Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

You'll Be Keen on This Dene

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

You'll Be Keen on This Dene

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Byline: By Bill Hodgson & Eddie Allen

This week Bill Hodgson & Eddie Allen take a walk around Chester-le-Street and Castle Dene. The walk is 7.6km and should take about two and three quarter hours to complete

You start this walk on the east side of Lumley New Bridge, which spans the river close to Lumley Castle.

If you stand on the far side of the bridge facing the castle you will see a public footpath notice over to the right.

Go down the steps and simply follow the path.

Soon the path starts to rise, reaches a stile and then passes between two barred gates, which close off a private road down to your right. Cross the road between the gates to the second stile.

Over this and the path climbs up to the right and into a wooded section then you come out on to a open field.

From the edge of the field, follow the path round to the right until you reach the corner where the woods and fields meet. Then, veering around to the left, and keeping the hedge to your right, walk up the field in the direction of the group of buildings at the top, Lumley Riding Farm.

In the top corner of the field, you will find a stile to climb before turning right and after a few more yards, yet another one with a steel gate at right angles to it.

Over this and you are on the path to Great Lumley.

The view from this spot is really lovely (1). On a clear day you can see right across the rural countryside of Durham on your left and over to Newcastle in the far distance.

The path takes you up the hillside towards Great Lumley itself. As you top the crest of the hill, Great Lumley lies to the left, while to the right, down the valley, you can see the big loop in the River Wear.

Walk diagonally towards the left and the public footpath signpost, behind what was once a school house, now a private dwelling.

The path actually runs behind the buildings, but to the right there is a small patch of grassed-over land. Walking over this and down on to the road at the front of school house allows you to take a rest on the seat opposite (2).

Setting off again, you head in the direction of Great Lumley, passing farms on your right which give a nice rural touch to this pleasant corner of the village.

As you come level with the bungalow, turn left and walk down Back Lane in the direction of Lumley Castle, passing the allotments on your left.

The broad Tarmac pavement takes you down the hill in an easy descent, passing the more modern housing of Lumley over to the right, while to your left is Riding Hill Cottage. This roadway goes to Lumley Rising Farm. Just a few yards beyond this, on the right-hand side of the road, you will see a footpath going off across between two fields (3).

Once safely across the road, simply follow the path, ignoring the one off to the right, which enters a wooded stretch. …

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