Getting Here

By road

The River Wear is very easily reached by the UK's main trunk roads, being approximately 4 hours from London and 4 hours from Birmingham. The A1231 and A183 runs along the river and most of the beats are easily accessed from it. The Wear is easily accessible from the north, south and west as the river is located off the A1.

From the North: Either take the A1 coastal route to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, continue south past Gateshead and then join the A1(M) at Washington. Leave the motorway at junction 62 and proceed on the A690, following signs for Durham for the lower Wear. Continue further down the A1 to junction 61 towards Ferryhill and junction 60 Bishp Auckland

From the West: Take the A66 (junction 40 of the M6) and continue across the Pennines to Scotch Corner. Then join the A1 and continue to junction 60 for Bishop Auckland, 61 for Ferryhill and junction 62 for Durham.

From the North West: Either take the M61 to Preston and then join the M6 northbound to junction 40, where you should leave the motorway on the A66 to Scotch Corner. Then join the A1 and continue straight ahead to junction 60 for Bishop Auckland, 61 for Ferryhill and junction 62 for Durham

From Yorkshire: Take the M62 eastbound past Leeds and join the M1 at junction 29. Continue straight ahead on to the A1 and A1(M) junction 60 for Bishop Auckland, 61 for Ferryhill and junction 62 for Durham.

From the Midlands: Take the M6 northbound to junction 40 and then join the A66 Cross-Pennine road to Scotch Corner. Join the A1(M) and proceed to junction 60 for Bishop Auckland, 61 for Ferryhill and junction 62 for Durham.

From the South (London): Either take the A41 and then join on to the A1(M) at Hatfield which becomes the A1 trunk road at various points on the journey north. Continue straight ahead to junction 60 for Bishop Auckland, 61 for Ferryhill and junction 62 for Durham.



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By air and rail

If travelling by air the nearest airport is Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley. If travelling by train change at Durham and Bishop Auckland.

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