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Sunday May 19th. Derwent Walk to Gibside . Meet 10.15 Swalwell Visitor Centre, Gateshead

posted 12 May 2013, 02:27 by jenny rookes
On Sunday May 19th, Eric will be hosting a trip along the Derwent Walk,to view the Red Kites who are nesting and raising their young in the woods that line the valley. These woods are worth a visit in themselves, with bluebells, wood anemones and celandine,  wild garlic and fantastic wildlife sculptures. Last year, when we did this walk ,we had some really close views of the birds as they flew in and out of the nest sites. 

The Red Kite Project supports these beautiful birds to re-establish themselves in the North East after an absence of over 170 years and Eric is a volunteer with the Project and knows a lot about them and the other birds and wildlife to be found in the ancient woods that line the valley.

The walk is based on the ex railway path but includes some woodland diversions and a little road walking through Rowlands Gill  as we make our way to Gibside ( National Trust property) for lunch at the cafe (or a picnic on the grass, if you've brought your own lunch).  Gibside, with its old buildings and wooded grounds is an interesting place to explore but there will be a fee for non National Trust members

The walk will then make its way back to the Swalwell Visitor Centre but if anyone would like to stay at Gibside, they can be picked up at the end of the walk. The round trip is about 6 miles and on good paths throughout.

Meet at 10.15 Swalwell Visitor Centre, Derwent Walk

Directions : Entrance to Swalwell Visitor Centre is off the B6317  beside Blaydon Rugby Club (just before the rugby ground and brown-signed, Derwent Walk.)

Start at Swalwell Visitor Centre and walk through cricket ground past the weir where there is a new 'fish ladder'. Hence onto Kite Hill to watch for kites. Walk to the Nine Arches Viaduct and onto the meadow where more kites should be seen. Cont to Gibside for lunch stop at the cafe/tea room. Back through Paddock Hill Wood to see wood carvings and on to Swalwell Visitor Centre.

Contact : if you would like to know more about the walk; to offer or request a lift or to let me know you are coming please telephone or text to me, Jenny, on 0776 8604 561