Witton Gilbert - Langley Park - Sacriston Wood - Back

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Witton Gilbert, pronounced 'Jilbert', is of Saxon origin and is one of the oldest villages in the area, dating from around the 6th Century. There is also evidence of an even earlier settlement on this spot with the recent discovery of Bronze Age burial chambers. The village, nestling in the valley of the River Browney, is located midway between Durham City and Lanchester.

This undulating walk starts from the main street in Witton Gilbert and descends through fields before crossing the River Browney to intersect the Lanchester Valley Railway Path. The picturesque path then heads west to arrive on the outskirts of the old mining village of Langley Park, where the route changes direction to recross the river and head north, mainly on fenced lanes up and over the high ridge of Broom Hill. The walk then heads steeply downhill into the valley of the Whiteside Burn where it again changes direction, heading east this time through the coniferous wood called Charlaw Plantation before traversing the long and narrow ridge adjoining West Edmondsley and Sacriston deciduous woods. While in Sacriston Wood the route takes a final direction change to head south through a series of smaller woods and open fields to return to Witton Gilbert.

England - North England - Durham - Countryside


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