Derwent Walk Midweek Walk – Mar 2024


Date: Wednesday 20 March 2024
Start time: 10:30 am
Distance: up to 4 miles
Difficulty: Easy

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Derwent Walk Country Park

The Derwent Walk 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.

This midweek walk is a short walk of up to 4 miles.  It is a 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.

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.

Starting at the cafe, Land of Oak and Iron, we will pass some of the many focal points including the Butterfly Bridge, Clockburn Lake and Kite Hill.

If we are lucky, we will see some red kites, which were re-introduced into the Derwent Valley.

Interesting information

The Land of Oak and Iron

The Land of Oak and Iron Heritage Centre is a heritage centre for the region.  It also incorporates the Cafe.

The Land of Oak and Iron is an area surrounding the Derwent Valley.  The Oak refers to the natural woodland in the area and the Iron to it’s steel making past.

Derwent Walk Country Park

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.

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This shows the start location for this walk.

Nearest postcode: NE21 6RT
What 3 words:  ///makes.letter.gravy
OS Grid Reference: NZ 18627 60952
Parking: We will park in the car park at the Land of Oak and Iron cafe. This is situated on the A694, at Winlaton Mill. It is on the left, when approaching from Swalwell.
Toilets:  In the Heritage Centre