The Durham Cow is a personal blog promoting health and well-being through outdoor activity – hike, run & bike – in Northern England and over the Scottish border.
Since 2013 the site has been the online home of the Weardale Way and Teesdale Way, two long-distance walking trails which explore County Durham and a few of its neighbours. We provide regularly updated stats, maps and GPS route files for every section of both trails plus an overview of the history, heritage and geology you’ll encounter in a uniquely historic part of the UK we’re proud to call home.
All of the information you need to tackle the trails is FREE. To finance the site, we sell exclusive merchandise in our Shop including pocket-sized guide books designed to be carried on the trail with you plus tee-shirts and mugs to help you celebrate and remember your Weardale Way and Teesdale Way experiences.
Durham Cow History
I started The Durham Cow in 2012 simply because I wanted somewhere to share the special locations of my native County Durham as well as the active ways in which to visit them. That enthusiasm soon extended into the the neighbouring counties of Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Yorkshire, Cumbria and the Scottish Border all of which share a rich, interwoven history from the Celts to the Cold War.
Health & Well-Being
During the time The Durham Cow has been running I’ve passed the ‘big 6-0’ and find myself reflecting, more and more, about how profoundly fortunate I am to be able to do what I’ve always done – ‘hike, run and bike’ – to my favourite places, without significant restriction thus far.
I’d like to share some of those reflections when appropriate but remember, whatever seems to work for me may not be suitable for you – or anyone else for that matter. It’s merely a personal perspective. Make up your own mind – always.
If you want to get in touch about anything you find on this site, good or bad, the best way to do it is by emailing admin[AT]durhamcow.com (using the conventional @ symbol in place of [AT]) OR comment in any of the posts on our Blog OR via Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Strava.