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Riverside Trail (Bedburn)
(Average user rating: 1 unrated 1/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

1.5 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Family skimming stones at Bedburn Beck, Hamsterley Forest

This walk starts from the main forest car park at the notice board and runs for 3/4 mile beside the Bedburn Beck to Low Redford. It has been especially designed as an easy going trail for wheelchairs and pushchairs with a level stone surface. Look out for a glimpse of a dipper or kingfisher. The meadows, which were once the forest's own nurseries, are now classified as Special Sites of Scientific Interest for their botanical value. From Low Redford you can return by retracing your steps, or you can continue on the trail across the Forest Drive and return through a tranquil oak wood. Please note, there is one short uphill section and one downhill section on full circular route.

What do other visitors say?

1 Star 1 Star

1.parking charges excessive 2.walks are more used by mountain bikers 3.last time we will visit.

Anonymous, 29/Jan/2018
1 Star 1 Star

Having visited Hamsterley forest today, 21 June 2015, I can honestly say that will be the first and last time I do. The fact that there are no dog litter bins at all seems to be a discouragement for dog walkers; myself bein one. Equally, the routes seem more suited to cyclists rather than walkers. We did the 9 mile blue route; good going but not a walkers route I feel.

Anonymous, 21/Jun/2015

Dog bins are located at the Gruffalo bridge below the visitor centre and at Pooh Stick bridge next to the play area.

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Trail (easy)
  • Arts
  • Green man and Gruffalo sculptures can be viewed from this route
  • Easy Access
  • This trail is fully accessible to wheelchair users for the first 3/4 mile of its length. The path surface is level and finished with a fine grade top layer. A number of benches and wheelchair accessible picnic tables are en-route. Currently, the return route for unassisted wheelchair users is to either retrace your steps back along the trail or follow the Forest Drive back from Low Redford car park to the visitor centre. There is the option to complete a circular 2.5-mile route, but this involves crossing the Forest Drive and negotiating a steep incline onto rougher surfaced forest tracks. This route is negotiable for a wheelchair user with assistance.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NZ092312
Postcode: DL13 3NL

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Hamsterley Forest

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