Posts Tagged ‘Lanchester valley railway path’

Dinah and Ben Hatch and family take a leisurely cycle through the county’s old mining country

Route information

Length 12 miles

Duration 4 hours (approx)

Start Broompark, Durham

Finish Lydgetts Junction

Classification Easy

Terrain Off-road, some hills

Who’s it good for? Families; couples and friends

MapOS Explorer 307 and 308

Broompark to Lydgetts Junction

Now let’s be clear about this. We, the Hatches, are not an outdoorsy family. We wish we were, but somehow catastrophe always strikes when the pavement runs out; we panic when we cannot hear traffic, at least in the distance.

A family member was knocked into the Atlantic with a paddle when we last kayaked and on a holiday cycle ride our son’s tagalong became detached Frank Spencer-style and he rolled down into a canal in France. But we are determined to instil the virtues of the countryside and activity into our children Phoebe, nine, and Charlie, seven, so we agreed to a weekend of ruddy-faced cycling in Durham. We left the iPad at home, banned all talk of Minecraft and even bought an Ordnance Survey map (that’s what folk do, isn’t it?).

via Diggin’ the past: Durham’s scenic cycling country | Travel | theguardian.com.

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Lanchester Valley Railway Path Masterplan – update






10.30am to 1.00pm


Lanchester Village Green Lanchester




Last year the Countryside Service and the Mid Durham AAP commissioned a consultation to ask people living in villages along the Lanchester Valley Way what improvements they would like to see along

Ideas included:

• natural play areas

• community orchards

• wildflower and wildlife areas

• improving sign-posting

• installing quirky seats

• creating path links and woodland trails

Please come along and find out what happens next and how you can get involved.

If you’d like more information about the Railway Paths project call Durham County Council’s Countryside Service on 0191 372 9102 or email countryside@durham.gov.uk

via Event Information-Durham County Council.

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