The walk begins by the banks of the River Wear, close to the marketplace in Bishop Auckland, then takes you along the banks of the river towards the small village of Escomb.
Close to the beginning of the walk you will pass under a giant Victorian viaduct which was originally built to carry a railway line.
After passing behind the rugby club, the path turns up the hill to Broken Bank, where it winds through the thorny bushes. This section of the walk can be quite muddy and slippy. Back down at the river's edge the path leads onto the village of Escomb, where there is a small Saxon church. It is worth taking the time to visit the church before continuing. The return route takes you further up the hill towards Etherley Dene, before descending back to Broken Bank, where the walk follows a similar route to earlier, back to the car park.