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ACTIVE VALLEYS

At Active Valleys, we want to get Deerness Valley residents of all ages moving, improving health and wellbeing! Whether it’s taking the bike out for a muddy ride, searching for nature with the kids, taking a stroll for a catch up with friends, or even joining a nearby aerobics class or boxing club, the railway path is a perfect place to get some fresh air, exercise and discover new things.

But what else can you discover along the way? There are so many clubs, activities and organisations that can help you not only get active but also make friends and try new things along the path.

ABOUT ACTIVE VALLEYS

Active Valleys is a new and exciting Sport England funded initiative to build healthier, more active communities in the Deerness Valley. An active lifestyle benefits the physical and mental wellbeing of individuals along with creating a better connected, more resilient community.

This new initiative brings together a group of local organisations who are working together to achieve one goal – to improve physical activity in the area. Active Valleys is a number of villages connected by an old railway path. We want local residents of all ages to use the route to be active. Deerness Valley includes the following villages; East Hedleyhope, Waterhouses, Esh Winning, Ushaw Moor, Broompark, New Brancepeth, Brandon, Bearpark and the grounds of Ushaw College.

As part of Active Valleys there are a wide range of things happening and we hope that by showing all the fun, family-friendly opportunities available along the Deerness Valley Railway Path we can help you get moving

WHAT TO DO AT THE VALLEYS

The Active Valley area has community halls, a sports centre and a dedicated gymnastics facility. The Deerness Valley Railway Path is a valuable asset which follows the route of the River Deerness through a mixture of arable and grazing land, woods and meadows. It incorporates the villages of Broompark, Ushaw Moor, Esh Winning, Waterhouses and East Hedleyhope.

Did You Know?

The railway line was opened in 1858 and carried coal out of the Deerness Valley for nearly 100 years until the line closed in 1951. Today, the line has been completely transformed and reclaimed, following the route of the River Deerness through a mixture of arable and grazing land, woods and herb rich meadows. You may see a variety birds including herons, woodpeckers and jays, some colourful butterflies, and all sorts of other wildlife from a hare to roe deer. The route length is 8.5 miles (13.5km), and it is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users.

There are various walking, running and wellbeing sessions that also operate in the Valleys, via Walk Durham, Run Durham and Ways to Wellbeing.
The Valley has a wide range of sports clubs, which cater for both adults and juniors such as football, cricket, gymnastics, boxing, table tennis, running and karate. Take a look at our interactive map to see the full list of provision available.

Due to the Government guidelines regarding COVID 19 some activities may have changed or not currently be available. Please check with the provider or facility before attending.

INTERACTIVE MAP

The interactive map will show you where you can get moving in Deerness Valley! Select the numbered marker at each location for information on facilities, clubs and groups, and activities to take part in. You can also download a PDF version of the Active Valleys map here. (Opens in a new window).

Active Valleys Interactive Map
01

Deerness Gymnastics Academy

02

Ushaw Moor Cricket Club

03

Esh Winning Cricket Club

04

Langley Park & Bearpark Cricket Club

05

New Brancepeth WMC Football Team

06

Deerness Valley Junior FC

(girls & boys section)

07

Durham United Junior FC

07

Durham United Junior FC

08

Durham County FC

09

Esh Winning FC

10

Esh Winning Cricket Club

(over 40s football team)

11

Ushaw Moor Cricket Club Football Team

12

Run Fit North East

13

Durham Roller Derby

14

Junsui Karate

15

Brandon United FC

16

Brandon Table Tennis Club

17

Brandon Cricket Club

18

Brandon Boxing Club

19

Bobby Robson Sports Centre

20

Bearpark Community Centre

21

Hamsteels Community Centre

22

Waterhouses/East Hedleyhope Village Hall

23

New Brancepeth Village Hall

24

Lionmouth Rural Centre

25

The Hut, Ushaw Moor

26

Woodland Hall,Esh Winning

27

Sevenoaks Quebec Village Hall

28

Brandon Community Centre

29

Brandon Carrside Youth & Community Project

INTERACTIVE MAP

The interactive map will show you where you can get moving in Deerness Valley! You can also download a PDF version of the Active Valleys map here. (Opens in a new window).

Active Valeys Mobile Phone
Active Valleys - Deerness Railway Path

PATHWAY IMPROVEMENTS

There are pathway improvements being made to various routes of the Deerness Valley Railway Path.

As part of this work, new way markers and people counters will be installed to make the routes more accessible and give everyone the chance to get moving on the #PathOfDiscovery.

ACTIVE AT HOME

Throughout lockdown, many people discovered the many benefits of physical activity by staying active at home.

If this is you, or you want to start getting active at home, there is a wealth of free online content to help get you active. Even small amounts of activity will have a positive impact on your mental and physical health. You can read more about it here.