Derwent Gorge and Muggleswick Woods Circular

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We leave Derwent Bridge car park at the foot of the Derwent Reservoir Dam and walk to Eddy's Bridge, where we cross over the county boundary into Durham, then across the meadows to Muggleswick with a gentle ascent to view the Derwent Valley below.

We then gently descend to the oakwoods, either by road or woodland and into Derwent Gorge, a haven for wildlife, flora and fauna. Squirrels and deer may pass before you as we stroll through the woodland.

From here we return through the meadows, with a 'paddle' through the Derwent and the option of a farmhouse tea before arriving at Derwent Bridge. In fact this paddle can be more of a 'wade' in wet weather; in winter you will almost certainly get cold wet feet.

Do not attempt this walk after or during heavy rainfall as the river can be swollen and impassable.

England - North England - Durham - Countryside


Birds, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
6/8/2012 - Craig Fitzakerly

Nice walk but some of the stiles are not there now from when this walk was written in 2006 (notes 4 & 5) We had to do a fair bit of fence hopping to get back on track. Notes 4, 5 and 14 could do with more detail / clarity.

3/24/2012 - Lesley Shotton

Did this walk today....a lovely walk very easy to follow and yes you still have to paddle in the river but it was worth it...definatly would do it again.

6/20/2006 - Walkingworld Administrator

This walk has been updated June 2006.

11/20/2005 - michael bunbury

You weren't kidding about paddling the Derwent. It was about 18 ins deep and got wet in cold November.

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