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Three Becks (Orange) Walk
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.7/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

4.50 miles

Trail is currently open

The trail section between Grove Road and Forest Drive is currently closed due to storm damage. A diversion is in place.

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 into the valley near The Grove and picks up the line of an old drover’s road. This road 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.

What do other visitors say?

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
4 Stars 4 Stars

Did this walk yesterday and I can only think they have improved the signing as it was very clear and impossible to get lost if you are paying attention. Enjoyed the walk.

Nick, 20/Sep/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

Set off on the orange trail. Somehow managed to get on a bike trail. Walked about 3 miles more than we should have. These trails need to be more clearly signposted. Lots of signs are faded. Signs marked with a W (walking) or C (cycles) would be better.

Anonymous, 7/Jun/2015

Sorry to hear you got lost on the trail - we will check to make sure everything is in place. The walks have all had new waymarkers installed this year so disappinted to hear they failed to help on this occasion.

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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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