Region: North East England

County Durham Local Access Forum
Overview

'Its membership is made up of people whose knowledge and experience relates to land access. There is a great range of expertise within the LAF, with both user and landowner interests being represented fairly.'

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Durham County Council

County Durham Parish Paths Partnership (P3)
Overview

'The P3 provides grants to locally-based community groups and parish councils to improve and promote the rights of way network in their area. The overall aim of this grant is to make the local rights of way network open and available.'

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Durham County Council

Cow Green Geological Trail
Distance (miles)5
Overview

'The trail will introduce many of the rocks which make the Teesdale landscape so special and which make the dale a haven for rare and interesting plants.'

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Explore Teesdale

Deadwater Walking Trail
Distance (miles)5
Overview

'The summit of Deadwater Fell lies at just under 1900 feet (571 metres) and straddles the border between Scotland and England. The spectacular panoramic views from the top are now available not only for cyclists to enjoy but also walkers,'

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Forestry England

Derwent Walk Railway Path
Distance (miles)12
Overview

'Extremely popular linear route between Consett and Swalwell, with fabulous views across the Derwent valley.'

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Durham County Council

Durham Heritage Coastal Footpath
Distance (miles)11
Overview

''From Sunderland to Hartlepool, the Durham Heritage Coast has emerged from its industrial past to an area worthy of Heritage Coast status with one of the finest coastlines in England ... '

Durham Railway Paths
Overview

'Come and experience Durham's railway legacy. The railway paths - former railway lines - are attractive countryside routes that can be used by walkers, wheelchair users, horse-riders and cyclists.'

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Durham County Council

Embleton and Newton Links Walk
Overview

'Embleton Bay is a magnificent stretch of sand and dunes between Low Newton and the majestic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, perfect for a easy wander. If you'd rather relax and enjoy the scenery, then when not bring your rug and lie on the lower slopes of the dunes.'

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National Trust

England Coast Path
Distance (miles)2735
Overview

'A new National Trail all around England's coast. It's not ready yet but work is underway to make it happen ... A similar initiative has already happened in Wales, you can find out more on the Wales Coast Path website.'

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National Trails

England Coast Path - North Gare to South Bents
Distance (miles)34
Overview

'The 55 km stretch of the England Coast Path from North Gare to South Bents is now open to the public. Coastal access rights came into force along this stretch of coast on 11 April 2014 by Order of the Secretary of State.'

England Coast Path - South Bents to Amble
Distance (miles)44
Overview

'People will be able to explore the coast around the river Tyne and into Northumberland, linking the wild beaches and dunes of Druridge Bay to seaside resorts such as Whitley Bay and ports like North Shields further south.'

Escomb, Witton Park & Etherley Walk
Distance (miles)5
Overview

'Iron, Steam, Coal and Countryside ... A Network of Walks off the Weardale Way'

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Durham County Council

Gateshead's Great Outdoors
Overview

'FREE led walks taking place across the borough - come and Get Walking in Gateshead!'

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Gateshead Council

Hadrian's Wall Path
Distance (miles)84
Overview

'An unbroken 84-mile signposted trail stretching from coast-to-coast, from Wallsend in the east to Bowness-on-solway in the west.'

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National Trails

Haltwhistle Ring Walks
Overview

'22 Walks in the Historic Parishes of Haltwhistle, Northumberland'

'Whilst Walking in and around Hadrian's Wall Country please remember that "every footstep counts" particularly during the wet winter months. You can help protect Hadrian's Wall Country and one of the great wonders of the world by following the simple advice below ...'

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Haltwhistle Centre of Britain

Headland Story Trail
Distance (miles)4
Overview

'Hartlepool Headland is found at the North of the town and now features a number of attractions and interesting features to keep visitors entertained whether you are here for an hour or a half-day.'

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Destination Hartlepool

Herrington Country Park Art and Sculpture Trail
Distance (miles)2
Overview

'Herrington Country Park is located on Chester Road, opposite Penshaw Monument. The park was developed from a former colliery site, and many of the art and sculpture pieces represent the link to its mining history.'

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See it Do it Sunderland

High Force, Low Force and the River Tees from Bowlees Walk
Distance (miles)8
Overview

'This County Durham walk follows the most dramatic section of the River Tees, which begins life on the isolated flanks of Cross Fell in the North Pennines and enters the North Sea surrounded by industry.'

