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Named green discsWeardale Way

Durham, Tyne and Wear

124 km / 77 miles
A route following the River Wear from the sea at the Bede Memorial Cross, Roker to the headwaters in the east Pennines, keeping as close as is possible to the river. After leaving the initially urban surroundings of Sunderland it visits Lumley Castle, Durham (where the Castle and Cathedral forms a World Heritage Site), Bishop Auckland and Stanhope. After Stanhope the Way makes a northward loop to Rookhope to take in part of a tributary, Rookhope Burn.

The Way was upgraded and revised in 2006 with a change to the finish point, previously at Wearhead, not yet reflected on OS mapping. At Wearhead, Killhope and Burnhope Burns combine to form the Wear and the extension is up Killhope Burn. Nine circular walks around villages, including Rookhope, St John's Chapel and Escomb, are being developed.

The River Wear Trail (10 miles and shown on OS Explorer mapping) between Roker and Fatfield runs on both banks of the tidal Wear with parts coincident with the Way.

FEBRUARY 2024: An impassable stretch of the Weardale Way has been reported at NZ 161310, where it abuts the bank of the River Wear near Witton Park, County Durham. The riverbank has reportedly been eroded away for “a few years”, though there are reportedly no warning notices.

MAY 2024: The footbridge over the beck in Harperley Dene (Grid Reference NZ 130341) approaching Wadley Farm, has been removed "temporarily" due to its condition. A signed diversion using other public rights of way and a short section of the A68 is in place which will require a couple of extra kilometres walking. The closure was stated to be until the end of 2023.


Waymark: Named green discs
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Named green discs
Attributes: Easy
World Heritage Site
Start: NZ407593 - Bede Memorial Cross, Cliffe Park, Roker, Tyne and Wear View on StreetMap
Finish: NY825431 - Killhope Lead Mining Museum, near Cowshill, Upper Weardale, Durham View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Durham CC - Weardale Way Durham Cow - Weardale Way Weardale Way [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Weardale Way Pocket Guide  (Walking Books  - 2021 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 86, 87, 88, 91, 92, 93
OS Landranger Active 86, 87, 88, 91, 92, 93
OS Explorer 31, 305, 307, 308
OS Explorer Active 31, 305, 307, 308

Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

B & B Accommodation
< 1 km
35 km
Bunk House
1 km
82 km
Bunk House
< 1 km
103 km
Hostel Accommodation
4 km
124 km
Camping Barn
4 km
124 km

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Route Profile:

122.3 km (76.0 miles)
1,981 m (6,499 ft) ascent
493 m (1,617 ft)  maximum height

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