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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 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.


Waymark: Named green discs
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Named green discs
Attributes: Easy
World Heritage Site
Start: NZ407590 - Lindisfarne Memorial, Marine Walk, 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 SCSupport Ltd - Weardale Way Weardale Way [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

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


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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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