Penshaw Monument and River Wear – Oct 2023


Date: Saturday 7 October 2023
Start time: 10.00 am
Distance: 8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

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Penshaw Monument and River Wear

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Penshaw Monument is a place where not many of our walkers have visited and many were interested in a walk here.

The Monument, also known as the Earl of Durham’s Monument, was built in 1844 in memory of the 1st Earl of Durham.  It is looked after by the National Trust and is occasionally open to the public to climb the stairs in one of the towers.


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Distance: General - DistanceKey1-98x27 Medium distance
Grade: General - GradeKey1-98x27 Moderate
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We will start climbing the steps to the iconic Penshaw Monument.  There are a few areas to stop and admire the view on the way up.

At the top of the hill we can explore the Monument and we will hopefully get a 360° view of the surrounding area.

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Following visiting Penshaw Monument we will take a path over the back of the hill and through Penshaw Wood.

River Wear and bridges

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There is a short section of road walking towards the River Wear.  The river is one of the longest in the area at 60 miles long.

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There are often otters and kingfishers on the river and hopefully we will spot one.

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We cross the river a couple of times, once at Cox Green and again at Fatfield. The bridge at Fatfield is the oldest road bridge crossing the Wear in the area.

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We pass underneath the impressive Victoria Viaduct on both sides of the river.  The railway bridge hasn’t been in use since 1991.

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Back to Penshaw

We will following the old railway back to the hill to the back of Penshaw Monument.

This walk has a sting in the tail.  We have to head back up the hill to Penshaw Monument before following a path through the woods back to the cars.

The End

At the end of the walk we will head to Penshaw Tearooms.  They also have a bakery, greengrocers and butchers.

It is a great walk and we hope to see you there.

Julie & Martin  x

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This shows the start location for this walk.

Nearest postcode:  DH4 7NJ
OS Grid Reference:  NZ 33473 54134
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Toilets:  At Penshaw Tearooms
Parking:  On the roadside at the bottom of Penshaw Monument. (Please do not park in the tearoom car park).