Deerness Valley Railway Path cycle route

Deerness Valley Railway Path overall cycle route rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Deerness Valley Railway Path is another old railway line in County Durham that was repurposed as a traffic-free cycling and walking trail, after the railway closed in the mid sixties. The path runs for 8.5 miles between Broompark near Durham, westwards to Crook.

At Broompark it links to the railway paths running north west to Consett and south west to Bishop Auckland, as well as NCN14 into Durham and eastwards. The route is a gentle gradient from east to west which gets a little steeper for the last half. The route is well signed and easy to follow

Most of the information in this guide is by Gary Dawes, with images from Geograph.

Surface of the Deerness Valley Railway Path

The path is a mix of hard compacted stone with a grit surface and some tarmac sections. The path is 2 to 3 metres wide for most of the route.


The route is designed as a multi use access trail, and as a result the whole route can be ridden on most kinds of cycle, including trikes, tandems and cargo bikes.

Toilets & Refreshments

The route passes various villages including  Bearpark, Ushaw Moor and Esh Winning,  which have various amenities including shops, cafés, and toilets

Points of Interest

The route passes several old mining villages but there are few signs of that industry now and the route is a scenic ride though meadows and mature woodland.

Routes in Durham

See also  The Wirral Way traffic-free cycle route


There are no A-frame barriers along the route, although there are some lazy chicane barriers at some of the road crossings.


Safety: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hilliness: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Mainly Flat)
Refreshment stops: ⭐⭐⭐
Barriers: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Surface: ⭐⭐⭐

Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The grading system I use is explained here.

Forecast for the Deerness Valley Railway Path

What the Deerness Valley Railway Path looks like

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Video of the Deerness Valley Railway Path

Getting to the Deerness Valley Railway Path

Durham has a railway station on the east coast main line. Crook is served by local buses, but they are unlikely to a cycle unless it’s a folder. As ever, read my Bikes On Trains guide for useful and helpful tips for taking your bike on the train.

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