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Explore South Burdon Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Young broadleaf trees planted at Thames ChaseSouth Burdon is newly planted Community Woodland on the outskirts of Darlington, forming part of the Tees Valley Green Infrastructure. Planted between 2003 and 2008, it is now a predominately native broadleaved woodland on ex arable land with large areas of managed grassland habitat and open water features.


Industrial heritage features include the Old George Stephenson Darlington to Stockton Locomotion Railway bed which runs through the site.

There are many informal paths within the woodland and access can be gained by walking along the disused railway line.

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What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

A great space that I hope doesn't get turned back into arable land, nor developed into an urban area. Bit confused as to why people are cross about horses using the area, it's clearly a bridleway. Also, surely some funding can be found for a dog poo bin? A quick search online and I found one for as little as 60. I know the greater part of the cost is for someone to empty them, but if it could be placed near the entrance from the roundabout, the council could be petitioned to include it in their rounds? They must already empty the one at the entrance by the riding school? I see that as being highly preferable to the scruffs who can't clean up after their dogs or even pin their waste bags to the fence. I walk my dog there and have never felt the need to be so foul (intended)

Kind regards

Anonymous, 11/Feb/2017

Thank you for your comments regarding this site. We are always exploring ways to encourage responsible dog ownership and work with local councils where possible.

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3 Stars 3 Stars

We like to walk our dog from the entrance near Middleton riding stables but the vehicle gate has been left open and today 6 lads with a quad bike were tearing up and down the path not slowing down we got covered could u please say why this gate is left open when there is no motor bikes or quad bikes allowed.

Anonymous, 4/Feb/2017

We will investigate this matter and encourage people to report all illegal vehicle activity to the police on 101.

Forestry Commission Response

Are there any plans to provide a car park at this woodland? The parking currently used on the roundabout on the A66 is quite dangerous.

Anonymous, 21/Jan/2017

Thank you for your comment. This is something that continues to be looked into but as yet no plans are in place.

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Last updated: 29th November 2016

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