Countryside Service

We have something for all tastes in our countryside events and guided walks programme. Come and explore with us through a variety of activities:

  • Guided walks - from one mile easy strolls to 15 mile hikes.
  • Creative walks - develop your photography, art and writing skills using the countryside as inspiration.
  • Community conservation - taster sessions where everyone can take part in simple conservation tasks and make a difference to their local countryside.

Countryside volunteering

If you want to help us look after the countryside, there are many opportunities for you to get involved in Countryside volunteering.

These include:

  • practical work repairing paths, mending fences and clearing vegetation
  • helping with guided walks and events
  • checking countryside sites and footpaths
  • reporting any problems
  • help at Hardwick Park (visitor centre, education sessions, birthday parties)
  • help with fundraising and office work
  • corporate and community volunteering
  • informal opportunities such as litter picking or 'balsam bashing' while out walking

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, make new friends and get fit. Everyone is welcome and no prior experience is necessary.

Who to contact

03000 264 589
Countryside Service

Other details

Referral and availability notes

Open to all residents and visitors to County Durham.


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