Park at the Hole in the Wall car park off Newgate (DL12 8GB)
4.2 mile circular walk
From the car park go through the passageway signposted for the river. Go across Newgate and continue through another little ginnel, which leads through the churchyard of St Mary’s and then out on to the riverside parkland of Demesnes.
Here turn left along a stony path, which angles down to the river. It passes Demesnes Mill, then follows the north bank of the Tees, with the river on your right.
You pass (quickly if the wind is in the wrong direction) the sewage works. Ignore the upper left fork of two paths and stay by the river to enter pretty woodland, which allows glimpses of the remains of Egglestone Abbey on the far banks. Go through the gate on to the road and turn right over Abbey Bridge.
Turn right at the junction on the far side of the bridge, then go left up the access track to view the abbey. Return to the road and follow it left, to pass Bow Bridge. A squeeze stile in the hedge on the right marks the start of the path along the south bank of the Tees. On the approach to a caravan park the path crosses fields and veers slightly away from the river.
Turn right along a surfaced track, down to the caravan park and take the second drive on the left, which eventually leads to the continuation of the riverside path.
Turn right over the footbridge back into Barnard Castle and go straight ahead into Thorngate. Turn left along Bridgegate. Where the road crosses the County Bridge go straight on to follow a path that rounds the castle walls to the entrance. After visiting the castle continue past the Methodist church to the start of Galgate. Turn right along Market Street and continue to the Market Cross. Carry on down The Bank then, at the top of Thorngate, go left to Demesnes.
Retrace earlier footsteps back to the car park.
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