There are about 2.5km (1.4 miles) of public rights of way in Pelaw Wood providing a variety of interesting walks as illustrated on our map board in St Giles Close. The Wearside Way runs alongside the river but an interesting diversion is the ‘middle path’ that clings to the hillside above and parallel to the river. Alternatively you can enter the Wood from Gilesgate, crossing Pelaw Wood Beck ravine by the Silver Link Bridge and either turn right towards the river; or left and then right through one of the glades towards Old Durham.
All these paths add interest to walks from the City into the surrounding countryside. Unfortunately due to the steepness of the ground only the riverside path is wheelchair friendly.
To see details of the footpaths in and around Pelaw Wood click on the OpenStreetMap below.
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The Friends of Pelaw wood have an ongoing programme to improve access through the wood by maintaining the surfaces and steps. In addition to our members’ efforts we have also gratefully received support from the Durham County Rangers and the County’s Parish Path Partnership. Links to these organisations may be found here.
The County’s Definitive Map of public rights of way has detailed maps of the footpaths in the Wood.