Penshaw Monument

Penshaw Monument

Start and Finish

A car-park in Pattinson,at grid reference NZ325553, near Glebe House Farm and not far from the A195.


A short walk of about 4 miles through fields and woodland and along the River Wear. A short climb up towards the monument is unavoidable unless you are prepared to miss the fantastic views. Best Map-OS Explorer 308

The Walk

Leave the car-park and cross the footbridge over the Wear. Turn left and go along the road, past The Oddfellows Arms pub.
Continue along, parallel to the river-over a small footbridge crossing a stream.

Ignore the steps leading up through the woods immediately after the bridge and proceed along by the river. Take the next footpath up through the wood to the right (blue arrow)-eventually skirting to the right of the golf course.

The path joins a country lane after leaving the grounds of the golf course, going over a bridge crossing an old railway line. Proceed up this lane. Where the roads bends to the left, a public footpath goes off straight ahead into a field. Go over the stile and into the field and take the right footpath into the woods.

Take the first left path after entering the wood and go along the path as it meanders around and up towards Penshaw Monument. Soon, you leave the woodland and the monument is in front of you.

Go up to it and enjoy views all around, including the sea to the East and the moors to the West. The path down from Penshaw MonumentLeave the monument at the opposite end of reaching it, down the steps and through a gate. Keep going down the path and follow this until some houses are reached.

This takes you next to a minor road, turn right, go around the corner and cross the stile onto the public footpath on the right.



Go through the fields and head down towards a minor road, cross this and join an old railway line track and turn left along it. Keep going until you come alongside the still intact railway line and continue towards the bridge overhead.

Go on this bridge and turn right past the old station houses which are on the right. Opposite the last house, on the left, there is a public footpath going across the field, take this path and enter a Woodland Trust wood.

The path veers left and then right before meeting up with the path alongside the River Wear again, turn right along by the river.

Darwin, just before the viaduct

Go under the Victoria Viaduct and follow the path until you meet the bridge at the start of the walk. Cross this and return to the car-park.