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Walking Britain

Isaac's Tea Trail Walk - North Pennines
Distance (miles)36
Overview

'Isaac's Tea Trail has been described as England's last great undiscovered wilderness trek. The trail runs over 36 miles and is mainly in Northumberland and entirely within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ... A fully illustrated new trail guide Hidden Heritage in England's North Country (2013) at £4.95 with 100 people and places of special interest from local Tourist Information Centres. Also a free trail leaflet downloadable from the trail website.'

John Martin Trail
Distance (miles)11
Overview

'Born in Haydon Bridge, John Martin became the most popular artist of his day. His paintings are frequently based on biblical stories, reflecting his religious upbringing. They are set in dramatic landscapes, possibly inspired by the countryside of his youth. The Trail visits many of the places associated with John Martin ...'

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Haydon Development Trust

Lakeside Way
Distance (miles)26
Size (acreage)2700
Overview

'Multi-user path offers visitors to Kielder Water & Forest Park a truly unique experience giving access to the most scenic parts of the lake shore and the opportunity to get up close to some of Kielder’s abundant wildlife.'

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Forestry England

Lanchester Valley Railway Path
Distance (miles)12
Overview

'Part of an extensive network of Railway Paths which are fantastic for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders. At Lydgetts Junction, this route joins the Waskerley Way and Derwent Valley Railway Paths and the Consett-Sunderland cycle route. At Broompark, it joins the Brandon-Bishops Auckland and Deerness Valley Railway Paths.'

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Durham County Council

Local Motion: Darlington and Durham
Overview

'Looking for ideas and inspiration to help you start walking in your area? With an abundance of parks, woodlands and green open space, the Darlington and South Durham area is a playground ready to be explored.'

Lowry Trail
Distance (miles)6
Overview

'Surrounded by its medieval ramparts, Berwick-upon-Tweed was an inspiration to the painter L S Lowry. Now, visitors can take a walk in his footsteps to explore this picturesque city in the Northeast of England.'

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Visit Northumberland

Newbiggin by the Sea Art Trail
Distance (miles)4
Overview

'Newbiggin by the Sea has a thriving artistic community and a rich variety of artworks to explore. "Couple" by Sean Henry may be our most famous but take this walk around the village and you will discover many, many more. Stone carvings, ceramic panels, stained glass windows & community sculpture can all be found on the trail. Many of the artworks featured have been produced by artists living and working in the village. The entire trail will take about two hours but it can be enjoyed in shorter sections.'

Newcastle Explore Heritage
Overview

'We have produced several leaflets that will help you enjoy the heritage of Newcastle: Explore Heritage: Newcastle Gateshead; Explore Heritage: The Victoria Tunnel; Explore Heritage: Old Newcastle; Explore Heritage: Blackfriars.'

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Newcastle City Council

North East England Rambles and Hikes
Overview

'My descriptions of the walks are not of the sort to tell you exactly the route in specific detail as l believe that all walkers should carry the relevant OS Explorer map and a compass or GPS, preferably both should your batteries run out! Our OS maps are the best that l see in whatever country l visit and we should use them.'

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Bill's Walks

North East Guided Walks
Overview

'We have a programme of guided walks in Northumberland all year round. We also provide guided walks in the North Pennines, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Hadrian's Wall.   The Cheviot, Windy Gyle, Cross Fell and Scafell Pike are just a few of the days out we can offer.   Guided walks along St. Cuthbert's Way and Hadrian's Wall Path can be arranged.'

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North East Guides

North of the Tyne Walks
Overview

'This selection of walks in Northumberland follow recognised public rights of way or permissive paths and should be easy for most people to negotiate: but please remember that wet and winter weather can make paths muddy in places and the summer months produce fresh growth of vegetation - so wear suitable clothing and footwear.'

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Norman B. Mackillop

North Pennine Bird Walks
Overview

PDFs of 14 Leaflets available for download; also links to details of some two dozen other locations good for birdwatching walks.

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North Pennines AONB

North Tyneside Heritage Walks and Trails
Overview

'The best way to explore the fascinating history of North Tyneside is on foot. A number of walks are available to download ...'

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North Tyneside Council

North Tyneside Waggonways Walks
Overview

'The historic 19th century Waggonways network was once used to haul coal to ships on the River Tyne from dozens of coal mines in the borough, but had fallen into disrepair over many years. In 2000 North Tyneside Council successfully bid for over £2m worth of funding to transform more than 30 miles of routes as part of the Government's Liveability Fund. The former haulage routes were transformed into a welcoming and accessible community leisure, travel and learning resource.'

