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Tees Valley walking routes and maps

Tees Valley walking routes and maps

We have put together details of self-guided routes around the Tees Valley as well as details of where to get hold of rural and urban folded walking and cycling maps for each of the 5 local authority areas:

  • Darlington
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Redcar & Cleveland
  • Stockton-on-Tees

Darlington walking maps

Darlington has over 300 km of public rights of way, ten local nature reserves, seven formal parks, three community woodlands and numerous other open spaces. Below are some of the most popular walking routes in Darlington.

  1. Walking route 1: Whinfield Loop [pdf]
  2. Walking route 2: Rockwell Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
  3. Walking route 3: Red Hall/Great Burdon Loop [pdf]
  4. Walking route 4: Red Hall Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
  5. Walking route 5: The Whinnies & Middleton St George [pdf]
  6. Walking route 6: Maidendale Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
  7. Walking route 7: Geneva Wood & Brankin Moor Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
  8. Walking route 8: South Park [pdf]
  9. Walking route 9: Broken Scar & River Tees [pdf]
  10. Walking route 10: Cocker Beck Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
  11. Walking route 11: West Park Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
  12. Walking route 12: Brinkburn Local Nature Reserve [pdf]
  13. Walking route 13: Drinkfield Marsh Local Nature Reserve [pdf]

A5 hard copies of these can be found in the Dolphin Centre and Crown Street Library in Darlington.

For more walking ideas, you can view a list of parks in the area here:  Darlington's Parks and Green Spaces [external link].

Hartlepool walking maps

For walks and walking activities in Hartlepool, please visit Walk in Hartlepool [external link]

Here you will find links to a number of walking route maps [external link] for scenic routes in and around Hartlepool from a 2.5 Park to Park route to 6.5 mile figure of eight from Coal Lane-Stotfold Moor-Embleton.

Large folded walking and cycling maps for Hartlepool including the north and south cycling routes are available from Tony Davison, Sustainable Travel Officer at Hartlepool Borough Council (01429) 523 259.

Middlesbrough walking maps

Parks in Middlesbrough are a good place to start walking. You can also download some great walking maps and circular routes around Middlesbrough from the Love Middlesbrough site [external link].

Should you wish to walk further afield and get away from roads, finding your own way the Council has information on Public Rights of Way on their website [external link].

Redcar & Cleveland walking maps

For walks and walking activities in Redcar, please visit this is Redcar & Cleveland [external link]. Route leaflets include:

  1. Ironstone Heritage Trail
  2. Errington Woods
  3. Eston Moor
  4. Flatts Lane Lazenby Bank
  5. Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park
  6. Guisborough Forest and Walkway
  7. Saltburn Valley
  8. Changing Habitats
  9. The Ancient Woods of Loftus
  10. The Miners Way
  11. The Geology of Eston Hills

Stockton-on-Tees walking maps

For walks and walking activities in Stockton-on-Tees, please visit The Hub in Stockton [external link]. Here you will find a selection of self-guided maps for walking routes in the area, great for weekend walking.

Wheelchair accessible walks in the Tees Valley

For more information about wheelchair accessible walks in the Tees Valley, please visit Accessibly Countryside Tees Valley  [external link]

Tees Valley walking groups and organisations

There are lots of groups and organisations across the Tees Valley that meet regularly for walking sessions and events, ranging from Nordic walking, family fun walks, history walks and much more. Whether it's for fitness, fun, or both, there's something for everyone.



Areas covered



Groundwork North East Darlington and South Durham Family walks and events, community activities

Groundwork in Darlington

Groundwork North East

Groundwork North East on Facebook

River Tees Rediscovered All along the River Tees Community programmes, walks, arts and craft activities

River Tees Rediscovered

River Tees Rediscovered on Facebook

The Hub Stockton Stockton Guided walks, self-guided walks, Nordic walking

The Hub Stockton Active Travel

The Hub on Facebook

Hartlepool Borough Council Hartlepool Self-guided walks

Walking in Hartlepool 

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council Throughout Redcar & Cleveland Walking routes for self-guided walks  

Walking information in Redcar

Walking routes around Redcar & Cleveland

Darlington Health Walks  Darlington area Guided walks as part of the national Walking for Health programme

Darlington Health Walks



Hartlepool Health Walks


Throughout Hartlepool area

Guided walks as part of the national Walking for Health programme

Hartlepool Health Walks

Middlesbrough Health Walks

All around Middlesbrough


Guided walks as part of the national Walking for Health programme

Middlesbrough Health Walks

Middlesbrough Environment City

Redcar & Cleveland Health Walks

Throughout Redcar & Cleveland

Guided walks as part of the national Walking for Health programme

Redcar & Cleveland Health Walks

National and North East walking routes

South Durham walks

County Durham has some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. Here are  some of our walking routes; please contact us for printed copies.

Bishop Auckland walks

  1. Bellburn Wood (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]
  2. Brack's Farm Circular (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]
  3. Etherley Park (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]
  4. Stan Laurel Circular (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]
  5. Town and River Wear Circular (Bishop Auckland) [pdf]

Shildon walks

  1. Shildon Town Heritage [pdf]
  2. A Walk in the Park (Shildon) [pdf]
  3. Shildon and Eldon circular [pdf]

Newton Aycliffe walks

  1. Simpasture Nature Walk (Newton Aycliffe) [pdf]
  2. West Park Boating Lakes (Newton Aycliffe) [pdf]
  3. Woodham Burn Circular (Newton Aycliffe) [pdf]
  4. Newton Aycliffe to Shildon Rail Station [pdf]
  5. Moor Nature Reserve Circular (Newton Aycliffe [pdf]


Find out more about walking in County Durham on these sites

Walking in Durham [external link]

Durham County Council countryside events and guided walks [external link]

National trails and walks

  • There are 15 National Trails [external link]. Walkers can enjoy them all, cyclists and horse riders can enjoy the Pennine Bridleway and the South Downs Way, as well as sections of the other Trails. In total, England and Wales have around 2,500 miles (4,000 Km) of National Trail.

  • The England Coast Path [external link] will be the newest (and longest) National Trail when it is complete in 2020. 

  • Download 'The Best Trails in England and Wales' [external pdf] leaflet to find out more about the National Trails. 

National walking organisations

Walking organisations promoting walking and walkers:

  • In England the agency responsible for promoting access to the countryside is Natural England [external link].

  • Ramblers Charity [external link] offers hundreds of group led walks across the UK every week
  • Nordic Walking [external link] specific type of walking, site offers classes and groups across the UK 
  • Walking for Health [external link] promoting walking in England to improve health.  Run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer support and offers around 3,000 walks a week by specially trained volunteers.

  • Walk 4 Life [external link] Walk4Life is all about helping people move and walking is a great way to start.  Almost everyone can do it, anywhere, at any time, and it’s free!

  • Walk Unlimited [external link] formerly Walk England, a social enterprise that aims to get everyone in England walking.

Accommodation for walkers includes:

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