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Three Becks (Orange) Walk
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

4.50 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

View over the Bedburn valley. Hamsterley forest

This is the longest of the Bedburn walks and also the most rewarding. Initially following the same route as the Yellow Walk, the trail descends through mature forest into the valley near The Grove and picks up the line of an old drover’s road.

This road skirts along pasture land and passes the ruins of Metcalf’s House, once a coaching inn with stables.

Once back at the forest drive, watch out for the ‘Green Man’, a sculpture showing the faces of the three ages of this mythical forest dweller.

Autumn birchThe Three Becks Walk is particularly stunning in autumn when the golden hue of beech and yellow highlights of birch trees along the beck sides add a magical touch your woodland adventure. 

Download our free walking map for the Three Becks Walk

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Lovely walk with my gsd duke today, did the 4.5 mile walk. Well signposted and very enjoyable One star knocked off for parking fees, there should be an hourly rate as paying 6 for a 2 hour stay is too expensive.

Steve Harrison , 9/Mar/2018
4 Stars 4 Stars

Did this walk today. Loved it apart from that steep hill. Thought my heart was going to come out of my chest so unfit haha but I will be back regular. Loved the humour of the writing on the hill. I certainly agreed with the text lol.

Dawn yews , 6/Aug/2017
3 Stars 3 Stars

i have to agree with others. This route is poorly marked. We missed the start of the walk off to the left opposite the visitor centre and ended up doing the walk back to front as none of the maps said where to start. For the first half of the walk we saw two orange arrows if we were lucky and ended up going off in the wrong direction. Once we got to the second half other walkers put us on the right track. It wouldn't take much to dab some orange paint on a few trees to aid with direction. Oh and we never saw The Green Man yet!

Malcolm, 10/Feb/2016
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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • Trail (moderate)
  • The longest of the walks from the visitor centre. This trail is 4.5 miles (8 km) long and follows a variety of surfaces, including surfaced and unsurfaced trail, and forest road. There are a number of moderate climbs and descents along the length of the trail. Two sets of steps are encountered, one without a handrail, and a narrow footbridge.
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OS Grid ref: NZ092312
Postcode: DL13 3NL

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