Along the River Wear – Mar 2020


Date: 15th March 2020
Start time: 10 am
Distance: 10 miles
Difficulty: Difficult (distance)

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Along the River Wear

This is a 10 mile figure-of-eight walk, along the River Wear Trail.  This trail has paths on both sides of the river and we will use both sides.  This is a favourite walk for one of our walkers, Anne.  She lives close by.


Hills: General - AscentKey1-98x27 Some small hills and stairs.
Distance: General - DistanceKey2-98x27 Long distance
Grade: General - GradeKey2-98x27 Difficult due to distance
Map: General - 308-DurhamSunderland-Map-thumb-1
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The start

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We start in Fatfield.  There is a convenient car park at Mount Pleasant Lake.  This lake is popular with local anglers.  It’s also a good place to relax and do a bit of bird watching.

From here, we will follow the Southern side of the Wear down river.  The route follows a well walked path, with lovely views of the river.

Victoria Viaduct over the River Wear

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We pass under the Victoria Viaduct for the first time.

The viaduct was built as part of the Durham Junction Railway, and was completed in 1838.  Queen Victoria was crowned in this year, hence the name.  At the time it was one of the largest bridges in Europe.  Trains stopped running on this line in 1991.

Cox Green

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A little further on we reach Cox Green.  This is a very small village and the only crossing point between Fatfield and South Hylton.  This is the place that our figure-of-eight route crosses.

Washington Wetlands Centre

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We follow the path from Cox Green along the North bank of the river, towards the Washington Wetlands Centre.  We won’t be visiting the Centre but we can enjoy watching some of the birds attracted here.

South Hylton

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The last part of the first half takes us to North Hylton, where we cross over the A19 bridge to get to South Hylton.  Here we make our way back down to the river, for our return journey.  We head back to Cox Green, where we cross the river again.

James Steel Park

This park is a combination of woods, open spaces, farmland and river bank.  We follow a pretty little section by the river and under the Victoria Viaduct again but this time on the North side.

Back to Fatfield

We soon return to Fatfield, where we can cross the river back to Mount Pleasant Lake.

Looking forward to seeing you on this walk.

Julie and Martin x

Gallery – Along the River Wear

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This shows the start location for this walk.
Nearest postcode: DH4 7PU
OS Grid Reference:  NZ 31462 54013
Parking: We will park in the car park by Mount Pleasant Lake. It is accessible from the A182 Washington Highway. Take the exit signposted Mount Pleasant and then follow signs for Penshaw. Turn left at a sign for James Steel Park and follow this road to the car park.