We’re lucky enough to have holiday parks within a stone’s throw of some of the most beautiful spots in northern England.
Heather View and Kingfisher Leisure Parks are set in the heart of the Durham Dales. With such peaceful surroundings, it’s no wonder so many of our owners and holiday guests love to take to the local area for some fantastic walks. We thought we’d highlight a number of our favourite routes for anyone unfamiliar with the area, or anyone looking for somewhere new to explore!
The Weardale Way
The most popular route to walk from our holiday parks is The Weardale Way. This is an impressive 74 mile route from Cowshill to Sunderland, split into shorter sections for ease. The Stanhope to White Kirkley route begins very close to Heather View and can be accessed directly from the park. Following this route takes you on a path which runs close to Kingfisher Leisure Park and you get to take in beautiful sights of the dales, the River Wear and the Weardale Steam Railway line. At 4.5 miles, the Stanhope to White Kirkley route is one of the longer sections of the Weardale Walk. In the opposite direction, the Eastgate to Stanhope route is just 2.5 miles and can also be accessed from Heather View.
The Auckland Way
A 4.3 mile path following the lines of the old Railway Path. This route starts in Bishop Auckland and takes you on a journey to Spennymoor. With the area’s history so rooted in the development of railway, it’s a fascinating journey to take in order to understand more of the heritage. One of the popular features of the walk is the Bishops Bridge. This is a tree lined railway bridge commissioned by Bishop Lightfoot which is twice the usual width of a bridge. The trees acted as a shield from the railway line which the Bishop was said to detest. With easy terrain, this route is ideal for families and is suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and cyclists.
Following the path of the River Tees, the Teesdale Way is a 77 mile route from the high moorlands in Cumbria to the industrial landscape of Teesside. The most impactful part of the Way is definitely the route at Forest in Teesdale. Here you can take in the natural beauty of High Force and Low Force waterfalls. High Force is a 21 metre waterfall which is said to contain one of the highest volumes of water of any waterfall in the UK. What more could you want from your northern England walking holiday than to see this natural wonder?
This 2 mile walk takes you on a trip through history. Starting from the local Durham Sales Centre you can follow the route that the townspeople who worked at Ashes Quarry would have taken to work. Walking alongside the quarry you can take in breath taking Stanhope. Plus the quarry itself, which nature is slowly reclaiming 60 years after work stopped. Again, this is easily accessible from Heather View during your adventure holiday, or from Kingfisher during a stay in your very own holiday home.