Explorer Map 305, - Bishop Auckland
A straightforward walk, with few navigational difficulties
and the easiest of gradients.
The highlight of the walk is a visit to Brancepeth, with its unique
houses, castle, and the church of St. Brandon.
The return leg of the walk follows the Weardale Way beside the River
This can be quite muddy in parts, and in wet weather when the river
is running high it may not be advisable to walk in this area. There
were obvious signs of previous flood damage beside the river.
For a Memory Map overlay of the walk described, please select the above
(Overlay made with Version 5 of Memory Map)
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you can import and export Memory Map overlays. Thus YOU DON'T NEED Memory
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- just use QUO!!
Park by Sunderland Bridge (NZ26459 37814).
Take the Weardale Way footpath (a broad track) that passes under the railway
Where the Weardale Way leaves this track, do not take the left turn but
continue to follow the track past Holywell Farm.
When the farm track meets the minor road, turn right to continue along
the road until it meets the A690 main road.
Here turn left and walk along the pavement until you come to Brancepeth
Turn left in Brancepeth village to visit the Church of St. Brandon. Although
you pass the castle, there is no entry into the castle.
Return to Brancepeth village, and cross the A690. Continue to the parking
area where Brancepeth Station used to be situated. This is the start of
the section of the railway walkway that continues to Bishop Auckland.
Follow the railway Walkway to where the footpath crosses near Park House.
Here turn left and follow the path to the A690. After crossing the road,
take the track that leads to a Learning Centre and continue past the buildings.
Where this track ends, enter the field gate and head South South Eastwards
with the fence on your right.
At the bottom of the field there is a metal stile. After crossing the
stile, head to the next metal stile at the bottom of the field (keeping
the hedge on your left).
Cross the stile and turn left along the farm track.
You are now on the Weardale Way footpath. Follow this all the way back
to Sunderland Bridge.