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Parish Paths

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
here to download the map.


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.

Footpath 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.

Footpath 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.

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