Public Rights 



To find footpaths in Etherley Parish and across County Durham visit: 

Our Parish has a labyrinth of public footpaths giving access to our beautiful surroundings.  See 

Many footpaths, bridleways and other public rights of way cross private land, working farms and in some cases are close to private homes. Please keep to the paths,  and if you have a dog with you, keep it under close control (on a short lead or at heel). Care must also be taken when approaching animals with their young.  

Use this link to  access the  Countryside Code: 

The Parish Council is a member of the County Council's Parish Paths Partnership which allows  us to help maintain the rights of way.  The work we cover includes cutting the pathways, clearing vegetation, hedge cutting,  styles building and repairs etc.   If you notice an issue with any of our Public Rights of Way please let un know.  More often than not problems can be resolved at a local level and if this is not the case we will contact the County Council Public Rights of Way section.   

If preferred  report footpath related issues can be reported directly to the County Council.  Visit:  

For further information and access the online Public Rights of Way Definitive Maps visit:

Visitors walking in  our Parish

It was a real pleasure bumping into a couple along Etherley Incline taking a well earned break during  their walking trip.  They had travelled from  Gloucestershire  for their holiday in the North East and visiting  Etherley  to  follow  one of the Northern Saints Trails.   

 It was so lovely to hear them comment on the beautiful location we live in with  such  magnificent views and countryside on our doorstep....  

Well we  can't argue with that can we! 

September 2022