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Lanchester Valley Walk

19 km / 12 miles

One of a series of walks, the Durham Railway Paths, using dismantled railways in the Durham area. The railway was originally built to carry iron ore to Consett Steelworks and coal from Langley Park. It opened as a passenger service in 1862 and closed altogether in 1965. Points of interest include: Beau Repaire, a former monks retreat, Lanchester Roman Fort and Hurbuck Embankment, a large embankment constructed using colliery waste.

The path passes through or nearby the villages of Bearpark, Langley Park and Lanchester before reaching its end at Lydgetts Junction near Consett.

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


Path Type
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Easy; Former Railway
NZ250415 - Broompark Picnic Area, Stonebridge, Co, Durham
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NZ100494 - Lydgetts Junction, Consett, Co, Durham
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Lanchester Valley Railway Path (Durham County Council)


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20.0 Km (12.4 miles)
266 m (873 ft) ascent
243 m (797 ft)  maximum height