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Welcome to the Durham Cow

Welcome to the The Durham Cow, your guide to the historic sites and unique heritage of County Durham and northern England. Because much of what our region has to offer is hidden in out-of-the-way places that are best accessed on foot you’ll also find the most comprehensive guide on the web to County Durham’s two major long-distance walking trails, the Weardale Way and the Teesdale Way. Each of these fantastic footpaths conducts you across the county from east to west and provides a unique perspective on the county’s special place in the history of the British Isles.

Durham City features in section 10 of the Weardale WayHigh Force features on section 2 of the Teesdale Way

Walk, Run or Bike

In my opinion many of the best heritage sites that are featured here can’t be reached by car so in order to see them you’ll have to go on foot or by bike (some will require you to take a lock because you might not legally be able to make it all the way by bike). The On the Bike section details rides that I have made personally to various heritage sites throughout the north and takes in a mixture of surfaces mainly on roads and cycle paths but with some more rugged off-road sections thrown in for variety.

Online Shop

To help lube the financial axles of this project there is an online shop where you can buy your own handy-sized paperback guide to the Weardale Way (the Teesdale Way is coming) OR if you’ve successfully completed either (or both) of the two trails why not buy one of our top-quality Durham Trails Mugs, printed especially for you, to mark your achievement?

For more about this project and its author read the ‘About Us‘ page.