The local landscape around Barnard Castle has inspired artists and writers such as Charles Dickens and Sir Walter Scott and the painters John Sell Cotman and J M W Turner and continues to inspire today. The magnificent long-distance Teesdale Way runs through the heart of the area. There are also many different routes to walk locally, some of which are described in a series of illustrated walks leaflets, with clear directions and outline maps. These include Barnard Castle to Cotherstone, Barnard Castle to Egglestone Abbey and two circular walks through Flatts Wood. Others are in development, including the “yards” or alleyways of Barnard Castle itself. Many of our footpaths have been significantly improved recently, with new signposts and gates replacing stiles, so walking them couldn’t be easier.

There is a free app with more information about the area and walks already downloaded on to it. To download go to here for iPhone and here for Android phones.

Two walking booklets are also available to buy from The Witham visitor centre, along with some self-guided leaflets for walks accessible from Barnard Castle itself at 75p each. Please have a look ……. and get walking!

Walk 1 – Barnard Castle & Abbey Bridge circular (3.5 miles)
Walk 2 – Abbey Bridge & Whorlton circular (5miles)
Walk 3 – Barnard Castle & Lartington circular (5 miles)
Walk 4 – Barnard Castle to Cotherstone (4 miles)
Walk 5 – Cotherstone to Barnard Castle (4 miles)
Walk 13 – Barnard Castle and Stainton circular (5.5 miles)
Walk 14 – The Nabb Bridge Walk Barnard Castle West circular (10.5 miles)

Plus – Flatts Wood & Percy Beck (Route 1 – 0.7 miles; Route 2 – 1 mile)

The website Walking Britain has a wide range of walks, including those focused on County Durham. Go to this page to see walks around Teesdale.