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Spurlswood Valley Walk
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:

red

Length of trail:

4.5 miles

Trail is currently open

 

Trail description

Blackling Hole waterfall in Hamsterley forest. North East EnglandThe trail starts from the Grove Car Park, approximately 1.5 miles beyond the Visitor Centre on the Forest Drive. This enjoyable walk has several features of interest, offering scenic views of forest valleys. From the car park this walk follows a forest road for a short distance. Care should be taken here as this road is a main route for timber wagons. It then branches left onto a quieter road. Along this section you will see many large wood ant nests. On leaving here the path winds to the head of Whiskey Gill before skirting an abandoned half cut mill stone. Now the path descends to Blackling Hole, a waterfall beneath the access bridge to a forest car park. The route returns to the Grove on another elevated track above the beck and the forest drive, on the opposite side of the valley.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

My first visit to Hamsterley specifically to take some special effect photographs of the waterfall. Sadly I couldn't see it labeled at all on the various maps, despite going to all three major car park areas. A warden could only vaguely tell me and in the end I ran out of time.

However, didn't spoil a good morning, lovely place to wander around, be even better if the main features were more clearly signposted :)

Steve, 3/Apr/2015

Sorry we weren't able to point you in the right direction for the waterfall, which I suspect will be the one at Blackling Hole. It is situated right at the end of the Forest Drive next to Blackling Hole car park. I hope you have better luck finding it on your next visit.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

A great track which we really enjoyed, however it was spoilt by the slippy sections caused by bike tracks which had hacked up the track and collected water. I appreciate that bikes are an important part of the forests attraction but when they spoil the walking parts it seems a shame. Having said that I would do the trail again but wait for drier weather.

Lynne, 4/Feb/2014

Please note that the section on the south side of the valley is shared with mountain bikes (bikes westbound, walkers eastbound)

Forestry Commission Response

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Parking
  • To access the start of the trail, park in Grove Car Park.
  • Trail (moderate)
  • This trail follows mainly forest road, but with some sections on unsurfaced forest track. Some of these unsurfaced areas are especially prone to water and mud accumulation during wetter winter months. The terrain overall provides moderate climbs and descents, with two short sets of steps either side of the Grove Car Park.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: NZ066298
Postcode: DL13 3NL

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Contact

Hamsterley Forest

01388 488312
enquiries.hamsterley@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk
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