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Old Railway Footpath
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

1.5 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Autumn mixed woodland

This is a level, moderately easy walk along wide forest roads and tracks. The route incorporates part of the old railway line that used to carry coal from Chopwell and High Spen Collieries to Derwenthaugh Cokeworks. A restored example of the railway trucks can be found where the forest road joins the railway line. Good walking surfaces and only one short uphill climb make this the ideal first foray into the heart of the woodland.

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

First visit in August 2015. Would have given four stars but it was badly let down as no bins for bagged dog waste. Very inconvenient when walking four dogs. Couldn't even find a general rubbish bin in or near carpark at the end of our walk., 10/Sep/2015

Please note there are dog bins at first two bridges on the main Riverside Trail

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What's Here?

  • Trail (moderate)
  • This is a level, moderately easy walk along wide forest roads and stone surfaced tracks. There is one moderate descent (200m) and one short, sharp incline on the return to the car park. Seating is available at three places en-route.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NZ137586
Postcode: NE39 1LT

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Hamsterley Forest

01388 488312
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