Derwent Walk Country Park
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The Derwent Walk Country Park is one of our favourite areas for walking and has been for many years, as it is on our doorstep. It is situated on the outskirts of Gateshead but once you are there, it feels like somewhere far from towns and cities.
We start at the Thornley Woodlands Centre. This is a small visitors centre with a focus on the local natural history and a reputation for good basic food and drink.
The walk itself is a 6 mile flat walk taking in part of the 11 miles of the Derwent Walk (a disused railway). As it is a disused railway the gradient is small, making for very easy walking. Although some of the more interesting places, like Hollinside Manor, are off the main path.
The Derwent Walk Country Park includes woodlands, riverside meadows and the Derwent Walk itself. It is a beautiful and very varied area, with something for everyone.
This stretch of the Derwent Walk is popular with dog walkers and joggers. It is also part of the C2C cycling route, so we are likely to see a few cyclists.
If we are lucky, we will see some red kites, which were re-introduced into the Derwent Valley.
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