Walks in Durham

Alexander Iles

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

  • 1. Riverside Walk

    Riverside Walk
    Courtesy of Visit County Durham

    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.

  • 2. Botanical Gardens

    Botanical Gardens
    Courtesy of Durham University

    Botanical Gardens, Durham University, Hollingside Lane, South Road, Durham City, DH1 3TN - Visit now

    The Botanical Gardens are a short distance from the city centre and cover ten hectares of land, taking you across the world and introducing you to the beautiful diversity of plants.

  • 3. Wharton Park

    Wharton Park
    Courtesy of Durham County Council

    Wharton Park, Framwellgate Peth, Durham, DH1 4RR - Visit now

    Just behind Durham’s Train station is Wharton Park. The park was created after William Lloyd Wharton inherited the land and decided that Durham needed a public park alongside the railway station.

  • 4. Aykley Wood

    Aykley Wood
    Courtesy of Durham County Council

    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.

  • 5. Frankland Park

    Frankland Park

    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.

  • 6. Low Burnhall

    Low Burnhall

    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.

  • 7. Old Durham Gardens

    Old Durham Gardens
    Old Durham Gardens

    Old Durham Gardens, Bent House Lane, Durham, County Durham, DH1 2RY - Visit now

    With more than three hundred and fifty years of history Old Durham Gardens, less than a mile from the historic city centre of Durham, is a popular location for pleasant walks and relaxation.

  • 8. Auckland Park

    Auckland Park
    Auckland Project

    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.

  • 9. Finchale Priory

    Finchale Priory

    Finchale Priory, Finchale Priory, Finchale Avenue,, Framwellgate Moor, County Durham, DH1 5SH - Visit now

    Finchale Priory, three miles North East of Durham, is a wonderful peaceful spot that can be found fifteen minutes away from Durham city centre.