With its peaceful and unspoilt landscapes, Weardale is ideal for walkers and cyclists


Weardale is ideal for walking and cycling. You'll find information leaflets and route maps in the barn, together with an ordinance survey map, but here's a taster:

In Search of Frosterley Marble
Frosterley is famous for its distinctive black fossil encrusted limestone, known as Frosterley Marble, which is still quarried here. It was used for some of the columns in Durham cathedral, as well as for the font in St Michael's church in the heart of the village. There are three walks from Frosterley railway station of between 1 hour 15 minutes and 2 hours 30 minutes on which you can view examples of our famous limestone (leaflet available in barn).

Frosterley Marble near Cromer House Camping Barn in Weardale 











When we did the second of these walks we spotted 15 different species of birds: swift, swallow, crow, wagtail, black-headed gull, bluetit, blackbird, magpie, thrush, pheasant, duck, heron, lapwing, oystercatcher, chicken. Can you beat our record?

In 2016, one of our visitors who stayed for a week in the barn spotted over 30 different bird species on his various walks around Frosterley: greenfinch, collared dove, house sparrow, swift, jackdaw, wood pigeon, starling, chaffinch, blue tit, nuthatch, tawny owl, swallow, treecreeper, gold crest, robin, pheasant, chiffchaff, raven, buzzard, curlew, blackbird, meadow pipit, kestrel, wheatear, red grouse, wren, carrion crow, coal tit, great tit, pied wagtail, goosander and dipper.

Hay Meadow Walk in Weardale
A five kilometre (2 hour) walk following public rights of way, quiet country lanes and farm tracks near Ireshopeburn. It crosses some beautiful meadows, with superb views of the surrounding moorland and villages. The best time to go is between April and August.

Village Walks and Weardale Cycle Routes
There are many walks around Weardale's peaceful and picturesque villages, including nearby Stanhope and Wolsingham, as well as St. John's Chapel and Cowshill. And a whole range of cycle routes take in our local villages as well as Bishop Auckland, Edmundbyers and Killhope. You'll find a copy of the Durham Dales Walking & Cycling Routes in Wear Valley booklet in our barn for you to borrow during your visit.

Bollihope Burn, near FrosterleyWild orchid, near Cromer House Camping Barn in Frosterley, Weardale

The Bollihope Burn (left) and wild orchids (right) can both be seen on walks around Frosterley

The Weardale Way
This long distance walk of 77 miles (124 kms) runs for the most part along the River Wear, from its mouth at Sunderland to its source at Killhope. The Wolsingham to Rookhope section, which passes right through Frosterley, treats you to some of the most spectacular scenery Weardale has to offer. 

 Steam train on the Weardale Railway near Cromer House Camping Barn in Frosterley

A view from the Weardale Way as it takes you through Frosterley 

Hamsterley Forest
This nearby 2000 hectare woodland has several waymarked walks, cycle routes and horse trails. All levels and abilities are catered for.

Cromer House Camping Barn, an accredited Bunkhouse in Weardale, is a perfect self-catering base for visiting nearby Hamsterley Forest with its many walks and cycling routes

If you're into mountain biking, check out Hamsterley Trailblazers. Based in the visitors' centre, they have constructed four cycle routes in the forest of varying levels so there is something for everyone, from beginners to experienced enthusiasts. If you can't bring your  own bikes, Wood N Wheels cycle hire offer a range of models for adults and children.  

Cromer House Barn provides under-cover lock up cycle storage, facilities for washing down muddy boots and equipment, washing and drying facilities, and cycle repair kits. 

More information can be obtained via Tourist Information at the Durham Dales Centre or from the This is Durham website.