The Weardale Way
The Weardale Way is a long distance walking trail visiting many of County Durham and Sunderland’s most iconic locations including the World Heritage Site at Durham. From Killhope Lead Mining Centre in Weardale, deep in the North Pennines, the route traverses the venerable and historic County Palatine of Durham as it attempts to follow the 68-mile course of the River Wear to reach the ever-popular seaside resort of Roker in the Metropolitan Borough of Tyne & Wear. As well as Durham and Sunderland, it visits the historic market towns of Bishop Auckland, Stanhope, Wolsingham and Chester-le-Street. Like the Teesdale Way it works equally well in either direction – we’ve chosen to represent it west-to-east though many folks will prefer the increasing physical challenge and developing sense of remoteness that comes with walking in the opposite direction.
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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); River Length Wearhead to Wearmouth (River Wear) 110 km/68 miles; Killhope Head to Wearhead (Killhope Burn) 9 km/5.6 miles
Summit to Sea
We’ve divided the Weardale Way into 14 sections for an average of 5.6 miles per section, making each suitable as an out-and-back day-walk. Starts and finishes are suggested with reference to obvious meeting points, parking or proximity to towns and villages although it’s easier to achieve this for some sections than others – adapt them for yourself.
Trail Updates, Route Sheets & GPS Files
To support our Weardale Way Pocket Guide we publish regular Trail Updates on the website PLUS we’ve compiled a set of updated A4 route sheets complete with map, directions and GPS route files which are available in the shop as low-cost downloads. Please note that, in general, we have to rely on feedback from walkers and authorities for information regarding issues affecting the trail so cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information we supply.
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)