Riverside Path Re-opening, July 2017

Popular Durham Paths re-open after 4 year closure due to Pelaw Wood Landslip

We are thrilled to see the reopening by Durham County Council of the two paths that were affected by the 2013 landslip in Pelaw Wood. Extensive work has been required to reinstate these popular paths, one of which also forms part of the National Cycle Network and the Weardale Way.

During the closure a diversion was in place through the upper part of the wood, but this involved negotiating some very steep steps, which was a challenge even for the most fit and able. Having the relatively level riverside path restored will make for much easier access between the City centre and Old Durham. It will also reduce the pressure on the upper paths in the wood, which despite our best efforts can become eroded and muddy at times. And the middle path provides a great way to enjoy the beauty of the wood along with views of the river and city beyond.

The Friends of Pelaw Wood are a group of local volunteers who aim to encourage use and enjoyment of this beautiful woodland. We meet on the first Sunday each month at 10am to undertake practical tasks in the wood. Membership is free and we invite anyone who cares about the wood to join – you can find out more about us and how to join on our website www.pelaw-wood.org.uk, our Facebook page and @PelawWood on Twitter.

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