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

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

2.5 circular miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Family walking in Hamsterley Forest.

This walk starts from the notice board in the main car park and follows the Riverside footpath and the Bedburn Beck for a short distance, before crossing the beck and climbing a steep bank. The route continues for nearly a mile before descending and returning through beautiful mixed woodland and rejoining the Bedburn, which is crossed at Low Redford. From here you return to the start through an oak wood which was planted in 1937 to commemorate the coronation of George VI, and thinned in 2006 to allow the trees space to grow to their full size. The Durham Bat Group has placed many bat boxes in this wood as it is rich in the insects they eat but short on nesting sites.

What do other visitors say?

Do the walks and car parks close at night or are people welcome to walk any time?

Anonymous, 9/Jun/2017

The main car park at Bedburn is open 24 hours a day. You are welcome to walk in the forest at anytime

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

A nice walk but one of the arrow signs is missing on the tarred road section. We ended up walking an extra mile or so which was unexpected. We were also quite put off by the number of cyclists sharing the same paths that we were walking. They presume the right of way which doesn't seem fair and many of them were cycling very fast. Can some of the paths be designated for walkers only?

Laura, 19/Feb/2017

Are there any of the walks that would be suitable for a child in a buggy? Thanks.

Julia, 26/May/2016

The Riverside Trail is suitable for use by buggies (1.5 miles long with only a couple of moderate inclines)

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Arts
  • The Green Man sculpture can be viewed on this trail
  • Trail (moderate)
  • A 2.5-mile circular walk mostly on surfaced forest roads or paths. There are four sharp inclines, most notably on the descent to the bridge at Low Redford car park which includes a set of stone steps. This bridge has one step on either side and is narrow (wide enough for passage in one direction). The trail ends with a flight of steps (with handrail) behind the visitor centre.
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OS Grid ref: NZ091312
Postcode: DL13 3NL

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