Adventures around Durhamwith PlusBus

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The view from Durham railway station is one of the finest in the country. As the train pulls in, the sight of the castle and cathedral on their high cliff above the River Wear invites the visitor to explore. With a PlusBus ticket for a few pounds on top of your train fare, you can take unlimited buses anywhere in the Durham area all day. Here are just a few of the many things you could see and do by bus on a trip to Durham.

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  • Great for: cathedral | gardens | historic buildings | museums | riverside walks |
  • Refreshments: lots of great cafes, restaurants and pubs.
  • Please note: researched/updated in June 2024. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 3. Try the Northern Saints Trails

    The Northern Saints Trails are a new series of waymarked long-distance walks in the footsteps of ancient monks, saints and pilgrims, converging on Durham Cathedral. A PlusBus ticket is perfect for sampling these imaginative routes on their way into the city, encountering woods and bridges, gardens and nature reserves. All of them have lovely stretches beside the River Wear with views of the cathedral.

    • Way of Life – approaching Durham from the south, this 29-mile route from Gainford ends by winding through some of Durham’s loveliest landscapes. Catch frequent bus 6 from the bus station or from the university (see 2 above) to the bus stop called Cock o the North on South Road. It’s a pleasant 3½ mile walk from here to the cathedral, past a small stone circle and spiral and a miner made from woven willow branches.
    • Way of Love – coming in from the east, this 28-mile route from Hartlepool is a fabulous walk, through former mines and flowering meadows from the sea. To sample the last 2½ miles, catch bus 22 or bus 24 to the stop called Dragon Lane End. Walk down Bent House Lane to join the route by turning right soon after the farm. You soon have views of the cathedral ahead and a chance to visit Old Durham Gardens.
    • The Way of Learning approached from Jarrow, 38 miles north of Durham. To walk the last 3 miles, catch hourly bus 62 to Finchdale Avenue in Brasside. The walk route is along the Weardale Way, another of the area’s great hikes, and past Crook Hall Gardens, a connecting series of spaces near an atmospheric medieval hall.
    • The Way of Light comes in from Hexham, 45 miles west. To sample the last couple of miles, from the village of Bearpark, catch regular bus 48 to the bus stop called Moorsley Bank Farm. With you back to the city, turn right up the grassy path by the bus stop to pick up the route.
    • For more days out by bus in the area, see our Adventures around Newcastle.