Sunderland Bridge and the Weardale Way walk guide

Sunderland Bridge and the Weardale Way
View from Sunderland Bridge to the northeast

Sunderland Bridge and the Weardale Way is a lovely walk around woodland, farmland, and the private grounds of Croxdale Hall.

I am always looking for good walks in Tyne & Wear and County Durham. The more built up nature of the regions means it is often difficult to get away from urban areas. So, it is nice to find somewhere so close to central Durham. Here it is though.

I am not going to claim that I made up this route myself. As with many walks the core route is in the public domain. I merely walked it and added the details you see here.

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Wainwright Pictorial Guides – Walker’s Edition

For me, the Wainwright Pictorial Guides are essential for any walker who loves the Lake District. They are packed full of information, routes, illustrations and anecdotes. Even if you don’t use them for walking, they are works of art in themselves.

Let’s look at the previous editions and then compare to the new ones.

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Hallington and Colt Crag Reservoirs

Hallington and Colt Crag Reservoirs

The last Friday in July was a beautiful day. So, I decided to take a walk around Hallington and Colt Crag Reservoirs. I was rewarded with a gorgeous and varied walk, in an area that I haven’t visited before.

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Craster and Howick walk guide

This Craster and Howick walk guide directs you on a lovely walk, starting in Craster and taking in some beautiful fields and woodland before finishing with a walk along the coast. It is only 6 miles long but still a very varied walk.

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OS Maps of Northern England – Durham

Following on from the first post in this series on OS Maps of Northern England, this is the Durham one. In this post I will look at what maps cover Durham and what the interesting features are on each.

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OS Maps of Northern England – North Yorkshire

Following on from the first post in this series on OS Maps of Northern England, this is the North Yorkshire one. In this post I will look at what maps cover North Yorkshire and what the interesting features are on each. I will also highlight which maps cover the North York Moors National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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OS Maps of Northern England – Tyne & Wear

OS Maps of Northern England - Tyne & Wear

This is the third in my series of articles on OS Maps of Northern England. This one is for the county of Tyne & Wear. In this post I will look at what maps cover Tyne & Wear and what the interesting features are on each.

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OS Maps of Northern England – Northumberland

Following on from the first post in this series on OS Maps of Northern England, this is the Northumberland one. In this post I will look at what maps cover Northumberland and what the interesting features are on each. I will also highlight which maps cover the Northumberland National Park.

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OS Maps of Northern England

What OS Maps cover Northern England
‘OS © Crown copyright [2020] CS-135629-W7P4Y8’ 

I’m producing a series of articles on paper OS maps that cover Northern England. As I’ve said before, North England for me consists of Northumberland, Cumbria, Tyne & Wear, Durham and North Yorkshire. So these are the areas that I will cover. The first in the series is the place where I do most of my walking, Northumberland. This will be followed by the other areas. But a bit more on why I’m doing this before going on to the articles themselves.

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Walking and staying home

Can’t stop thinking about being out walking but are following the rules and staying home?

Obviously, if you are self isolating or just staying home like you’ve been told, you can’t walk far. Just from the sofa to the kettle and back again and maybe varying it a little with a hill walk to the upstairs lavatory. Everyone has favourite walks that they repeat many times but this is taking it a bit too far.

We all need to keep ourselves busy until we can safely venture out again. I’ve learned a bit about keeping busy recently. I got a cough about a week before we all got told to stay home, so not being able to know whether its a cold, flu or a mild case of CoViD19, I had no choice but to stay in the house and wait for it to go away. So, to fill the time between “Homes under the Hammer” and “Pointless”, I decided to plan where to go after this is all over with.

I started looking for new places to go and planning walks around them. As well as this I did a bit of research about the walk to see if there is anything interesting close by and there usually is. This post is about what I used to do this without going out to recce the walk and maybe trying these online tools might entertain you for a while.

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