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Woodland walk with a purpose built dog activity trail.
Look out for obstacles such as hurdles, woody weaves and the log walk and let your dog cool off with a well earned swim!
Activity trail is 1.5 miles long, but there are also two waymarked walks that take in a lot more land - you could easily spend hours here!
Dogs can be off lead the whole time as once you're away from the road and carpark, it's just miles of fields and woodland. However, there are gaps in the fence that runs alongside the road which you have to be aware of if you head to the left after walking down the path from the carpark and crossing the bridge.
There is a carpark, as it's situated between Longnewton and Yarm. Operates a 'stick & flick' policy on dog mess. Be aware that there can be livestock in neighbouring fields (although I've only ever heard and not seen them), and occasionally you may meet horse riders. It's a good place to meet other dog walkers, but there is equal opportunity to walk alone due to the variety of routes that can be taken. There are several ponds, although dogs must be kept out of some as they're nature ponds. There are two at the end of the activity trail that dogs can swim in to their hearts content - my Springer loves these the most!
Woods and water!!
Formerly a colliery site. Has 2 car parks and picnic site. Various bridle paths through woodland, fields, and tracks. Dogs can be off leads, but as its a nature reserve be aware that there are birds on the water.
Quite a flatish walk, and lovely surroundings despite being close to the airport.
Our dog loves it here as do we. Generally comes back to the car with the look of muddy wellies!! Time varies depending on how far you wish to walk for and which pathway you follow.
See the stunning views over Northumberland in this walk.
Keep Bolam Lake on your right hand side and follow the road round the corner and take a sharp left. Go past a few terraced houses and you will also pass some large trees then over a cattle grid. The farmer lets you park in this field on the right hand side. Follow the road through the field and accross the next cattle grid, and through a working farm, with all the fresh country air smells!! Continue on this path and head up the incline past an old walled orchard. Terrain ranges from road, track, and moorland fields.
It is a circular route, but as there are grazing animals, dogs need to be on their leads. However, Bolam Lake is within walking distance for an off lead run through the woodlands.
Amazing Craggs and a special place as my boyfriend wanted to propose to me here. However he decided to ask at High Force Waterfall instead.........
Plessey Woods Country Park is set in 100acres of woodland, meadows and riverside. Plenty of parking and good public transport links.Plessey Woods Country Park is on bus routes from nearby towns including Blyth, Cramlington, Bedlington, Morpeth, Ashington and Newcastle. Bus stops are at Hartford Bridge, Hartford Hall,and Hartford Bridge Village.
There is a vistor centre, with toilets and a cafe (which does a lovely cup of tea!) and although there is a small charge for parking, it is definitely worth it.
Stunning woodland with a wonderful river which is perfect for swimming for people and dogs alike.
I can easily walk in these woods for hours, no matter the weather. There are handy poo-bag dispensers and water bowls at the main entrance, and many picnic and barbecue areas throughout the park. Merlin and Pixie love the woods, even if their short corgi legs get tired on some of the steeper stepped areas, and they are very relectant to go through the streams rather than over the bridges! But there is a wide path that leads down to and along the riverside, which should make that area accessible for visitors with diabilities.
The history of the place is fascinating too. The whole area has such a fantastic atmosphere. And the wildlife! You might see a kingfisher or an otter!
The stream as you leave/enter the woods is great for cleaning muddy paws on the way back.
Remember, there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices!
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