Walbottle and Throckley Dene provides many recreation opportunities for local people and visitors to the area. The Dene has a large network of footpaths and bridleways that are used by horse riders, runners, cyclists, walkers and dog walkers alike.
Walbottle and Throckley Dene is a stretch of semi-natural ancient woodland near the western border of the city. It is a steep side wooded valley with the Dewley Burn, a stream, running through it and eventually down to the River Tyne.
Walbottle and Throckley Dene is listed in the Ancient Woodland Inventory, drawn up in the 1600's, and would have once been a part of the wild woods that covered the countryside. However, it has probably remained much unchanged since the retreat of the last ice age about 10,000 years ago. As such it forms an important part of the natural heritage of the area, and provides a home to important species including native bluebell, red squirrels and, of course, some beautiful trees.
There are no buildings or facilities in Walbottle and Throckley Dene. The nearest Ranger Service site with a visitor centre and public toilets is Tyne Riverside Country Park at Newburn. The footpaths in the dene are mostly soft surfaced and can become muddy and waterlogged in wet weather.
Access to the dene is limited due to the natural geography of the area. There are steps at the Westway, Ambleside and Mayfield Avenue entrances, and the Hexham Road entrances are not accessible to wheelchair or pushchairs.
On-street car parking is available at some of the entrances to the dene, including Westway and Mayfield Avenue. If you are using the Hexham Road entrance, please park behind the bus stop to the west of the dene, on the north side of Hexham Road.
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