Slaley - The Dukesfields - Slaley Forest - Colpitts Grange - Slaley

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Slaley is a long, single-street village sat on a flat ridge with a pleasant outlook looking across Slaley Forest to the south-east and to Dipton Wood and the Tyne Valley to the north. The walk starts in the centre of the village and heads west along lanes and through fields to intersect and pass through a trio of farming hamlets collectively called the Dukesfields. Further lane- and field-walking follows to intersect and enter the large Slaley Forest at the extreme western end.

The walk starts to rise at first along the edge of the forest on surfaced roads, then through the forest on dirt tracks to the highest point of the walk, where due to extensive felling, great panoramic views looking back to the west are revealed. From here the remainder of the walk is almost entirely downhill, starting with the pleasant tracks through the central and eastern parts of the densely wooded forest.

After the route emerges from the forest a little road-walking leads down through two adjacent but compact hamlets before the walk passes through a corner of Slaley Hall Championship Golf Course. Field- and lane-walking then returns the walker back to the start at Slaley Village.

England - North England - Northumberland - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Pub, Wildlife, Woodland
23/11/2015 - ruth day

We did this walk yesterday, route directions good apart from point 13 last sentence would be clearer 'as carry straight on forest track until you reach a road' point 14. Also walkers should be aware than from November to start of March you might meet (as we did) 4wd louts who do not slow down for walkers. Point 21 stiles broken also could not see sign for Combs Hill Farm but sign posts to Slaley are clear enough we took the second one as first looked like it headed into a bog.An enjoyable varied walk we started in rain and ended in sun.

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