Path protection boost for County Durham walkers

A number of well-used paths on council owned land have been officially added to the records of public rights of way in County Durham thanks to the help of local walkers.

Pathway. Image: Morguefile
Pathway. Image: Morguefile
The six paths have been added by Durham County Council and are now protected under highways law. They include paths in Delves Lane, Haswell, Wingate, a path near Egglestone Abbey and two in Sherburn Hill.

The paths were added after local walkers who regularly used them contacted the council. Their registration on the official records of public paths confirms their status as public rights of way and ensures they will be protected for future generations.

Cllr Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: "Recording paths in County Durham preserves a key part of our often breath-taking natural landscape. By ensuring these paths are protected we hope to encourage more walking and cycling for years to come, creating a healthier, more environmentally friendly county for everyone."

There are now 2,175 miles of public paths in County Durham which can be seen at

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