Hamsterley is pleasantly situated a low ridge between Teesdale and Weardale seven miles from Bishop Auckland. The village has a rural aspect and is close to the impressive Hamsterley Forest with its four mile forest drive, orienteering course and forest and riverside walks.


Follow the A688 from Barnard Castle to West Auckland. At West Auckland turn left on to the A68. Follow the road through High Etherley and Toft Hill and follow local signs to Hamsterley.

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Google Street View

Many of the roads around the village have now been photographed by Google. Just click on Google Street View and use the arrow/small square/ellipse to navigage through the village. Use the controls at the top left of the screen to rotate and change the size of the image. Click on the small square at the top right of the page to make the image full screen.

Detailed maps of Hamsterley, both modern and historical may be found on the Durham County Council GIS system. Just search for Hamsterley.

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