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Deerness Valley Railway Path

13 km / 8 miles

One of a series of walks, the Durham Railway Paths, using dismantled railways in the Durham area. This line was opened in 1858 and carried coal out of the valley for nearly a hundred years. Now it is a pleasant walk, which follows the River Deerness through a wooded and pastoral landscape. The track runs high above the River Deerness valley, crossing and recrossing the river, and passes by Ushaw Moor asnd Esk Winning to finally cross the river again near Waterhouses to head south to Crook.

Leaflets currently out of print however copies will be sent out from Durham Rangers. Please contact Maria Murphy 0191 383 4144 or by Email

From Broompark follow the Deerness Valley Walk sign.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Attributes: Easy; Former Railway
NZ251415 - Broompark Picnic Area, Stonebridge, Co Durham
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NZ163360 - Crook, Co Durham
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Web Sites: Durham CC - Railway Paths

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Package: Railway Paths in County Durham (Durham County Council - 1997)


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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 8892
OS Landranger Active: 8892
OS Explorer: 305307308
OS Explorer Active: 305307308

Group Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

Hostel Accommodation: Durham City YHA, University of Durham, Durham City 2 Km

Connected Paths:

Related Paths: Durham Railway Paths
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Brandon - Bishop Auckland Walk; Lanchester Valley Walk


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Route Profile:

14.0 Km (8.7 miles)
218 m (715 ft) ascent
253 m (830 ft)  maximum height