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Derwent Walk Country Park and Derwenthaugh Park are a wonderful opportunity to get outside and experience nature. Have a read below to find out more!

What can I do at Derwenthaugh Park?

  • Can see Red Kites, Deers, Kingfishers and Otters.
  • For wanderers, bird-watchers or dog walkers.
  • Perfect for a picnic in the summer – grassy areas just beyond the Land of Oak & Iron centre’s
  • Just beyond the butterfly bridge.
  • Derwentaugh Park is a favourite for dog walkers – nearby grass areas and meadows throughout provide plenty of space for your furry fellows to burn off some energy.
  • If your dog is an avid swimmer, why not let your dog perform their best Michael Phelps impression in the Derwent River, which runs through Derwentaugh Park.
  • Most walks are accessible, flat and paved. Unfortunately there are some areas that are difficult to access with a wheelchair and push chair, but everything is well signposted, with signs for wheelchair access routes.

Winlaton Car Park – Land of Oak & Iron 

  • Free Parking available at the front of the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre, as well as disabled parking – plenty of space
  • Access to maps of walk trails in Heritage Centre.
  • “Shrub Cafe” – wheelchair accessible and dog friendly, serves vegan, veggie and gluten free food; toilet facilities; indoor and outdoor seating; open 9-4pm.
  • Regular events ran by the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre incl.
  • Orange Waymarks: Clockburn Circular (Access for All) – The most accessible route. Easy. Paved. And well signposted. No steps and smooth surfaces. Suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
  • Green Waymarks – Derwent Valley Explorer  – A 6 mile circular walk.
    Explore the woodlands, meadows, lakes and riverside to enjoy the history and beauty of the Derwent Valley
    steep, several flights of steps – rough in places. Purple Waymarks – Hollinside Extension
    A 1/2 mile walking extension to Hollinside Manor from the Clockburn Circular.
    Suitable for walkers only steep gradients and several flights of step – rough in places.
  • Black Waymark – Kite Hill ViewpointA 1 mile walk to the Kite Hill Viewpoint. No steps – smooth surfaces.Red Kite Waymarks – The Red Kite Trail

    An 11 mile circular walk starting and finishing at Winlaton Mill car park taking in the wider countryside.
    The trail can be walked in either direction. A leaflet is available.

From Swallwell Visitor Centre

Free car parking at Swallwell Visitors Centre and Disabled Spaces.

Access to: 

Orange Waymarks: Clockburn Circular (Access for All) – The most accessible route. Easy. Paved. And well signposted. No steps and smooth surfaces. Suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Green Waymarks – Derwent Valley Explorer  – A 6 mile circular walk.
Explore the woodlands, meadows, lakes and riverside to enjoy the history and beauty of the Derwent Valley
steep, several flights of steps – rough in places.

Purple Waymarks – Hollinside Extension
A 1/2 mile walking extension to Hollinside Manor from the Clockburn Circular.
Suitable for walkers only steep gradients and several flights of step – rough in places.

Thornley Woodland Centre

  • Free but limited parking at Thornley Woodlands Centre – also has a visitor centre with cafe and toilet. Car park gets very busy on weekends. Cafe is reasonably priced and sells sarnies, sausage rolls and cake.
  • Wooden sculptures at Thornley Woods.
  • Option to sit outside of cafe.
  • Sculpture trail for little ones.
  • Plenty of different walks available – all well sign posted. Map on information board with different trails – trails with coloured arrows. Disabled access and trails shown on map on information board.
  • Wildlife information and children activity sheets available in the centre.
  • Centre open from 10am – 4pm

Derwent Walk Country Park and Derwenthaugh Park have different trails. Have a look below for the different walkways.

Yellow Waymarks (Sculpture Trail) – Most accessible from Thornley Visitor Centre – has no steps, slightly bumpy. Has family sculpture trail leaflet “Rowland’s Quest”. Can pick up free leaflet from visitors centre.

Red Waymarks (Riverside Route) – Several flights of steps, rough terrain and steep slopes. Views of Derwent Valley and Nine Arches Viaduct. River Derwent and Riverside Meadows with wildflowers. Woodlands.

Blue Waymarks (Thornley Wood Wander) – Woodland wander with Bird Hide (Key available to buy or borrow at Thornley Woodland Centre) and pond with wildlife. Steps, bumpy and rough in places.

You can start this route without steps by crossing the road, turning right, following the road and entering the wood through a gate beside the lay-by. Follow the path to the left until you pick up the trail at the bottom of the steps.

Accessibility

Pathways throughout Derwent Park provide wheelchair and push chair accessible routes.

Regular places to sit for those that get tired.

Free but limited parking at Thornley Woodlands Centre – also has a visitor centre with cafe and toilet. Car park gets very busy on weekends. Cafe is reasonably priced and sells sarnies, sausage rolls and cake.

For more information, check out Gateshead Council’s website 

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