approximately 3.5 miles
Stocksfield Station to Riding Mill Station via Broomley Woods
From the Station cross the road to the kissing gate west of the
Follow the grassy path bearing right. (It's well worth climbing
the Round Hill on the left, to admire the view and see the dog memorial.)
west and towards the railway track, passing through a group of mature oak
trees to reach and cross the Hindley Road. The steep sided hillocks are typical
sand and gravel deposits formed by the last Tyne glacier.
Beyond the car
park follow the right hand path close to the railway, passing by huge beech
and oak trees. Take the first waymarked path on the left through the grass
glade to the top the hill. Disregarding the two stiles over the left hand
fence, go straight ahead and soon enter a young mixed wood. Before entering
the wood, it is well worth looking back at the view of the Tyne Valley eastwards.
In the wood, look out for wood ant heaps and green woodpeckers.
leads over wooden duckboards by a pond to a clearing with a waymarker. (Walk
4 turns left at this point.)
Keep right, and soon there is a wide ravine
and small stream (the Smithy Burn) on the right.
At the end of the wood,
cross the stile and stream, walk up to the waymark post and bear slightly
to the left. Cross diagonally across the field – there is another waymark
post about a quarter of the distance – towards the opposite corner.
Head for the farm gate – to the left there is a stile. Cross the stile
(Walk 3 turns left at this point) and turn right along the byway, going straight
ahead at the crossroads, signposted towards Riding Mill, through stone built
After leaving the village behind, proceed to the point where the road
bends gently to the left and look for a stile over the stone wall to the
Cross the stile and follow the hedge line to the end of the field, disregarding
the small stile over the hedge about half way along. At the field end, cross
the stile, the gravel track, and another stile. Note the large glacial boulder
beside the stile.
Follow the hedge line, making a minor detour to cross the
stile to the left of the farm gate over the stone wall. At the corner of
the field turn left, and walk along the edge of the wood until a stile to
the right. Cross the stile (which has a small gate to allow dogs through).
The stone clad structure houses apparatus for the Tyne to Tees water pipe
line. Walk along the edge of the coniferous wood until a footpath sign is
Turn left onto a track through the wood, and turn right at the waymark
post. Follow the path downhill to a stile at the end of the wood, and a short
distance on to a stile at the edge of the field. With extreme care, cross
the busy A68 main road, and enter a small field. At the far side, turn left
through a small field to Riding Mill.
Turn right onto the road, and then
left at its junction with the A695. The station is on the right after the
Wellington pub. Both Newcastle bound trains and 602 buses stop at Stocksfield
The first part of the walk lies within the Community Woodland recently
by Allendale Estates. As well as the usual conifers, there are broadleaved
trees and grassy glades. The latter provide grazing for deer and hunting
areas for owls. The woodland has been a great success, and is much used and
appreciated by local residents.
As well as the rights of way marked with yellow waymarks, there are permissive
paths where the waymarks are green. The path over the Mound is one such.
There is a map showing the paths close to the car park.