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Explore South Burdon Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.7/5)

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?

Used to be a nice, dry place to walk the dog, now trenches dug all around perimeter full of stagnant , stinky water attract dogs and turn a dry walk into a nightly chore of dog washing so need to find an alternative unless theres any plans to fill in the trenches which in some cases are almost a danger to walkers.

Anonymous, 26/May/2018

The ditches were created to stop illegal 4x4 access at the request of local landowners. There are no plans to fill in the ditches as this stage as they are still required for the above reason. Thanks you for contacting us with your comment.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Love this place bit messy as you arrive to park but that's down to visitors not picking rubbish up and taking it home..they leave the poo bags to be collected ..honestly people just take it home let's look after this place it's such a treasure.

As it says community woodland it's up to us to care for it not just use it .

Hats off to a third involved in looking after it ..

Love it it's always different as the seasons change..i visit regularly and always enjoy and stay longer than I expect to.

Mags, 13/Sep/2017

Thank you for the comment and glad you enjoyed the woodland!

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Wondered for a long time what this area was like, yesterday, Sunday 30/4/17, I found out. It is a beautiful space, peaceful and quiet. There will always be irresponsible pet owners who never clean up after their animals yet given the spread of the place most do seem to have got the message regarding hygiene. Enough of that. Hats off to all who have been involved in the development of the woods, my wife and I enjoy our walking and will visit again.

Anonymous, 1/May/2017

Thanks for your comments, we are really pleased you enjoyed your visit!

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Last updated: 3rd July 2018

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