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Named green discsWeardale Way

124 km / 77 miles

Durham, Tyne and Wear
A route following the River Wear from the sea at the Lindisfarne Memorial, Roker, Sunderland to the headwaters in the east Pennines, keeping as close as is possible to the river and 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.


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Named green discs
Named green discs
Easy; River; Urban; World Heritage Site
NZ407590 - Lindisfarne Memorial, Marine Walk, Roker, Tyne and Wear
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NY825431 - Killhope Lead Mining Museum, near Cowshill, Upper Weardale, Durham
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Walking the Great Rivers: The Weardale Way (Jema Publications - 1997)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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The Highfield Hotel  (bookable online)
4 Km
19 Km
Hostel Accommodation
< 1 Km
35 Km
Bunk House
1 Km
103 Km
Cornriggs Cottages  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
119 Km
Hostel Accommodation
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