Croxdale Hall

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This walk starts on an old drovers' route, passing the site of a former racecourse. It continues through beautiful woods, taking you past a Grade I Norman chapel and Croxdale Hall. At times there are lovely river views and opportunities to see a variety of wildlife.

It is mainly flat, with some ascents and descents through the woods. There is a friendly public house in a beautiful tree-lined village near the end of the walk.

Links to Shincliffe Wood ID 3284.

England - North England - Durham - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Pub, Public Transport, River, Stately Home, Wildlife, Woodland
7/22/2019 - Steve Wallace

We thoroughly enjoyed this quite easy, and easy-to-follow, walk, along with our Black Lab, Max. We did detour from the route at point 7: instead of turning to High Croxdale we kept going south to Hetts Mill, then following the footpath through Tursdale Wood and rejoining the original route before Croxdale Hall. While this adds a couple of stiles to the walk, it also adds variety with a very pleasant wooded footpath along a beck, with only a short climb back up. It also avoids, I suspect, the cattle mentioned by Brian Gibbons. Our total distance was 7.8 miles, so only a mile or so extra. Apart from a few sheep at the start of the walk, and coming to Shincliffe at the end, Max was able to be off-lead the whole time and enjoyed several swims. One would never think one was so close to Durham, it's so rural.

8/9/2012 - Brian Gibbons

A very enjoyable walk that was somewhat spoiled for us by several herds of stampeding bullocks in the fields approaching Croxdale Hall. I'm not normally bothered by cows much but when the farmer mentioned that they had charged his Land Rover just that morning I decided discretion would be the better part of valor that day. Farmer was very helpful and sent us on a detour which unfortunately was guarded by more skittish bullocks which eventually saw us escaping over a barbed wire fence. The detour cost us an extra hour in difficult terrain. My advice would be to take the farmers offer of a lift! Dooh. Date was August 7th.

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