North Tyneside Walking
Overview

'This website arose following the publication in leaflet form of seven North Tyneside "heritage" walks by North Tyneside Council and other interested parties. These seven walks form the centrepiece of this website and are intended to give the reader a taste of many of the "historical" facets of North Tyneside ...'

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Geoff Holland

Northern Cross Easter Walking Pilgrimage to Holy Island
Overview

'There are traditionally 5 main walks or Legs as we call them which are named after their associations with locations. Carlisle, Melrose and Lanark start in those towns. Haddington used to start in that town until it started in Edinburgh. Northumbrian was originally Newcastle, then Hexham, then settled on Northumbrian as it has always been a walk almost entirely in the county of Northumberland.' Held around the time of Easter

Northumberland Coast Geodiversity
Overview

'The Northumberland coast’s variety reflects the complex nature of the geodiversity that underlies it. Along the coast the action of the sea and human activities laid bare these foundations. They now provide clues to how the landscape has been created and why it has been colonised by nature and exploited by humankind ... To help you explore the fascinating geology of the Northumberland coast we have produced two self-guided geology trails for you to download as pdf files: [1] Howick and Cullernose Point - - - : [2] Bamburgh'

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Northumberland Coast AONB

Northumberland Coast Path
Distance (miles)64
Overview

'Offers some of the finest coastal walking in Europe, it stretches for 103 km along the Northumberland Coast AONB from Cresswell in the South to Berwick-upon-Tweed in the North.' Note that this Website Link replaces one from Northumberland County Council which I could no longer find ...'

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Your Northumberland Guide

Northumberland Definitive Map and Statement
Overview

'The Definitive Map and Statement is the document where all public rights of way are legally recorded. It provides conclusive evidence of the paths it shows, but there may be other paths with public rights that are not shown ... There are over 3000 miles of Public Rights of Way in Northumberland. They are a great resource to help you exercise, relax or enjoy the outstanding quality of the Northumberland countryside, coast, towns and villages.'

Northumberland National Park and County Joint Local Access Forum
Overview

'An independent body with an interest in public rights of way and access to the countryside in our area ... The Forum covers the county of Northumberland and gives advice on three main areas: [1] Improving the Rights of Way network - - - : [2] Developing strategies for recreation and access which cater for a wide range of people - - - : [3] Implementing the statutory right of access to the countryside.'

Northumberland Railway Walks
Overview

'We like to explore disused railway lines. We organise walks throughout North East England, for people of varying ages and abilities, usually on disused railways, although we also explore the high fells, rivers, the coastline etc. We are not a high-powered hiking club concerned mainly with clocking up the miles ... '

Northumberland Walks
Overview

'The walks on this website have all been done by the website owners ... over the last few years in the pursuit of photography for our Northumberland Photo website.'

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Les and Jan Bell

Portrack Riverside Walk
Overview

'Uses several of the key sites along the banks of the River Tees, where nature is reclaiming land previously used by heavy industry. Passing through Portrack Marsh Nature Reserve, along historic footpaths, using the river crossing of the Tees Barrage and Newport Bridge, and with good links to other sites in the area, there is something for everyone along the route.'

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Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

Red Kite Trail
Distance (miles)11
Overview

'Circular walking route through the beautiful countryside of the lower Derwent Valley in Gateshead and County Durham, where there are many opportunities to see magnificent red kites and a variety of other wildlife.'

Redcar & Cleveland Ironstone Heritage Trail
Distance (miles)17
Overview

'Celebrates the iron and steel history of the Borough. Linking Eston and Skinningrove the trail follows public footpaths passing industrial sites. One aspect of the trail is that it recognises the commitment of many of the villages and community groups that are promoting the importance of heritage in their area.'

River Don Walk
Distance (miles)6
Overview

'Walk along the banks of the River Don from the River Tyne at Jarrow to West Boldon'

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South Tyneside Council

Roker Beach to Beamish Trail
Distance (miles)15
Overview

'Starts on the seafront at Roker in Sunderland and travels inland to the pretty village of Beamish ... Largely traffic free with some short on road sections. No hills, but there is a climb on the section beside Sunderland Enterprise Park.'

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Sustrans

South Tyneside Coastal Walk
Distance (miles)7
Overview

'Walk along the coast between the River Tyne and Whitburn Bents passing Marsden Rock and Souter Lighthouse.'

