Middridge is part of the County Durham Parish Paths Partnership.

A map of the paths and walks around Middridge can be found on the noticeboard by the lay-by or downloaded
from here. Click the link below.

Middridge Parish Paths.pdf

Middridge is one of the old green villages of Durham with a history
dating back to before the 12th century.

The countryside around Middridge is rich in wildlife and you may be
fortunate enough to see deer, foxes, hares, curlews and lapwings.

The Bay Horse Pub is a good starting and finishing point for your walk.
Refreshments and car parking are available for customers. There is also a
car park behind the village hall.

8 goes towards Old Eldon and passes the site of Charles Pit
which is now the village play area. Further on there is a small copse on
the right, which was planted by volunteers from the village to celebrate
the millennium.

7 going south follows the path of the old tramway, linking
what was Charles Pit to the coal drops at the main railway line. This path
also skirts Middridge Quarry, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, which is
famous for its fossils. The hamlet of Eden Pit used to be here. Further on
you cross the historic Darlington to Stockton railway line leading on to
Redworth and passing Middridge Grange. This old farmhouse is linked to
the legend of the Middridge Fairies and to the story of the Byerley Turk,
one of the first thoroughbred racehorses.

6 crosses the railway bridge on its way to School Aycliffe. On
the right are the remains of Riseburn Village.

1 will take you along what is reputed to be the Saxon equivalent of
the A1. From this path there are wonderful open views, which extend towards
the coast.

The map was produced by Middridge Parish Council with funding from Durham
County Council’s Parish Paths Partnership. Middridge Parish Council is part of
Durham County Council’s Parish Paths Partnership which improves and maintains
all of the public paths in Middridge. We work hard to look after these paths so people
can enjoy the countryside. Use the paths to discover more about Middridge and to
get active. For more information on public paths contact the Access and Rights of Way
Section on 0191 383 3239.