Amble down to Lazenby Bank, an impressive and beautiful view that dominates Middlesbrough southern skyline. The bank stretches from Wilton Castle to the bunched radio masts at Eston Nab. The reserve is 200 acres in total.
Woodland at Lazenby Bank
The woodland at Lazenby Bank is amazingly varied. From gorgeous ash and oak trees to beech and chestnut plantations. During Spring, stunning bluebells and wood anemones dust the woodland floor. Not only this but fly agaric mushrooms also grow here. See if you can spot a fairy sitting on a toadstool!
The reserve’s woodland also contains Ancient Woodland. It is a valuable and irreplaceable habitat that is largely uninterrupted. Take in its enchanting charm and walk amongst its tremendous trees. The sections of Ancient Woodland has provided forest cover to wildlife for centuries and has prevailed against Teesside’s growing industry. Astonishing and complex plant systems have evolved in these patches, including fungi, trees, plants and more!
Paths and Things to find
Speckled throughout Lazenby Bank there are remains of the iron mining history. Some of these remains include:
- The old fan house, locally known as the “SS Castle”
- Cobbled tramways
- A bridge with a keystone dating back to 1871
Wander around its network of woodland tracks that circle the reserve and see if you can spy some flashbacks to times gone by!
How to get there
The woodland can be reached on foot from the lay-by on the westbound carriageway on the A174. This lay-by is adjacent to the Greystones roundabout. From here, head east on the surfaced path and then turn south onto Lazenby Bank Road.
The first plot that you’ll come to when entering the woodland is very special. It is dedicated to Dr Dave Counsell who has been a trustee of the reserve for 19 years. He was actively involved in the Trust’s formation in 1979 due to his role as an environmental manager at Cleveland County Council.
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