Step back in time and enjoy a historic bike ride in Durham


Enjoy fascinating views, spot rare wildlife and discover Durham’s fascinating railway heritage as you cycle the Waskerley Way railway path.

The Waskerley Way is a beautiful cycling route which passes through the breath-taking Durham landscape, from urban fringe to exposed heather moorland and upland sheep farms. Take the opportunity to spot rare wildlife, including red and black grouse, merlin, adder and dingy skipper butterflies. 

The route also reveals stunning reservoir views and will take you past picturesque picnic areas including Park Head Picnic area, where you will find a tearoom filled with railway memorabilia – a popular resting place for cyclists.

At Waskerley Station Picnic Area you can learn the history of the town where a thriving railway community once lived. Your final stop will be Rowley Station Picnic Area; the original station was dismantled and rebuilt brick by brick at Beamish – The Living Museum of the North.

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