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.

Our top picks

Riverside Walk

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.

Riverside Walk
Courtesy of Visit County Durham

Botanical Gardens

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.

Botanical Gardens
Courtesy of Durham University

Wharton Park

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.

Wharton Park
Courtesy of Durham County Council

Aykley Wood

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.

Aykley Wood
Courtesy of Durham County Council

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.

Frankland Park

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.

Low Burnhall

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.

Old Durham Gardens
Old Durham Gardens

Auckland Park

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.

Auckland Park
Auckland Project

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.

Finchale Priory

Where to go in North East

Thompson Park
Sunderland
Park
Thompson Park, Sunderland

Thompson Park in Sunderland provides a local area for sport in the city. If you are looking for outdoor exercise from tennis to bowling, then Thompson Park can provide it.

Doxford Park
Sunderland
Park
The Secret Garden – Doxford Park

Doxford Park has a long history with human habitation back to the stone age, though the name of Silkworth comes from a Scandinavian Chief Silki who settled the land and created a community there a ‘worth’.

Sunderland
Park
Roker Park

Roker Park started as Sunderland Association Football Club’s stadium from the club’s founding in 1898 to 1997 when it was demolished and the club moved to the Stadium of Light. The park today has pleasant walks beside creatively planted flower beds awash with colour.

Barnes Park
Sunderland
Park
Barnes Park

Considered one of the most popular parks in Sunderland and one of the best walks to experience in the city, Barnes Park is just under two miles long providing a lot of space for people to enjoy.

Mowbray Park
Sunderland
Park
Mowbray Park

In the heart of Sunderland is Mowbray Park – one of the oldest parks in the North East of England. This beautiful park is wonderfully Victorian, being carefully designed to allow for a pleasant walk and fresh air in the centre of the city, while showing you plans from across the world.

Auckland Park
Durham
Park
Auckland Park

Next to Bishop Auckland is the refurbished Auckland project which is now internationally famous for Kynren and the Spanish Gallery, but also has a grand and pleasant park attached to the Castle.

Old Durham Gardens
Durham
Park
Old Durham Gardens

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.

Low Burnhall
Durham
Park
Low Burnhall

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.

Frankland Park
Durham
Park
Frankland Park

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.

Aykley Wood
Durham
Park
Aykley Wood

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.

Wharton Park
Durham
Park
Wharton Park

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.

Heaton Park Newcastle
Newcastle
Park
Heaton Park Newcastle

Found in the east end of Newcastle, Heaton Park offers fantastic opportunities to explore with woods, beautifully maintained flowerbeds, and wooded areas all in the same park. It is fantastically connected to both Armstrong Park and Jesmond Dene, for those looking to extend their walk around the other parks locally.

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