The Weardale Way is a long distance path of 77 miles leading from Wearmouth at Sunderland up to the source of the Wear near Killhope. For Terrace Cottage visitors, its very handy as the route passes through Rookhope Village via Smailsburn and Sugar Hill as this section shows:
As it is largely been established by Durham County Council with the aid of a Heritage Lottery Fund award; the routes are well signposted and maintained throughout. There is a limited bus service to Cowshill and Killhope if you want to take a one way walk back along the route towards Rookhope.
Weardale Way Maps
Durham County Council has provided a series of 10 free downloadable pdf maps for walkers to use, which should all print as single pages of 500k or so:
- This first map illustrates the locations of the ten sections of the route : Weardale Way map key.pdf
- Extension section from Cowshill to Killhope – 4 miles : 6500m : Cowshill to Killhope, an extension of the Weardale Way.pdf
- section from Cowshill to Westgate – 4.5 miles : 7600m : Weardale Way map 1.pdf
- from Westgate to Eastgate via Rookhope – 8 miles : 12800m: Weardale Way map 2.pdf; covering the Rookhope Area
- from Eastgate to Stanhope – 2.5 miles : 4200m : Weardale Way map 3.pdf
- from Stanhope to White Kirkley – 4.5 miles : 7400m : Weardale Way map 4.pdf
- from White Kirkley to Wolsingham – 5.5 miles : 9200m : Weardale Way map 5.pdf
- from Wolsingham to Harperley – 3 miles : 4500m : Weardale Way map 6.pdf
- from Harperley to Witton-le-Wear – 3 miles : 4600m : Weardale Way map 7.pdf
- from Witton-le-Wear to Bishop Auckland – 5 miles : 8200m : Weardale Way map 8.pdf
- from Bishop Auckland to Willington – 4 miles : 6500m : Weardale Way map 9.pdf
- from Willington to Sunderland Bridge – 4.5 miles : 7300m : Weardale Way map 10.pdf
There is a useful guide book to the whole route available from Amazon .
We hope you enjoy walking in the Northern Pennines as much as we do.