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October’s walk of the month: Plessey Woods

The start of autumn can only mean one thing: it’s time to crunch through some leaves.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 04.10.2023

Distance: 1.7 miles (2.73km)

Elevation: 223ft

Time: 30 mins – 1 hour

 

GETTING THERE

The trailhead for the Plessey Woods Walk can be found at the Plessey Woods Country Car Park off the A192. 

HLN Hint: The first hour of parking at Plessey Woods is free but staying up to two hours after that will cost £1.60. Any time over that will be £3.

THE WALK

October. It’s officially the start of autumn.

Colours are shifting, days are shortening, and spooky season is nearly upon us. It’s a time in the year that’s made for stretching our legs in the cool, crisp air, feeling the crunching of leaves beneath our feet and a feeling of contentment steal over our hearts.

Which is why we’re recommending a good, old family classic for October’s walk of the month: Plessey Woods.

A relaxing jaunt through a charming forest setting, the Plessey Woods walk provides a fantastic, family-friendly adventure along the winding banks of the River Blythe that’s on the doorstep for many of us townies – allowing you to reconnect with the natural world without straying too far from the city.

Image credit: David Head

While the route sees its fair amount of foot traffic, the serene stretches of forest and riverside trails are still removed enough that you’ll feel as though you’ve escaped the everyday, even just for an hour.

And while it is a popular trail with families, Plessey Woods is just as enjoyable by yourself or with friends, getting you out and about in the fresh air while still being sure to make it back for your Sunday roast.

HLN HINT: Although the Plessey Woods walk is a short, easy-going adventure, the forested paths can often become quite wet and muddy, so be sure to wear waterproof walking shoes.

 

 

THE ROUTE

Setting out from the trailhead, pick up the trail in the southeast corner of the car park and follow it south, passing by the visitor centre, toilets, and children’s play area.

From here, keep straight along the trail and follow it into the woods, where you will quickly cross over Pegwhistle Burn.

Here, the trail will bend to the southeast and bring you to a fork, at which point take the path on the right. Keeping to the right, you will make your way south through the peaceful forested expanse of Half Farm Wood to eventually pass by The Paddock and The Meadow greenspaces.

Continuing along the trail as it runs parallel to the River Blythe, loop around to the northeast and continue through the tranquil forest, traversing Valley Wood before arriving at the point where Pegwhistle Burn joins the River Blythe.

After crossing over the stream, keep left along the trail through Quarry Wood, once again crossing over Pegwhistle Burn to meet back up with your original path.

At this point, you can either take to your own and explore the forest at your own pace or follow your initial trail back past the visitor centre and towards the car park, having completed your adventure along the Plessey Woods Walk.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the Plessey Woods walk or for more walking inspo across Northumberland, visit the 10 Adventures website

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