The setting for the Cathedral and the whole of the Durham World Heritage Site is part medieval city and part a wonderful vista of woodlands around a meander in the River Wear.

The river almost forms a complete loop, and its banks provide a peaceful haven from the busy parts of the City centre. There are a variety of footpaths that provide pedestrian routes through the city as well as access to green spaces where it can be pleasant to linger and enjoy the setting.

There are a number of built structures around the riverbanks, including the Corn Mill and the Fulling Mill, a variety of boat houses used by schools and Durham University Colleges, and a folly called The Count’s House.

A highlight is Prebends’ Bridge, built in 1776. Views of the Cathedral and its woodland setting are stunning from the Bridge and its provides much used pedestrian access to and from the City.