West RaintonHoughton-le-Spring

Weshou one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting West Rainton and Houghton-le-Spring.

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West Rainton
Grid Ref NZ3181346611
Lat / Lon 54.81336° / -1.50652°
Easting / Northing 431,813E / 546,611N
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Grid Ref NZ3412849839
Lat / Lon 54.84222° / -1.47012°
Easting / Northing 434,128E / 549,839N
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Weshou One's land is

Arable 62.5%
Pasture 10.8%
Urban 26.7%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



14 May 2021

Easy to follow and in parts quite scenic . A good way to get from Rainton to Houghton .Mainly away from roads but not suitable for those with mobility problems or taking children in push chairs as there are numerous stiles and parts of the walk get very boggy . A minor deviation, very easy to find , will take you through the Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve where there are toilets and a cafe . There are no public toilets in West Rainton or Houghton , but as pointed out in a previous review there are toilets at Lidl in Houghton and some of the pubs there seem to keep long hours.


02 May 2021

An enjoyable and scenic route, almost all of it away from roads. There are a lot of stiles so it wouldn't be suitable for wheelers and lots of the paths get very muddy. In the middle it passes quite close to Rainton Meadows nature reserve so it would be possible to detour to use the toilets and cafe there if necessary. There are no public toilets in either West Rainton or Houghton-le-Spring but in Houghton-le-Spring both Lidl and the public library have toilets for customers. Both places have supermarkets selling sandwiches, snacks and drinks as well as a takeaway fish and chip shop in West Rainton and a number of cafés and takeaways in Houghton-le-Spring. I've photographed the route starting in West Rainton but only seem to be able to upload one photo here. Sorry.


01 May 2021

Firstly, I walked the route as a 'there-and-back' so I've walked it in both directions - towards Houghton on the out leg and towards West Rainton on the return.

On the way out, at the edge of Houghton-le-Spring in the Chilton Moor area, the route crosses a field towards the B1284. This route (and an OS Map) will show a path running alongside the 'Red Burn' that runs through the field. In reality, this path is quickly lost in the overgrown grass and gets quite boggy towards the end and it appears the locals have created another route that diverges Easterly of the suggested footpath that then runs Northerly alongside the fence towards the stile (this 'new' path is easily identifiable on satellite imagery) and future walkers may consider this slight alteration.
On my return, after crossing the B1284 road, I continued Southerly on the path adjacent to the above road until I reached the junction with the minor road and turned in a Westerly direction and re-joined the route further along this road. This is another alteration that future walkers may consider.

Overall, the route is a very good one with well-maintained footpaths on the off-road sections and should provide a pleasant challenge for those that choose to walk it.

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