Brafferton

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First mentioned in the Domesday Book, the tiny village of Brafferton lies in a small area of rolling countryside steeped in history. Known locally as Ketton Country, the walk is an easy ramble along old tracks, green lanes and ancient highways of outstanding beauty, calling upon such ancient arteries as Salters Lane, deriving its name from the salters of bygone times who utilised it to bring salt inland on ponies from the salt pans at South Shields and Greatham, for the preservation of meat over the winter months. Also Catkill Lane, where evidence to the antiquity of the area lies in one of the largest-ever discoveries of flint arrow-heads, beads and other Stone Age implements. Later the Romans made use of this prehistoric route on their way to Binchester.
Now these old lanes, once so busy, lie quiet and are a joy to stroll along.

England - North England - Durham - Countryside

Features

Great Views, River
02/04/2019 - Steve Wallace

A very pleasant and level walk. I would describe as 'easy' rather than 'moderate', due to its route via very well marked footpaths and bridleways. The route is dog-friendly with few stiles, easily negotiable for our Black Lab, though an eye should be kept out for sheep at some points. Since the area is crisscrossed with footpaths, making extensions and variations very simple, we did take a couple of minor detours from the main bridleways while staying true to the spirit of the walk. A windfarm of six large turbines has been built recently at Moor House, point 7, but the route is unaffected. A great introduction to an area overlooked by many walkers.

13/06/2013 - andy booth

Did this walk on 11/06/13 whilst returning from Newcastle. After reading the reviews I don't think the views lived up to expectation. It's mainly farm tracks with hedges either side for the first half although it did pick up at Brampton. Still I believe to get the best views you need to climb. It is handy to get to though as it is just off the A1. Instructions were good as well.

30/05/2011 - mark pallister

We did this walk for the second time this year, first time in winter and now in the spring. It really is a little gem, varied and quiet, mostly flat with good directions. Give it a try, you won't be sorry!

20/03/2011 - Emma Connolly

Did this walk 19/03/2011 it was fabulous. We extended the walk and went into Great Stainton which made the walk 2 miles longer.

14/08/2006 - Anthony Hoy

Did this walk 7.8.06. Excelent walk on clear open paths with some lovely views. A little gem. Tony Hoy

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