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25 March 2012 : a wildlife watching Sunday afternoon on the Derwent Walk

posted 9 Mar 2012, 13:35 by jenny rookes
A gentle stroll of about 5/6 miles based on the Derwent Walk to view the nesting Red Kites, and the river meadows below the National Trust property of Gibside, where we will stop for a cup of tea before returning via the Thornley Woodland Centre to see the wood sculptures then down a back path to the Derwent Walk.

Meet at the  free car park at Winlaton Mill at 12.45 for a 1 p.m. departure. To get there from the A1 , take the junction to the A694, signposted to Rowlands Gill and Consett. Travel approximately 1.9 miles to the car park which is a sign posted left turn  off the A694 opposite a yellow garage.

Gibside is a National Trust property, but entrance to the cafe is free. It's well worth a visit for any one wishing to extend the walk, who is a member of the Trust or willing to pay the £5.00 entrance fee and they are having an event on Sunday afternoon - details below for any one who would be interested in joining
  • Ramble with a Ranger: wildlife track & signs

    A fox's footprint in the snow © NT Gibside

    Sunday 25 March, 2.30pm

    Wander with our wildlife expert for tips on tracking down Gibside's more elusive wildlife - from spotting droppings and paw prints to discovering some favourite feeding spots. Normal admissions apply.

    As usual, anyone who would like a lift can get in touch with me via the Googlegroup .

    Hope to see lots of you there.

    Next walk is Ninebanks to Nenthead on Sunday April 29th.