A guided walk is a lovely way to enjoy the improving weather as it begins to warm up. Here is the schedule for the rest of June 2019.
The guided walks that are scheduled in various locations across County Durham provide a nice way to explore our fantastic region, while an expert guide sorts out the route. On many of the themed walks they'll also point out geology, history and nature, while other walks focus on photography skills or art. The walks also vary in length and terrain, meaning there's something for every level of fitness.
Have a look below to see what walks you fancy in June 2019. You can also check out more local events in our what's on in Durham section.
Information for each guided walk
The walks are run by Durham County Council. The cost for each walk is £4 per person aged 16 or over and free for under 16s. Carers accompanying a disabled person can take part for free. Booking isn't required so just turn up; however, if the weather seems bad it might be worth contacting Durham County Council's Countryside Service on 03000 264 589 to check that the walk is going ahead.
Each of the walks below gives an indication of the general theme of the guided walk such as local history, photography or exercise, as well as how far it is, how long it's expected to take and what the terrain will be like. The postcode is for rough reference as in remote areas it probably won't give the exact spot.
All of them are circular unless otherwise stated.
Photography walk: Birds at Hardwick Park, Tuesday June 11
This photography and nature walk covers two miles, starting at 10am and lasting two hours. It's led by Philip Nixon and is suitable for most levels of fitness.
Meet at Hardwick Park Visitor Centre, Sedgefield, postcode TS21 2DN. The grid reference is NZ 346287 and the relevant OS maps are Lr93 and Ex305. See the walk leader for a free parking pass.
Industrious Durham: The City’s Past Industries, Tuesday June 11
This is an evening walk, starting in the centre of Durham and covering three miles in two and a half hours. It begins at 6.30pm. The walk is suitable for most levels of fitness.
Meet at the Londonderry Statue in Durham Marketplace (the man on the horse).
Heading to Hedleyhope – Cornsay and Satley, Wednesday June 12
This 12 mile walk lasts for six and a half hours, and begins at 10am. Led by Jo Davies, it focuses on fitness and nice views. You'll need to take a packed lunch and strong boots.
Meet at Cornsay Village Green, postcode DH7 9EJ. The grid reference is NZ 145435 and the relevant OS map is Ex307.
Explore Seascapes – Horden to Easington, Saturday June 15
This free Seascapes walk starts at 10am and lasts for two hours. Led by Deborah Hannaby, it covers five miles with a focus on heritage and nature, and is suitable for reasonable levels of fitness. Wear boots.
Meet at Horden Heritage Centre (the cafe entrance in Horden Welfare Park), on Park Road, Horden, postcode SR8 4PY, grid reference NZ 438416. The OS map is Ex308.
A Summer Stroll to Low Newton, Sunday June 16
This heritage walk begins at 1.30pm, and lasts for three hours. It covers five miles, and is led by David Butler. Meet at the Londonderry Statue in Durham Marketplace (the man on the horse). It's suitable for most levels of fitness.
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There’s No Place like Holmside, Friday June 21
You'll need a packed lunch for this new walk. With a focus on heritage, views and fitness, it's suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness. Wear boots.
This County Durham guided walk begins at 10.30am, lasting five and a half hours and covering eight miles. It's led by Jo Davies.
Meet at the picnic site on Edge Lane, southwest of Burnhope, on the Burnhope to Maiden Law road, postcode DH7 0DL. The grid reference is NZ 182478 and the OS map is Ex308.
Kelloe and Raisby, Saturday June 22
This walk led by Brian Lander is all about fitness, heritage and nature, and you'll need to take a packed lunch. Covering 11 miles in six hours, it's suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness, but wear boots.
Meet at 10am at Littlewood LNR car park, opposite Cassop Primary School on the B6291, postcode DH6 4RA. The grid reference is NZ 340377 and the OS map is EX305.
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Botanical Treasures of the Magnesian Limestone between Easington and Hawthorn Dene, Sunday June 23
This heritage and geology walk is led by John Burgess. It starts at 11am, and covers six miles in five and a half hours. It's suitable if you have a reasonable level of fitness, but take boots and a packed lunch.
Meet at Easington Colliery car park, Easington Colliery postcode SR8 3RU. The grid reference is NZ 439440 and the relevant OS maps are Lr88 and Ex308.
Photography Walk: Details in Durham, Tuesday June 25
This walk is suitable for most levels of fitness, covering two miles in two hours. It begins at 10am and is led by Philip Nixon. Remember to take your camera!
Meet at the main entrance of Durham Cathedral.
(Black) Diamonds are Forever: Durham City and the coal industry, Tuesday June 25
An evening heritage walk, this route covers three miles in two and a half hours. It starts at 6.30pm and is led by David Butler. It's suitable for most levels of fitness. Meet at the Londonderry Statue in Durham Marketplace (the man on the horse).
A wander to Sherburn House and Belmont, Friday June 28
This new walk begins at 10am and covers eight and a half miles in four and a half hours. It's led by Brian Lander and focuses on fitness, heritage and nature. It's suitable for reasonable levels of fitness, but take a packed lunch and wear boots.
Meet at the layby off the A177 at High Shincliffe, postcode DH1 2PF. The grid reference is NZ 294401 and the OS map is Ex308.
Harehope Quarry to Pikestone North Edge: In search of the Slitt Vein, Sunday June 30
This geology, nature and history walk starts at 11am and takes five and a half hours, covering six miles. It's led by John Burgess and is suitable for people with a good level of fitness. Wear boots.
Meet at Harehope Quarry car park, postcode DL13 2SG. The grid reference is NZ 037364 and the OS maps are Lr92 and ExOL31.