A curated guide on where to walk in Durham, featuring riverside routes, easy ambles, sought-out hikes and marked cultural stopping points.
Here are our picks
Riverside Walk, Green Lane, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3UW - Visit now
Easily accessible from the city centre the Riverside Walk is best joined from either Elvet or Framwellgate Bridge and then takes you on a circular walk beside the River Wear. Perfect on a sunny day, the riverside is covered in woodland and is cool even on the warmest days providing a cool breeze and the smell of trees and plants that is evocative of native British woodlands.
Aykley Wood, Aykley Wood Nature Reserve, Durham, DH1 5YS - Visit now
Found to the North of Durham, Aykley Wood is a nature reserve. Situated next to local housing estates the woods have protected an area of ancient British woodlands in county Durham and ensured that these can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
Frankland Park, Frankland Park, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5SQ - Visit now
Frankland Park is a linear walk though some of the most beautiful ancient woodland in County Durham. Found to the East of Durham on the banks of the River Wear, this walk takes you from the medieval religious house of Kepier Hospital through to the industrial viaduct that brought the trains to Durham.
Low Burnhall, South Road, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3TX - Visit now
A two miles from Durham city and off the historic Great North Road is Low Burnhall – sixty eight hectares of stunning natural beauty; a wonderful natural woodland that ranges from newly planted trees through to ancient British woodlands.
Auckland Park, Auckland Castle Deer Park, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7QJ - Visit now
Next to Bishop Auckland is the refurbished Auckland project which is now internationally famous for Kynren and the Spanish Gallery, but also has the grand and pleasant Auckland Park attached to the Castle.