Slaley - Dipton Wood - The Dukesfields (Hall, Middle and East)

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This is a gem of a walk in the rolling countryside between Hexham and Derwent Reservoir in the southern reaches of Northumberland. The route covers a wide variety of terrain including fields, woods, lanes and rugged wooded gorges.

The walk starts from the medieval Slaley village and strikes north down through open fields with good views of the surrounding countryside. The route then passes through the eastern corner of the lovely old Dipton Wood followed by a stroll along the almost traffic free minor road bordering the north eastern edge of the wood. The next section of the route travels through the middle of the glorious wood from the north through to the south east. An interesting section follows where the walk enters the wooded gorge of the meandering river called the Devil’s Water. Just before leaving the gorge the route passes the Dukesfield Arches, the remnants of a chimney flue that were part of a former 17th century lead smelting mill. A long pull out of the valley leads the walker along a series of lanes and through fields past a trio of farmsteads called the Dukesfields to return to Slaley village.

England - North England - Durham - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, River, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland

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