Seasonal Footpaths

Approximately 11 km of permissive seasonal walks have been created across the Estate, for residents and visitors alike, to enjoy the nature, landscape and heritage of Lambton Park. 

The new routes offer spectacular views along the River Wear Gorge to the Castle, taking in the old racecourse, woodland and open parkland.



1st JULY to 30th SEPTEMBER
9am until 6pm (last entry 5pm)

Access gates and car parks closed at 6pm




Please note the Castle is not currently open to the public

Lambton Park is a private working estate with livestock, forestry operations and numerous commercial and residential properties. Many of our residents enjoy the peace and tranquillity Lambton Park provides and we would ask that you respect their homes and their privacy at all times.

The routes are permissive only, which does mean that if for example there is an event taking place, or if the restrictions around Covid-19 are tightened again, the Estate has the right to close the routes at any point.  Any footpath closures will be notified on the Lambton Park Facebook page /lambtonparkuk

To make your visit safe and enjoyable we would ask that you respect the following guidelines:

Keep strictly to the waymarked routes
Pedestrian Access Only – NO CYCLING or HORSES
Keep dogs on a lead at all times
Be aware of Estate vehicles and step off the road to let them pass
Keep children in sight at all times
Take all your litter home with you
Respect the privacy of the residents and their properties, that you will pass along the routes
Be respectful of other users of the Estate
Please clean up after your dog and use the bins provided
Do not descend the riverbank
Picnics, camping and fires are prohibited
Please note the routes are not suitable for pushchairs, prams or wheelchairs
Please be COVID-19 aware and keep your distance from others at all times



Please note there is no charge to use the current parking facilities. There will however, be a charge to use a new car park facility and picnic area due to open in 2021.

How to find us


Please follow route to DH3 4AN and from the new roundabout opposite the Miller Homes development just off the A183 (north west of the Gulf Filling Station) follow signage to access car park.

Lambton Estates assumes no responsibility for theft of or damage to any vehicles or contents.


The pedestrian access via the A183 at High Drive (opposite Lumley Lodge) is currently closed for Health & Safety reasons, however the routes can still be accessed on foot from Bowes Offices (DH3 4AN) and via the Washington Highway slip road link.

If, while you are out walking, you spot something which you feel the Estate needs to be notified of (for example if a tree has blown across the route or the cows are out…!) then please email the Estate Office at or call 0191 385 2435.

Educational Visits

Lambton Park has played host to a wide variety of educational visits over the years, with visitors enjoying both cultural and historical insights into what goes on behind the scenes of this ever-evolving estate.

Visits have included individuals and groups interested in:

  • • Careers in the rural community
  • • History of the estate (For historical societies as the estate is a prime example of a property maintained by the same family over several generations)
  • • Wildlife and game conservancy
  • • Historic house preservation (For organisations interested in acquiring the knowledge as to how listed buildings can survive and adapt in the modern world)
  • • Decorative arts (For educational groups specialising in the decorative arts)
  • • Schools (Children meet the estate staff and are shown a working farm, woodlands, a castle, a manor house, animals and all the aspects that contribute to making the estate what it is)

To discuss a possible educational visit please contact:
Bob Duff
0191 385 2435