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Hamsterley Forest Walking Trails

Latest News (20/11/2017 10:37)

Trail diversions/closures (1) & (2)

(1) Due to essential maintenance, the Gruffalo Spotters Trail will be closed from Monday 21 to Friday 24 November. The trail will be open for the final time on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November. To celebrate the huge success of the trail, activity packs will be available for free over the weekend from the cafe and information point. 

(2) Harvesting operations will affect the stretch known as the “Silver Mile” which is used by the Spurlswood (red) walking trail, the Pennington (brown) horse trail and the blue cycle trail. There are diversion signs in place.

For everyone’s safety please follow the diversion signs around this area. Many thanks.

When you walk around Hamsterley Forest you are walking through a former agricultural and shooting estate owned by the Surtees family and centred on the Grove House.

Kicking up autumn leaves.The Forestry Commission purchased the land in 1927 and extended the planting so today the forest covers the steep valley sides of Bedburn, Euden and Spurlswood Becks and the high plateau of former moorland on the edge of the Pennines to the west.

In 1934, the Ministry of Labour set up a work camp for the unemployed in Hamsterley Forest, undertaking forestry work. During the Second World War Italian and German prisoners ‘enjoyed’ the tranquil forest surroundings when the forest played host to a PoW camp. The site of the camp is where the Bedburn Car Park is located today.

Three walks start from the notice board in the Bedburn car park opposite the cycle hire and two further walks start along the valley from Grove and Blackling Hole car parks. Map available here.

Bedburn Valley (Yellow) Walk
  • Moderate
Hamsterley Forest Bedburn Valley (Yellow) Walk
Riverside Trail (Bedburn)
  • Easy
Hamsterley Forest Riverside Trail (Bedburn)
Spurlswood Valley Walk
  • Moderate
Hamsterley Forest Spurlswood Valley Walk
Three Becks (Orange) Walk
  • Moderate
Hamsterley Forest Three Becks (Orange) Walk
Whisky Gill Walk
  • Moderate
Hamsterley Forest Whisky Gill Walk
Last updated: 28th August 2017

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