Situated in the centre of the county, the Spennymoor Area Action Partnership stands above the Wear Valley and is approximately seven miles south of Durham City. The AAP stretches from Kirk Merrington in the south, to Sunderland Bridge in the north and is centred on Spennymoor.  The AAP is bordered by the other AAPs of Bishop Auckland and Shildon, 3 Towns Partnership, Durham, East Durham Rural, 4 Together Partnership and Mid Durham.

The Spennymoor AAP is predominantly ‘urban’ in nature with a population of nearly 23,000.  Covering an area of over 4,000 hectares (15.8 sq. miles), the AAP has a population density of 5.7 (people/hectare), which is over twice that of the county (2.3).

The town of Spennymoor itself was founded over 160 years ago. The Spennymoor area includes the villages of Kirk Merrington, Middlestone Moor, Byers Green, Tudhoe, Croxdale, Sunderland Bridge and Hett.