Walks around Rookhope and Weardale

One of the best ways of exploring the North Pennines is on foot and we’re often asked where are the best walks in easy reach. So here are a few routes for gentler and more challenging walks from Rookhope. There are plenty of opportunities to walk in the surrounding hills or along the Rookhope Burn, either starting from the village or taking a short drive to other local places.

Views of the countryside from all the cottage windows are fantastic. There are some lovely walks around Rookhope and many more within a short drive

Several published walks are available either in printed format or online. There is a nicely illustrated set of walks taking in the Lead Mining features in the area on the County Council Rookhope Walk sheet.

Walks in the Area

Around Rookhope – The AA have a nice starter walk on their site; we’ve rearranged it on the Rookhope Walk page to start in the middle of the village.

The Weardale.uk website has a page of great local walks and plenty of other information for visitors. weardale map

Another Rookhope Walk – in the Walk4Life website – there are several others available if you search by the DL13 2BB postcode.

Weardale Way – The Ramblers published an excellent article on the Weardale Way by Mark Rowe.

Bollihope Burn – This lovely photo series and description takes you there – even a map to guide you.

The Derwent from Blanchland – There’s a lovely walk along the Derwent from Blanchland available from North Pennines (downloadable pdf file). Its made extra special by being able to relax in the Lord Crewe afterwards!

Allenheads walks – there are a few leaflets available at the Hemmel Café published by the Parish Council, to the Old Smelt Mill and East Allen.

Haltwhistle Walking Festival runs regular guided walks, mostly in the  Tyne and Allen Valleys, with the ‘Haltwhistle Challenge’ in early July.

Allendale walk – here’s one adapted from the Times from Allendale Town

Durham Riverside walk – one of our day trips to the big City – really makes an excellent day trip – with a decent walk thrown in

Royal Geographical Society‘s website DiscoveringBritain.org has several local walks including Allenheads and Blanchland and ExploreNorthPennines has a great selection of downloadable .pdf maps to help you explore.

Some more walks are available in this Durham Council leaflet (pdf download); and a walk to find Frosterley Marble with choice of 1 1/2 and 5 mile walks (pdf download). There are a lot of Northumberland walks on Shepherds Walks website, including a walk around Blanchland and Alston Moor.

Buy a Boot up the Durham Dales from AmazonSome graded walks further afield can also be found at WalkingBritain There’s a copy of ‘A Boot up the Durham Dales‘ in Terrace Cottage for use of our guests – and it is available from local retailers or Amazon.

The Pennine Journey passes right through Rookhope on its 247 mile route, and is being added to all new OS 25,000 scale maps. You can see details on their website. Its well worth following the walk to Blanchland from Rookhope.

Useful Resources

Walk4Life is a useful resource for finding and sharing walks

North Pennines guide to the wild birds – download a pdf here

The Walking Magazine is an excellent resource from the Ramblers at walkmag.co.uk

The Great Outdoors magazine also has an online version

The National Trust Magazine is free with your membership – you can join through this link

Outdoor Enthusiast offers free sign up to its digital edition via the oe-mag website.

Chris Tradgett


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