Walking for Health

The benefits of walking may be well known but it has come to my attention that there are a number of initiatives ‘out there’ attempting to bring the public outdoors and walking. A recent article from Absolute 360 concluded that it is actually better to walk than run! Citing a study by the Department of … Read more…

Collier Law, Wind, Rain & Lanacane

A 10-mile roundtrip from home that turned into a bit of a wild walk. The ascent to Collier Law follows the former Stanhope and Tyne Railway and it’s no surprise that there used to be steam-powered winding houses along the line to haul the wagons uphill. It’s not unduly arduous but having climbed up the escarpment … Read more…

Waskerley Way

Following the line of the Stanhope and Tyne Railway this is a pleasant walk of 10 miles passing over the grouse moors above Stanhope taking in great views of Waskerley and Smiddy Shaw reservoirs before descending towards Consett where the path passes through Burnhill Nature Reserve. Should you so wish, there are plenty of scenic stops, each … Read more…

Stanhope – Park Head – Rookhope – Stanhope

12.5 miles through a former semi-industrial landscape now left to nature. The route initially climbs out of Stanhope following the former Stanhope and Tyne Railway line before heading west at Park Head station (now a tea room and a starting point for the Waskerley Way). Now following the line of the former Rookhope and Weatherill … Read more…