Discovering the area with the Bright Water Wanders

The Bright Water landscape project has organised a series of walks, including several in Darlington. The project covers 200km2 within the lowland area of County Durham and Darlington, the surrounds of the River Skerne. The Bright Water area runs from Hurworth Burn reservoir in East Durham to the point where the river enters South Park in Darlington. The project will develop initiatives to restore or record fascinating heritage sites such as the area’s deserted medieval villages and important industrial and agricultural sites. It will also restore a number of grassland, woodland and wetland habitats as well as educating the public, in schemes that bring together everyone from ecologists and historians to artists.
Bookings for the walks can be made at and also via

Monday 24th April @ 2pm, Saturday 1st July @ 11am Historic Darlington
3 miles
Come and discover historic Darlington. On this walk you will see some of the highlights of Darlington’s industrial heritage including North Road Station, the Skerne Railway bridge and Edward Pease’s house. Meeting point is the Head of Steam Railway Museum.

Thursday 27th April @10:30am Rockwell Park and the Skerne in Darlington
2 miles
On this relaxing circular walk we will take in the banks of the River Skerne and Rockwell Park Nature Reserve. The meeting point will be the Skerne Railway Bridge.

Thursday 1st June @ 1pm/Tuesday 27th June @ 10:30am, Barmpton and Ketton
3.5 miles
Come with them to explore Ketton Ox country. We will walk a circular route from Barmpton, which takes in Ketton Packhorse bridge.
The meeting point is Barmpton village.