out and about with scout 2nd of January 2022
Today is the first time I've ventured outside for three weeks. Not through choice might I add as believe me there's nothing I hate more than being stuck inside. Unfortunately I was struck down with a nasty chest infection which didn't sit well with my Sarcoid symptoms and for me much of December was spent trawling through the black hole otherwise known as YouTube.
As is par for the course in the North East of England at this time of year the weather is dire. It rains a lot here and everywhere is cold and damp. Consequently many of the footpaths which are a joy to walk on in the summer are now a muddy morass. Fortunately there are a network of disused railways in County Durham which have been repurposed as multi user footpaths/cycle ways. One of these, the Bishop Auckland to Brandon railway path, is relatively close by and this is where we headed to today.
The path starts at the northern end of Newton Cap roundabout on the A689 next to the entrance to the Kynren complex. There's a small (free) car park which holds something like ten cars. Leading out of the car park is the main path which runs along the former railway track bed to Brandon. It's not the only path though, and there's another to the right of the fenced gate which leads down to the base of the viaduct where it joins the Weardale Way.
It's a good place to walk and there are many public footpaths on both sides of the old railway giving the walker a wide range of options and distances to choose from.