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A hilltop village surrounded by moorland

Waskerley Moor

Found atop the wild Waskerley Moor, Waskerley is a peaceful place to retreat for those looking to explore the Durham countryside and the North Pennines Area of Outstand Natural Beauty.

The surrounding Waskerley Moor is quiet and unspoilt, much like the majority of the North Pennines, and is dotted with reservoirs, which are great for waterside walks and wildlife spotting. Among them are Waskerley Reservoir, Smiddy Shaw Reservoir and Hishope Reservoir.

Hownsgill Viaduct

Waskerley is best-known for the Sea to Sea Cycle Route; the section which passes to the north of the village is known by some as the Waskerley Way. This epic cycle route spans 140 miles, crossing the country from Whitehaven on Cumbria’s west coast to Sunderland or Tynemouth on the eastern coast. From Waskerley you can head in either direction along the route, making it great for cycling both long and short distances.

The Waskerley Way, a 10-mile section of the route, is also popular with walkers, and here you can soak up the sights of the High House Woods, the reservoirs, Hownsgill Viaduct – a 46m-high railway structure, and a former rail station. Rare plants and wildlife can also be seen along the way, including adders, red and black grouse, merlin, slow worms and melancholy thistles. The path is one of the most popular in County Durham, and is also suitable for horse-riders, pushchairs and wheelchair users.

Walkers will also love the fact that Waskerley is tucked away within the boundaries of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a haven for walkers, wildlife watchers and landscape lovers, with its views spanning tumbling waterfalls, rolling moorland and ancient meadows. You can even enjoy breathtaking beauty by night as the region is home to many Dark Sky Discovery Sites, where you can enjoy crystal-clear views of the Milky Way.

Many towns and villages can be reached within just a few miles’ drive from Waskerley. These include Muggleswick, three miles to the north, with its priory ruins, and Stanhope, found six miles south-west, where you can find a fossil tree, gigantic stepping stones crossing a ford and the start of the Weardale Railway. The nearest large town is Consett, found six miles north-east, where there is a larger selection of amenities, including pubs, shops and restaurants. Among the places to eat there include Sweethart, the perfect pit-stop for coffee and cake, as well as the Udon Thai Restaurant. For a special occasion, try The Old Vicarage in Castleside – a truly unique setting.

“A peaceful place to retreat for those looking to explore the Durham countryside…”

If you’ve been inspired to base your next holiday in peaceful Waskerley, take a look at our full collection of Waskerley cottages and find your perfect place to stay amongst the North Pennines.

While you’re there


A nearby town with plenty to see and do, including the Weardale Railway

Waskerley Way

A ten-mile route popular with walkers and cyclists

Waskerley Moor

A quiet area of moorland with views out three peaceful reservoirs

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