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. Many of our footpaths have been significantly improved recently, with new signposts and gates replacing stiles, so walking them couldn’t be easier.

There are many different routes to walk locally, some of which you can download below. It is recommended that you take an OS map with you.

Walks Leaflet No.1 BC to Abbey Bridge

Walks Leaflet No.2 Abbey Bridge & Whorlton Circular

Walks Leaflet No.3 BC to Lartington

Walks Leaflet No.4 BC to Cotherstone

Walks Leaflet No.5 Cotherstone to BC

Walks Leaflet No.6 Cotherstone East Circular

Walks Leaflet No.7 Cotherstone West Circular

Walks Leaflet No.8 H Force Circular

Walks Leaflet No.9 H Force & Upper Teesdale Circular

Walks Leaflet No.10 Staindrop Circular

Walks Leaflet No.11 Bowes East Circular

Walks Leaflet No.12 Bowes West Circular

Walks Leaflet No.13 Barnard Castle & Stainton Circular

Walks Leaflet No.14 Barnard Castle West Circular

Flatts Wood & Percy Beck

These walking leaflets are also available to buy from The Witham arts centre, on the Market Place in Barnard Castle, for 75p each. Please have a look ……. and get walking!

There is also 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.

For those with less mobility or buggies there is a great resource through the Fieldfare Trust’s phototrails website. The routes are photographed so you can make up your own mind about their suitability.