Kingfisher is conveniently located in the heart of the Durham Dales, offering fabulous places to explore during your visits to the park. The Weardale Way, a long distance Dales to coast route, runs adjacent to the park and can be accessed directly. The famous High Force waterfall is just a short drive away, as is Hamsterley Forest with miles of walking and cycling routes. There will never be a dull day at Kingfisher for those who love to explore the great outdoors.
Discover a force of nature
The High Force and Low Force circular walk takes you on a journey around the River Tees and through Upper Teesdale. Within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you can experience breathtaking scenery and stunning countryside when you embark on this 5 mile walk. The route takes you from Bowlees, past Low Force, a 18 metre series of waterfalls, up the River Tees and to High Force. With a drop of 21 metres, High force is a sight to behold and certainly not one to be missed. You then return downstream and have the option the view the waterfall from below. For a short extension, why not also visit Gibson’s Cave and Summer Hill Force waterfalls.
Explore Hamsterley Forest on foot
Hamsterley Forest provides a fantastic day out for those who love to walk, bike or even horse ride through the trees. There are a number of walking routes ranging from an easy 1.5 mile stroll to a moderate 4.5 mile hill walk. The Forest features an impressive 800 metre ‘Viking Wild Play’ area for families to enjoy too, with assault course, wood workshop, viking ghost ship play frame and many other adventures for your little one to enjoy.
Step directly onto the Weardale Way from Kingfisher Leisure Park
The weardale way is an impressive 74 mile long distance route from Cowshill to Sunderland Bridge. Split into shorter sections of between 4 and 8 miles there is a lot to see wherever you choose to begin. Kingfisher is conveniently located on the Stanhope to White Kirkley 4.5 mile section of the route and can be accessed from the park itself. The route also takes you past our sister Park, Heather View.
Take in the countryside with the Barnard Castle Circular
With pretty Market towns and beautiful countryside surrounding you, it’s easy to forget how accessible some of the walking routes in the area are. The leisurely Barnard Castle circular starts from Scar Top, adjacent to Barnard Castle itself in the heart of the town. It then leads you through Deepdale Wood Nature Reserve, over the River Tees and to Lartington, a gorgeous village on the south side of the river with a breaktaking hall that anyone with an interest in architecture will want to see. You then follow open fields, return to the riverside and back over to the town where you can find plenty of places to relax and enjoy a nice cup of tea.
Take in some history with a stroll around Escomb and Etherley
The circular route from Escomb, Witton Park and Etherly allows you to experience the history of the area. The walk starts in Escomb near the Escomb Saxon Church, the oldest complete Saxon church in England, and continues past the Old Etherley Colliery George Pit and on to Phoenix Row, the route of the first passenger railway. The route is approximately 5 miles and can be adapted to include Witton Park to include some of the Weardale Way.