Castle Eden Dene

16 August 2011

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Castle Eden Dene is a special place. It is the largest area of natural woodland in north-east England. This deep valley is the largest and best preserved Magnesian Limestone gorge woodland in England and has been carved into the East Durham countryside. It is a survivor of a wild wood which once covered most of Britain.

The Dene has fascinated people for thousands of years, with legends of the Devil and giants having been used to try to explain its strange rock formations and mysterious atmosphere.

The landscape we see today is a reflection of events which took place millions of years ago, with tropical seas, baking heat, moving continents and thick sheets of ice.

You could join us on our weekly guided walk (Thursdays 10:30am – 12:30pm) and we will take you on a journey around the magical Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve.  You’ll walk through ancient woodland, across a dramatic limestone gorge and take in some of the stunning views, and with 10,000 years of wild growth, this is a place you’ll want to explore again and again.

If you are thinking of visiting Castle Eden Dene, please be aware that good footwear is essential for the steep and sometimes slippery paths. For more details find us at



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