such as the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District, County Durham is nevertheless a great area for walkers and is well provided with attractive walking routes. The dales in the west of the county, particularly Weardale and Teesdale, with its superb waterfalls, are at least the equal of any of the better-known Yorkshire Dales.

Although the walks included in this book are, almost by definition, short and generally avoid numerous stiles or serious ascents, they embrace a wide range of landscapes. Most are circular but the use of former railway lines does encourage a linear format, using a bus service for the return in some cases. Sections of designated long-distance footpaths such as the Teesdale Way, the Weardale Way and the Durham Coast Path have been incorporated into some of the walks.

Each of the 20 walks begins with a description of the local area, followed by fully detailed route instructions. Full colour Ordnance Survey 1:25000 scale Explorer mapping supports the text and there are snippets of useful information as you go along. The book also has lots of colour photographs throughout. At the beginning of each walk practical information listed includes distance, gradient, difficulty, approximate time, number of stiles, OS Explorer map number, path description, start point grid reference, parking information, suitability for dogs and local refreshment facilities.

The walk locations are:
Blanchland - 1.5 miles
St John's Chapel and Ireshopeburn - 2.75 miles
Stanhope and Ashes Quarry - 1.5 miles
Frosterley - 3.5 miles
Wolsingham - 1.5 miles
High Force - 4.75 miles
Bowlees and Low Force - 2.5 miles
Mickleton and Middleton-in-Teesdale - 2.5 miles
Mickleton and Romaldkirk - 2.25 miles
Grassholme Reservoir - 3.75 miles
Blackton Reservoir and Low Birk Hat - 2.25 miles
Bowes - 2.25 miles
Cotherstone - 2 miles
Barnard Castle and Egglestone Abbey - 2.75 miles
Gainford and Piercebridge - 2.25 miles
Hamsterley Forest - 1.75 miles
Bishop Auckland - 3.5 miles
Shincliffe Wood and the River Wear - 1.75 miles
Durham City - 2 miles
Seaham - 3 miles

ISBN 9781909914407 Pages 96 (2015) 120mm x 220mm

Price: 5.99