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Dog Friendly Walks : Stanhope Burn Circular (1½ easy)

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Burnside Brace Guest House 23 Rose Terrace Stanhope Durham DL13 2PE

  • Map - Explorer 307 – Consett and Derwent Reservoir
  • Distance - About 1½ miles
  • Stiles - None
  • Date walked - 9.4.08

Hamish was staying at Burnside Brace B&B when he walked this easy but attractive route.  Non guests could start from the village centre or on-street parking near the B&B.

From the B&B (grid reference NY 99023936) turn right towards the B6278 to Barnard Castle but turn right along a farm track just over the burn as indicated by a green and white finger post.  Follow the track ahead, with the burn on your right hand side (RHS) past farm buildings keeping to the right of a stone outbuilding (as marked by a foot paths sign) then right of the farmyard (again marked by a footpath marker) onto a grassy track towards the burn. 

Don't cross a bridge over the burn but keep left (i.e. keeping the burn on your RHS).  The path soon runs between fences then ahead through a four bar metal gate. After the path enters woods keep to the more major path when a lesser path forks right down hill.  Cross a small footbridge, then another concrete bridge with metal handrails. The woods and burn are now mainly on your RHS side with fields and a farm house some way off on your left hand side (LHS).  The valley soon becomes a bit deeper and rockier on your RHS.  Cross another footbridge over a small stream that joins the burn, then a short way further on turn right to cross over a more substantial bridge over the burn.

Turn right on a track once across the burn (do not go ahead up steps).  Turn right as the track joins a metalled lane, then pass beside a metal gate. Follow the lane to reach the B6278 road (the burn is away to your RHS beyond a caravan park below you as you walk to the B road).

At the B road turn right and use the pavement on its RHS all the way back to Stanhope (there's a dog waste bin just before you reach the village sign and 30mph sign).  At T-junction with A689 turn right signposted to Barnard Castle (turn left if you parked in Market Place or at Durham Dales Centre).  Burnside Brace is a short way up on the RHS.

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