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Explore South Burdon Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

Young broadleaf trees planted at Thames ChaseSouth Burdon is newly planted Community Woodland on the outskirts of Darlington, forming part of the Tees Valley Green Infrastructure. Planted between 2003 and 2008, it is now a predominately native broadleaved woodland on ex arable land with large areas of managed grassland habitat and open water features.


Industrial heritage features include the Old George Stephenson Darlington to Stockton Locomotion Railway bed which runs through the site.

There are many informal paths within the woodland and access can be gained by walking along the disused railway line.

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What do other visitors say?

Our walk started off at the roundabout on the A66. We had to pass through the gateway that had dog poo bags hanging from the post and scattered on the ground. All I can say is disgusting. I have been a dog owner in the past and know about cleaning up after your pet so I find it hard to understand why these unresponsible dog owners think it's okay to leave this mess. It did spoil what was a nice stroll around the area. I was thinking of bringing my grandchildren here to explore but won't after seeing this.

Joolz Cavell, 17/May/2016

I apologies for your dissatisfaction at visiting this site. Our policy is to encourage dog owners to be responsible and dispose of their dog waste in the appropriate manner.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

I love walking dogs over there but pathways getting churned up by people on horseback is this allowed.

Anonymous, 22/Mar/2016

Horses are allowed in certain areas. Please contact us for further information on 0300 067 4300.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

We enjoyed a very pleasant walk around the woodland yesterday in the sunshine. There were a lot of dog poo bags pinned to the fence at the entrance off the roundabout at the A66 junction, east of Darlington. A lot of cars park here for access to the wood (the unused exit off the new roundabout). Would a bin be appropriate at this location to put the poo in?

Also I have just emailed cath Brason at the forestry commission with the following request

Good morning.

I have been involved in geocaching for the past 5 years and have walked many footpath in the countryside where geocaches have been placed both on Forestry Commission land and National Trust properties ( Caches are now place by the National Trust themselves to encourage visitors).

South Burdon Community wood, situated between Sadberge and Darlington and yesterday we had a pleasant walk around there with the intention of placing a short geocaching circuit.

The area is quite open and we walked around the perimeter, criss crossing a public footpath which runs through the middle, and found locations for 8 caches on Forestry commission land, which will all be placed either at the base of a mature tree, or on the top of or base of a fence post.

I need to ask permission from yourselves prior to submitting any details to the volunteer publisher.

Are you able to give permission to place these caches please?

Thanks in advance

Ian Sharp

Are you able to give permission?


Ian Sharp, 2/Nov/2015

Thanks for the comments Ian. We do not provide dog bins in any of our woodlands in the Yorkshire Forest District due to funding and resource issues. We will review the signage advising people to bag and take home waste. For geocaching please contact our district office on 0300 067 4300. Many thanks!

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Last updated: 29th November 2016

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