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March 25th : Derwent Walk and Red Kites - afternoon walk

posted 16 Mar 2012, 03:39 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 or a late picnic lunch before returning via the Thornley Woodland Centre to see the wood sculptures then down a back path to the Derwent Walk. Eric, from the Newcastle Group who is a volunteer with the Red Kite group has kindly agreed to lead the walk and share his knowledge of the birds and the area. He suggests that bringing binoculars, if you have them, would ad to your appreciation of the birds.
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.