This route combines country tracks across fields, through wooded areas and along sometimes muddy riversides. It leads walkers past Lumley castle on the way from Chester-le-Street to Great Lumley, then returns via the woods on the other side of the castle. The way is mostly flat with only one large climb which is gradual and a short sharp climb later on.
Circular | 11.5km (7.18 miles) | Difficulty: Easy
This route combines country tracks and climbs with paths through leafy suburbs. General’s Wood, the Victoria Viaduct and Penshaw monument itself are some of the points of interest covered on the way. The monument can be seen on its hill from nearly every point on the route then offers amazing views over Washington, Sunderland and Houghton-le-spring when reached. The route can be cut down by several miles by returning to the start early when the route passes by.
Circular | 12.3km (7.64 miles) | Difficulty: Easy to Medium
This route follows a number of well kept paths to guide walkers from the Roman Fort at Housesteads along Hadrian’s Wall to the iconic Sycamore Gap. The paths followed are well signposted and maintained making this walk very easy, though there are some steep sections that add some challenge.
Circular | 8.14km (5.1 miles) | Difficulty: Easy
This route combines river-side paths, moorland tracks and roads to cover a section of upper Weardale between Westgate, Northgate and Eastgate. The route features one significant incline and is mostly flat otherwise. However, the often overgrown and muddy sections along some of the riverside paths make the route very difficult in places.
Circular | 15km (9.36 miles) | Difficulty: Medium
This route mainly follows well maintained woodland and riverside paths with some sections on farm tracks. There are some parts of this route which could become very muddy at certain times of year but diversions of equal distance can be taken to avoid some of these sections.
Circular | 15.2km (9.4 miles) | Difficulty: Easy
Circular | 18.4km (11.5 miles) | Difficulty: Medium
This is a long but fairly leisurely walk along roads and through fields with few inclines. It has been rated as having a medium difficulty due to its length and its many potential problems regarding the accessibility of the route’s footpaths.
This route offers spectacular views of some of the Lake District’s most iconic landmarks without requiring walkers to follow any overly difficult terrain. Though tricky in places the route offers some amazing views and more than rewards the obstacles to be overcome.
Circular | 8.9km (5.5 miles) | Difficulty: Medium