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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
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Easy; Former Railway
NZ251415 - Broompark Picnic Area, Stonebridge, Co Durham
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NZ163360 - Crook, Co Durham
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Railway Paths in County Durham (Durham County Council - 1997)


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