Walk the Pennine way and explore Durham’s countryside

Durham Dales

Celebrate 50 years of the Pennine Way with the North Pennines Walking Festival, and explore some of Durham’s most scenic routes on a rural escape this autumn.

The epic Pennine Way is a 268-mile national trail that runs along the rugged backbone of England, with much of the route lying in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This year’s walking festival celebrates the anniversary with more than 20 walks taking in this part of the journey, as well as some of Durham’s most scenic routes, including the Teesdale Way and the Weardale Way. Enjoy peace and tranquillity as you meander through the falling leaves and discover a landscape of heather-clad moorlands, dramatic dales, upland meadows, streams and waterfalls, all interspersed with picturesque stone-built villages and small towns, including the must-visit historic market town of Barnard Castle. Refuel at Bowlees Visitor Centre, a former Methodist chapel built in 1845, and don’t miss High Force waterfall – the perfect photo opportunity!

*This festival will not be running in 2016*

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