Grade of Trail:
Length of trail:4.5 miles
Trail is currently open
The 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 StarsSteve, 3/Apr/2015
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 :)
Forestry Commission Response
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.