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South Tyneside Council

South Tyneside Heritage Trail
Distance (miles)26
Overview

'South Tyneside Heritage Trail is a walking route designed to help you explore aspects of the Borough's incredibly rich and diverse heritage. The trail follows a route of roughly 26 miles passing through most of the towns and villages, which make up the Borough. It takes you through a variety of landscapes, from rugged coastline and farmland to reclaimed industrial sites and busy streets where people go about their daily living ...'

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South Tyneside Council

St Oswald's Way
Distance (miles)97
Overview

'Long-distance walking route, exploring some of the finest landscapes and fascinating history of Northumberland ... Short Walks Around St. Oswald's Way.'

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St Oswald's Way Association

St Peter's Sculpture Trail
Distance (miles)1
Overview

'The Sculpture Trail, running along the final part of the C2C or Coast to Coast was created over a decade from 1991 to 2001 by sculptor Colin Wilbourn and writer Chaz Brenchley. Colin and Chaz worked with residents of Sunderland to create the trail which brings together Sunderland’s past and present.'

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See It Do It Sunderland

Stockton Heritage
Overview

'Travel back in time to discover surviving examples of the Borough's history. Working closely with Tees Archaeology we have produce a series of leaflets celebrating the history of Stockton, Norton, Yarm and Cowpen Bewley ... These historical adventures are fun for the whole family.' ALERT The Leaflets are now accessible via the 'Walking' Section of the Council Website; so I have changed the Link here.

Stockton River Routes Walks
Overview

'River Routes in Stockton is a new 3 year project that is dedicated to getting local people enjoying and involved in their local green spaces. The project's main work will be aimed at developing areas that people can enjoy which are close to the River Tees and the becks that flow through the Borough.'

Note: Not clear what happened to this Project ... The Website URL now leads to details of a related series of Projects badged as River Tees Rediscovered.

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Groundwork North East

Sunderland Heritage Trails
Overview

'Sunderland is steeped in history with many hidden treasures to discover. The historic and natural environment can have a positive effect on both mental and physical wellbeing. Why not give yourself a boost, get outside, get active and reconnect with history and nature with Sunderland City Council's heritage walks?'

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Sunderland City Council

Tees Link
Distance (miles)11
Overview

'Waymarked path across the Tees Valley linking the Cleveland Way at Highcliff Nab with the Teesdale Way at Middlesbrough Dock. The link also forms part of the E2 European Route from Harwich to Stranraer.'

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Walking Pages

See also

Tees Link [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes] | Tees Link (3179175) [OpenStreetMap]

Tees Valley Local Access Forum
Overview

'The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Regulations enabled Joint Local Access Forums to be established: the Boroughs of Stockton on Tees, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Darlington formed a Joint Local Access Forum in September 2003 to consider and contribute to cross boundary initiatives.'

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Hartlepool Borough Council

The Missing River Walk
Distance (miles)6
Overview

'Discover why one of Durham's rivers completely changed its course.'

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Discovering Britain

The Otterburn Ranges
Overview

'Otterburn Training Area is situated in the Northumberland National Park ... Otterburn Training Area consists of over 22000 hectares of land and is the largest single live firing range in the UK. Some 30,000 soldiers use the area each year. The training area covers 23% of the National Park and consists of rolling uplands forming part of the Cheviot foothills ... ' 'It is the shared aim of the Northumberland National Park and the MoD to encourage as much access to the area as possible. You are free to use the rights of way and access land to the north of the River Coquet at all times - this is the dry training area where there is no live firing.'

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Ministry of Defence

Three Peaks of Cheviot Challenge Walk
Distance (miles)40
Overview

'This walk links three of the shapeliest peaks in the Cheviot Hills - The Schil, Windy Gyle and Hedgehope, and involves some 5700 feet of ascent. It is not a walk for beginners and walkers should not underestimate its severity.'

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LDWA - Northumbria

Transporter Bridge Centenary Walk
Distance (miles)2
Overview

'Come and enjoy the changing faces of Middlesbrough with this walk, which takes in the iconic Transporter Bridge, clock tower and then on to Temenos (the world acclaimed sculpture by Anish Kapoor).'

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Middlesbrough Council

Tyne and Wear Joint Local Access Forum
Overview

'An independent body with an interest in public rights of way and access to the countryside in our area. The Forum meets four times a year and new members are welcome.'

Weardale Way
Distance (miles)77
Overview

'The Way follows principally the meandering line of the Wear River either from its mouth at Sunderland to close to its source in the North Pennines at Killhope or it can be walked in the opposite direction travelling in a general NE direction.'

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The Durham Cow

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