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Derwent Walk Country Park including Red Kite Watch and Derwenthaugh Park

About

Woodlands, riverside meadows and the Derwent Walk (a disused railway line). Served by Thornley Woodlands Visitor Centre and Swalwell Visitor Centre.

By 2009, 94 red kites had been re-introduced into Gateshead's lower Derwent Valley. Friends of Red Kites have taken on the legacy left by the Northern Kites project and now work to promote and protect these magnificent birds, encouraging local communities to enjoy and appreciate one of the most spectacular elements of our wild heritage.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A694. Signed car parks directly from the road between Swalwell and Rowlands Gill.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is MetroCentre Station. Bus number 745 from bus station railway station.

What's Nearby

  1. Thornley Woodlands Centre

    Interpretative centre, serving the woodlands of the Derwent Walk Country Park.

    0.4 miles away
  2. The Branch

    The Branch is home to a selection of creative businesses offering handmade arts, crafts...

    0.97 miles away
  3. Gibside

    Escape to this tranquil 18th century landscaped garden created by one of the richest men...

    1.03 miles away
  1. Blaydon Burn Farm

    Small farm with field reared traditional breed cattle and sheep, fed on our own rich...

    1.4 miles away
  2. Whinfield Coke Ovens

    Whinfield Coke Ovens were built in 1861 and are a rare example of intact beehive coke...

    1.65 miles away
  3. Whickham Hermitage Community Garden

    Whickham Hermitage Community Garden is a walled garden on the outskirts of Gateshead,...

    2.02 miles away
  4. Shibdon Pond and Meadow

    Shibdon Pond is one of the few large open water bodies left in the southern part of Tyne...

    2.07 miles away
  5. Path Head Water Mill

    18thC restored working watermill with visitor centre, coffee shop, sun clock, flywheel...

    2.14 miles away
  6. Blaydon Leisure Centre

    Blaydon Leisure Centre is part of GO Gateshead, one of the region’s leading gym, swim and...

    2.17 miles away
  7. Blaydon Burn Nature Reserve

    Once the heart of the industrial revolution in Gateshead, Blaydon Burn is a wonderful...

    2.21 miles away
  8. Stargate Ponds and Bewes Hills

    Besides the A694 at Stargate roundabout, Stargate Ponds and Bewes Hills is an area of...

    2.28 miles away
  9. Chopwell Woodland Park

    Chopwell Wood really is a wood for everyone. This 360-hectare mixed woodland is a real...

    2.59 miles away
  10. Tanfield Railway

    Oldest existing railway in the world, opened 1725. Steam-hauled passenger trains, vintage...

    2.65 miles away
  11. intu Metrocentre

    Intu Metrocentre is the biggest and best shopping and leisure centre in the UK and Europe...

    2.91 miles away
  12. Namco Funscape

    Namco Funscape is the North Easts most unique venue. 38'000 sq ft of state-of-the-art...

    2.92 miles away
  13. Watergate Forest Park

    Reclaimed colliery site with large lake and multi user path. Newly planted woodland and...

    3.1 miles away
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Provider Features

  • In countryside

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted - No restrictions.
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Catering

  • Picnic Site

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Target Markets

  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

Derwent Walk Country Park (1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016)

* Open, daily, all year dawn till dusk.

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous Green Flag Award Winner 2007/8 2007

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