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The Countryside of Durham

Discover the countryside of Durham on your doorstep or on holiday



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Parks, coast and countryside
Information at Durham County Council also including outdoor activities.

Enjoy Durham's Great Outdoors
This is Durham presents a wide variety of information with natural wonders and things to do.

Durham Wildlife Trust
Conserving Wildlife from Tees to Tyne. Find out about their reserves and its wildlife.

Durham Landscape
Understanding and conserving the diversity of the County Durham Landscape...

Durham Local Group - RSPB
RSPB local groups are a great way to meet friendly, like-minded people...

CPRE Durham
Standing up for the countryside in the County of Durham.

SSSIs in County Durham
Extensive list and further details of Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Durham's National Nature Reserves
Durham's NNR designations at

LNRs in County Durham
The Local Nature Reserve designations in Durham.

North Pennines AONB
Discover a diverse range of countryside at this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Parks and open spaces in Durham
Information at Wikipedia with subcategories of Country Parks & Gardens.

Nature Reserves in County Durham
Information at Wikipedia with details of each site.

Sponsored Listings
Please get in touch to apply

CoolStays in County Durham

Shepherds Huts, a Country House or a Cottage right on the banks of the River Tees, find holiday accommodation you'll never forget.

Latest News

  • The Muggleswick Gates

    by Tim the Gate Maker / Out West in the Land of Oak & Iron “On a spring day last April, volunteers from The Land of Oak & Iron Woodland Volunteer Team made their way to the wilds of Muggleswick, why you might ask? Well they were there because Durham County Council had asked them

  • Wild at home

    Durham Wildlife Trust has launched a new initiative to help keep people entertained during the restrictions in place to cope with the coronavirus crisis. Wild@Home has been designed to help everyone spot plants and creatures, in their own gardens, yards or nearby green spaces. Free resources will be shared every Monday, from Monday March 30,

  • Visitor Centre Update

    Visitor Centres update 23/3/20 In line with Government guidance Durham Wildlife Trust’s visitor centres at Low Barns and Rainton Meadows will be closed from 4pm today (Monday 23rd March). There will be no vehicle access to both sites during this time as the Trust’s offices located in the centres are also closed.  Access to the

  • Connecting children with nature

    Many people have found themselves in a situation where they are unexpectedly at home with school-aged children. We know that keeping the kids entertained at home isn’t always easy so we have put together some activities that you can enjoy in the house and garden. From building bird feeders and wildlife ponds to creating a mini

  • COVID-19 update

    The Trust understands that the recent news and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation may have caused our members and visitors some concern. We would like to take this opportunity to offer an overview of the current status of our reserves and visitor centres and the steps we are taking in response to Coronavirus. Access We

  • Winter wildlife at Low Barns

    by Wildnerness Ranger, Rachel Richards “Low Barns nature reserve is just such a fantastic spot, whatever your cup of tea: be it a leg stretching walk, a laid-back stroll, a calming spell sitting in a hide with a flask and a camera or a coffee in the café while family do the walking and bird

  • Reserves round-up

    The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry – by Laura Tedstone, Living Landscapes Officer (South) “You can plan and have planned contingency but when the weather and nature is in control you never know what is around the corner. February’s plethora of storms saw all plans change and change again when it came to habitat

  • Care for your coast
  • Dragonflies and damselflies bounce back from tough year

    A survey into numbers of dragonflies and damselflies in the Durham Wildlife Trust area has shown that the insects have bounced back spectacularly after a challenging 2018. The Trust-led project entered its fifth year in 2019 and surveys were carried out by volunteers who adopted sites in their local area and recorded dragonfly and damselfly

  • Creating a hibernacula

    Durham Wildlife Trust’s Heart of Durham Project volunteers in partnership with Northumbrian Water have created an artificial hibernacula on Pow Hill Heath, on the south side of Derwent Reservoir. A hibernacula is a place in which species, such as toads, lizards and snakes seek refuge, to overwinter to avoid harsh weather conditions and times when

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