James Steel Park – Cox Green

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The James Steel Park stretches along the River Wear from the waterfowl park in the east, to Fatfield in the west, with contrasting areas of countryside linked by the river. It is named after the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear from 1974 to 1984, who was also Chairman of Washington Development Corporation from 1964 until 1977.

Visitors can walk through woods, open spaces, farmland or by the river. Many of the woods are owned by the Woodland Trust. Dozens of different birds can be seen, from thrushes, yellowhammers, sparrowhawks and especially when the river's tide is low, when there is a chance of seeing cormorant, heron and a number of types of ducks, waders and even kingfishers.

The walk starts from the large fishing pond and picnic area near Fatfield Bridge and goes downriver to Cox Green, before crossing the footbridge and returning up the other side of the River Wear, to cross the Fatfield Bridge and back to the start.

England - North England - Tyne and Wear - River Walk


Birds, Food Shop, Pub, River, Wildlife, Woodland

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