Explorer Map 306, - Middlesbrough & Hartlepool
The bulk of this walk uses graded tracks, - the Haswell
to Hart Railway Walkway and the Castle Eden Walkway.
Although the walk had been selected as a "wet weather walk",
what we found was that recent heavy rains had made sections of the Castle
Eden Walkway partially flooded, and we had some difficulty getting past
these flooded sections.
This must be a bit of an exception, though, as normally the railway walkways
offer a level and easily walkable route.
From the Hurworth Burn to Station Town we used farm footpaths and tracks
as an alternative to the Castle Eden Walkway. Although this route was
also wet underfoot, the main difficulty lay with the stiles that had to
be crossed. There were three or four of these stiles, mostly in a poor
state of repair, - one especially.
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Start from the small parking area by the railway walkway
in Hesleden (NZ442 379).
Follow the railway walkway from Hesleden to Castle Eden, and continue
along the track for a further mile.
When you come to a copse of Beech trees, there is a footpath on your left
that takes you to a surfaced track that leads to Station Town.
Continue on this track, and when you reach to small park in Station Town
continue straight ahead until you come to the main street.
Head Southwards down Station Town's main street. Just past a road junction
the entrance to the Castle Eden Walkway is clearly found on your right.
Follow the Castle Eden Walkway to the disused railway station at Hurworth
About 200 yards past the station, there is a cycle path sign directing
you to the Hurworth Burn Road. However, the actual path leading down to
this road is a bit further ahead on your right.
Follow the Hurworth Burn Road Westwards for a short distance, - but CARE
for traffic. Keep well to the side, facing the oncoming traffic.
Take the farm track on your right that heads Northwards on the Western
side of Hurworth Burn.
Having crossed the footbridge, there is a footpath on your left that initially
follows the edge of Hurworth Burn then crosses North Westwards to White
However, we found that continuing past this footpath there is a lane on
the left which leads to a small field gate that seemed to be a well-used
Take the track that heads Northwards past White Hurworth Farm. After one
field, there is a footpath on your left that takes you to a track that
runs between White Hurworth Farm and Woodlands Close Farm.
One stile on this track was in a very poor state of repair.
Take the road West at Woodlands Close Farm, - but CARE for traffic. Keep
well to the side, facing the oncoming traffic.
Take the track to West Woodburn Farm. On the map the track is shown as
continuing Northwards past the farm. However, we found that this wasn't
the case, and the footpath past the farm had a somewhat hidden entrance.
Once at the railway walkway, head East into Station Town.
From Station Town, retrace your steps to Hesleden.