Herrington Country Park


Date: 19th January 2019
Start time: 10 am
Distance: 11 miles
Difficulty: Difficult (distance)

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Herrington Country Park

This 11 mile walk will start in Herrington Country Park, the former site of Herrington Colliery.  We will walk around the Country Park before heading up to Penshaw Monument.  Then through Penshaw Woods and finally along part of the Weardale Way which runs alongside the River Wear.

Part of the walk takes us along the old railway line which is a great opportunity to really push on as it is totally flat.

The Penshaw Tea Room will be our final destination for the customary tea and cakes.

Interesting information

Herrington Country Park

In the 19th Century, the Durham Coalfield began to come to fruition, and various collieries were built up in the region, incorporating one in New Herrington.

Herrington Country Park took shape in 2000, after over 100 years of mining.  It includes woodlands and a boating pond as well as extensive parkland.  There are also walking and cycling trails, an amphitheatre, play area and models.  It is a beautiful and very varied area, with something for everyone.

Two interesting articles about the Country Park are:

Heap made from blood and bones is now a `green lung’

Penshaw Monument and Woods

Penshaw Monument is a striking landmark of the North East and a symbol of home to those who live in the area. In 1844 it was built in memory of John George Lambton.

Penshaw Tea Rooms

Penshaw Tea Rooms is a lovely tea room attached to Penshaw Nursery.  It also hosts a butchers and a recently opened bakery.

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This shows the start location for this walk.
Nearest postcode: DH4 7EL
OS Grid Reference:  NZ 33398 53877
Parking: We will park in the car park at the Cafe on the Park. This is situated just off the A183 and is accessed from the same roundabout used for Penshaw Monument.