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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

1.5 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Blackling Hole waterfall in Hamsterley forest. North East England







This walk starts in Blackling Hole car park, situated at the western end of the forest drive. A short but diverse walk with steep climbs and descents. The first section climbs steeply up the side of the gill before joining the forest road, which is eventually left behind to drop down to cross the forest drive and the Spurlswood beck. Now the route follows another forest track before it gives access to Greenless Hole, a hidden little cascade, and then returning to the forest drive and the start. Wild life to be seen along this walk include wood ant nests, leaping salmon and roe deer.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Superb walk highly recommend

Anonymous, 27/Sep/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

great walk gets you right into the heart of the forest , wouldnt like to do it when its wet tho.

alex harbottle, 10/Apr/2015

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Parking
  • To access the start of this trail, park at Blackling Hole car park
  • Trail (moderate)
  • A short walk from Blacking Hole car park with quite steep, rocky climbs and descents. The first climb from the bottom of the valley is particularly steep on unsurfaced tracks as is the return back to Blackling Hole. Two short sections of steps (one with handrail) are present.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NZ092312
Postcode: DL13 3NL

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Hamsterley Forest

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