Explorer Map 305, - Bishop Auckland
A year-round walk, starting from a well used and much
loved Country Park. There are no gradients to speak of, and the route
is essentially easy to navigate.
This is a gentle walk for any time of the year.
However, in wet weather some sections of the route can be VERY muddy.
For a Memory Map overlay of the walk described, please select the above
(Overlay made with Version 5 of Memory Map)
Some new mapping software is now available which you may
want to try, - QUO mapping. You can download the software for free from
the link below, complete with demonstration maps. Having installed QUO,
you can import and export Memory Map overlays. Thus YOU DON'T NEED Memory
Map to use any of the overlays provided on the Grey Panthers web site,
- just use QUO!!
Park in the Visitor Centre car park for Hardwick Park (NZ344
287), - fee to pay.
Head East beside the boundary of the Country Park. This is a broad track
and easy to follow.~ Where the track turns sharp right (if you continue
ahead, instead, you will reach Brakes Farm) continue until you reach a
Bridleway sign on your left that directs you towards Bishop MIddleham.
Follow the bridleway until you reach an old railway trackbed at NZ332
Here turn right and follow the track to the point where there is a bridge
over the River Skerne on your left.
Here turn right and follow the waymarked track. Where it first crosses
a golf course, continue until you come to a wooded copse on your left.
Enter the copse on the footpath and follow the path all the way to the
A171 main road.
Cross the road (CARE!!) and follow the path half right towards Sedgefield
Head into Sedgefield using the footpath that passes through the courtyard
of the Hardwick Arms Hotel.
From Sedgefield retrace your steps, but where the two footpaths meet at
the first field boundary you come to then take the left-hand path that
returns you to Hardwick Park.
In Hardwick Park, take a footpath that follows the edge of the lake and
explore the grounds as per one of the posted maps for the park.