The Weardale Way
The Weardale Way is a long distance walking trail in the North of England. It visits many of County Durham’s and Tyne & Wear’s best known locations including the World Heritage Site at Durham – famously founded by the monks of St. Cuthbert in the c10th. Starting from the award-winning Killhope Lead Mining Museum in Weardale – high in the North Pennines – the route traverses the medieval County Palatine of Durham (that once included Sunderland) as it attempts to follow the 68-mile course of the River Wear to the ever-popular North Sea resort of Roker.
Passing through, or close to, venerable market towns like Bishop Auckland, Stanhope, Wolsingham and Chester-le-Street the trail can be walked equally well in either direction though we’ve chosen to present it west-to-east so that, in most cases, the wind will be on your back. There’s no doubt however, that many will prefer the increasing physical challenge and remoteness that comes with tackling it in the opposite direction.
You should be aware that neither the Weardale Way, nor the Teesdale Way, is a National Trail and lack the degree of infrastructure associated with trails such as the Pennine Way or Cleveland Way. This means that access and waymarking may not always be what you’d expect. If you’re motivated to try and change the situation you probably already know what to do (feel free to let us know where you had issues but remember that we’re not the authority). In general however, other than in late spring and summer, when vegetation is most abundant, the trails are easy enough to follow if you take along a sense of adventure, a good map and maybe a copy of our WEARDALE WAY POCKET GUIDE
Change is a constant feature of long-distance trails. Although we try to publish updates where appropriate it’s not always possible as we rely on feedback from walkers. We also offer – where we’re able – alternative routings to help walkers avoid unnecessary diversions and closures.
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Stats at a Glance
Distance 127 km/79 miles | Height Gain 1665 m/5461 ft | Maximum Elevation 558 m/1831 ft (Killhope, North Pennines) | Number of Sections 14 | Average Distance per Section 9 km/5.6 miles | River Length Wearhead to Wearmouth (River Wear) 110 km/68 miles; Killhope Head to Wearhead (Killhope Burn) 9 km/5.6 miles | GPS File
Click the PLAY arrow on the map to view the route on Plotaroute [How to Use Plotaroute]. You can download the FREE GPS file for the complete route by clicking on the link in the Stats above or – for an individual section – via the links in the same section of the appropriate page listed below.
The Weardale Way – Section by Section
Section 1 Killhope to Cowshill (6.7 km/4.2 miles)
Section 2 Cowshill to Westgate (7.3 km/4.5 miles)
Section 3 Westgate to Rookhope (7.5 km/4.7 miles)
Section 4 Rookhope to Stanhope (10 km/6.2 miles)
Section 5 Stanhope to White Kirkley (7.4 km/4.6 miles)
Section 6 White Kirkley to Wolsingham (9.2 km/5.7 miles)
Section 7 Wolsingham to Witton-le-Wear (11.3 km/7 miles)
Section 8 Witton-le-Wear to Bishop Auckland (8.4 km/5.2 miles)
Section 9 Bishop Auckland to Page Bank (9.5 km/5.9 miles)
Section 10 Page Bank to Durham (12 km/7.4 miles)
Section 11 Durham to Chester-le-Street (13 km/8 miles)
Section 12 Chester-le-Street to Mount Pleasant (9.1 km/5.6 miles)
Section 13 Mount Pleasant to Deptford (9.9 km/6.1 miles)
Section 14 Deptford to Roker (5.6 km/3.6 miles)