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Download and print outdoor trails along Durham Cathedral's woodlands and riverbanks for all the family to enjoy.

Green spaces and footpaths

We care for the wooded riverbanks surrounding Durham Cathedral, helping you to discover their history and enjoy a walk in nature.

Go on an adventure to explore these stories with our family friendly woodlands and riverbanks walking trails, free to download below. 

A growing heritage

Intriguing buildings pepper the riverbanks, including the Corn Mill and the Fulling Mill, boat houses used by schools and Durham University Colleges, and a folly called The Count’s House.

Find out more in Heritage – Woodlands and Riverbanks.

Show your love

Durham Cathedral's stewardship of the woodlands and riverbanks takes time and effort.

If you enjoy these resources and would like to keep these spaces open for everyone to enjoy, please consider making a donation.

Photography Trail

This family-friendly trail guides you around the best photography spots on the picturesque riverbanks surrounding the cathedral. Learn how to consider light, focus, and position, with expert tips to get the most out of your camera. Download the Photography Trail (PDF)

Children's riverbanks nature hunt

How good are you at spotting creepy crawlies and flowers? Print off our seasonal hunt list and see how many you score!

Nature trail

This nature trail has been developed with local school children to help you explore our woodlands and riverbanks. Look out for animals, birds, trees and flowers! Download the nature trail (PDF)

History trail

Today’s picturesque landscape surrounding the cathedral was carefully created in the 18th century by the cathedral clergy. This trail was developed by local people who took part in the History of the Cathedral Riverbanks research course, after many hours searching for evidence in the cathedral’s archives. Download the history trail (PDF)

Geology Trail

On Durham Cathedral’s riverbanks, geological secrets are all around you. Download this trail to explore some of the geological features of the river gorge surrounding the cathedral, which began to form about 11,000 years ago at the end of the last glacial period. Download the Geology Trail (PDF)

Pilgrimage Trail

Durham Cathedral has been a place of pilgrimage for 900 years, and medieval pilgrims would have approached the cathedral on foot along the riverbanks. This trail will help you find lots of places to pause and feel close to God in the beauty of nature. Download the Pilgrimage Trail (PDF)

Orienteering trails

Orienteering is a sport in which competitors navigate their way ar their own pace between features marked on a special coloured map.

Our permanent course is suitable for families, groups and schools.

There are four variations (1a - d) plus a more difficult course, labelled 2.

Woodland Snap

Working with children from Aycliffe Village Primary School, we've created a Woodlands and Riverbanks version of snap.

The back of the cards feature St Cuthbert's Cross. On the front there's a fun fact and a photo.

All the photos were taken by the Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, a former Dean of Durham.

To make your pack of cards

Print the following on card. You can laminate them to make them last longer!

  1. Print Woodland Snap page 1 (PDF) with Woodland Snap B side (PDF) on the back x 6 copies
  2. Print Woodland Snap page 2 (PDF) with B side on the back x 6 copies
  3. Print Woodland Snap page 3 (PDF) with B side on the back x 1 copy