Grade of Trail:
Length of trail:2.5 circular miles
Trail is currently open
This walk starts from the notice board in the main car park and follows the Riverside footpath and the Bedburn Beck for a short distance, before crossing the beck and climbing a steep bank. The route continues for nearly a mile before descending and returning through beautiful mixed woodland and rejoining the Bedburn, which is crossed at Low Redford. From here you return to the start through an oak wood which was planted in 1937 to commemorate the coronation of George VI, and thinned in 2006 to allow the trees space to grow to their full size. The Durham Bat Group has placed many bat boxes in this wood as it is rich in the insects they eat but short on nesting sites.
What do other visitors say?
3 StarsLaura, 19/Feb/2017
A nice walk but one of the arrow signs is missing on the tarred road section. We ended up walking an extra mile or so which was unexpected. We were also quite put off by the number of cyclists sharing the same paths that we were walking. They presume the right of way which doesn't seem fair and many of them were cycling very fast. Can some of the paths be designated for walkers only?
Are there any of the walks that would be suitable for a child in a buggy? Thanks.
Forestry Commission Response
The Riverside Trail is suitable for use by buggies (1.5 miles long with only a couple of moderate inclines)
5 StarsDeb MacDonald, 24/Jan/2016
This was a lovely walk for us and our two dogs we will definitely be coming back to walk some more. This was well signposted thank you :)