Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

This trail is a short distance from Barnard Castle town centre offering the more adventurous disabled visitor an opportunity to experience the town’s “green lung” - a beautiful and tranquil woodland through which Percy Beck meanders down to the River Tees. In Winter, Holly & Snowdrops offer colour whilst in Spring, the woods come alive with carpets of Wild Garlic, Primroses and Bluebells carpeting the banks leading down to the beck. In Summer beautiful flowers (Red Campion, Wood Anemone, Violet, Marsh Marigold, etc.) and an array of wildlife can be seen (Dipper, Roe Deer, Tawny Owl, Greater Spotted Woodpecker; etc.) whilst in Autumn a blaze of colour awaits with the falling leaves. The route is known as “The King’s Walk” because it was constructed during the reign of William VI by local Doctor and philanthropist, Dr George Edwards. He saw the squalid and unhygienic living conditions the townsfolk had to endure and wanted to provide a tranquil place with clean air for those working in the town’s mills and factories to escape to. 5 seats are provided along the trail. There are areas of loose stones and some muddy sections when wet, the maximum gradient is 17% (1 in 6).

Surveyed by: David Gribble, April 2014 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 0.6 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: There is car park at the start of the path the surface is compacted gravel and soil. Parking bays are not marked.
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

Closest parking for this Walk with great views up and downstream of the River Tees and also of the Castle and Tees Aqueduct. There are no marked or designated parking bays and in places, there is compacted soil and gravel whilst in others, loose gravel is present

CarPark Closest parking for this Walk with great views up and downstream of the River Tees and also of the Castle and Tees Aqueduct. There are no marked or designated parking bays and in places, there is compacted soil and gravel whilst in others, loose gravel is present

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Surface As above

Loose gravel/stone surface

Surface Loose gravel/stone surface

Lovely views of where Percy Beck meets the River Tees are to be had from this seat. However, access to it is steep and uneven in places. Be aware of exposed tree roots too.

Seat Lovely views of where Percy Beck meets the River Tees are to be had from this seat. However, access to it is steep and uneven in places. Be aware of exposed tree roots too.

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Surface As above.

The route proceeds down to St.John’s footbridge which provides access over the beck to an area known as “The Green Bandstand”. This grassed area has 4 modified metal benches and offers lovely views over the river. Brass bands used to play here in the Summer. Back on the path, the wider bridge upstream takes visitors into the wood. The route to both bridges has a varied gradient of between 3% and 8% (1:30 and 1:12) and comprises of loose gravel and stones and is uneven in places.

Gradient The route proceeds down to St.John’s footbridge which provides access over the beck to an area known as “The Green Bandstand”. This grassed area has 4 modified metal benches and offers lovely views over the river. Brass bands used to play here in the Summer. Back on the path, the wider bridge upstream takes visitors into the wood. The route to both bridges has a varied gradient of between 3% and 8% (1:30 and 1:12) and comprises of loose gravel and stones and is uneven in places.

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Surface As Above

A timber finger post for The Teesdale Way (an 80-mile long-distance footpath alongside the River Tees) to the right of path. White lower-case text on a natural background gives a good contrast.

Direction A timber finger post for The Teesdale Way (an 80-mile long-distance footpath alongside the River Tees) to the right of path. White lower-case text on a natural background gives a good contrast.

Modified timber bench by St.John’s footbridge” offers a resting point

Seat Modified timber bench by St.John’s footbridge” offers a resting point

View of the wider bridge upstream, able to see water below from both sides.

Path View of the wider bridge upstream, able to see water below from both sides.

View upstream of Percy Beck.

View View upstream of Percy Beck.

View downstream towards the River Tees.

View View downstream towards the River Tees.

Once over the bridge, the path comprises loose gravel at a gradient of 6% (1:16), then increases to a maximum point of 14% (1:7).

Gradient Once over the bridge, the path comprises loose gravel at a gradient of 6% (1:16), then increases to a maximum point of 14% (1:7).

Compacted/loose gravel in parts.

Surface Compacted/loose gravel in parts.

Views of Percy Beck on the right, maximum gradient at one point of 14% (1:7).

Gradient Views of Percy Beck on the right, maximum gradient at one point of 14% (1:7).

Further views of Percy Beck, path consists of compacted /loose gravel.

Surface Further views of Percy Beck, path consists of compacted /loose gravel.

Further views of Percy Beck, path consists of compacted /loose gravel

Surface Further views of Percy Beck, path consists of compacted /loose gravel

Views of Percy Beck on the right, maximum gradient at one point of 14% (1:7).

Gradient Views of Percy Beck on the right, maximum gradient at one point of 14% (1:7).

Further views of Percy Beck; path consists of compacted/loose gravel in parts.

Surface Further views of Percy Beck; path consists of compacted/loose gravel in parts.

Small ridge, path slopes down to the next bridge and consists of compacted/loose gravel in parts.

Obstacle Small ridge, path slopes down to the next bridge and consists of compacted/loose gravel in parts.

Compacted/loose gravel in parts.

Surface Compacted/loose gravel in parts.

Revetment wall offers a lovely view from path to the beck below compacted soil surface.

Surface Revetment wall offers a lovely view from path to the beck below compacted soil surface.

Fencing on the beck-side to the bridge, compacted soil surface

Path Fencing on the beck-side to the bridge, compacted soil surface

Modified timber bench offers a resting point overlooking the beck.

Seat Modified timber bench offers a resting point overlooking the beck.

View from the bench looking downstream.

View View from the bench looking downstream.

View from the bench looking up the path.

Path View from the bench looking up the path.

Path continues through the wood with views of the beck to the right. Path comprises of compacted/loose gravel and  compacted soil in places.

Path Path continues through the wood with views of the beck to the right. Path comprises of compacted/loose gravel and compacted soil in places.

Path continues through the wood with views of the beck to the right. Path comprises of compacted/loose gravel and  compacted soil in places.

Surface Path continues through the wood with views of the beck to the right. Path comprises of compacted/loose gravel and compacted soil in places.

Path continues through the wood with views of the beck to the right. Path comprises of compacted/loose gravel and  compacted soil in places.

Surface Path continues through the wood with views of the beck to the right. Path comprises of compacted/loose gravel and compacted soil in places.

Path continues through the wood with views of the beck to the right. Path comprises of compacted/loose gravel and  compacted soil in places.

Surface Path continues through the wood with views of the beck to the right. Path comprises of compacted/loose gravel and compacted soil in places.

Path continues through the wood with views of the beck to the right. Path comprises of compacted/loose gravel and  compacted soil in places.

Gradient Path continues through the wood with views of the beck to the right. Path comprises of compacted/loose gravel and compacted soil in places.

Modified timber bench offers a resting point overlooking the beck.

Seat Modified timber bench offers a resting point overlooking the beck.

Path continues towards the next bridge. Comprises of compacted/ loose gravel and compacted soil in places.

Gradient Path continues towards the next bridge. Comprises of compacted/ loose gravel and compacted soil in places.

Path continues towards the next bridge. Comprises of compacted/ loose gravel and compacted soil in places.

Gradient Path continues towards the next bridge. Comprises of compacted/ loose gravel and compacted soil in places.

Path continues through the wood, with views of the beck on the left. Comprises of compacted/loose gravel and compacted soil in places.

Surface Path continues through the wood, with views of the beck on the left. Comprises of compacted/loose gravel and compacted soil in places.

Looking downstream towards the bridge. The gradient of the path from the bridge to this point is between 10%-17% (1:10 – 1:6).

Gradient Looking downstream towards the bridge. The gradient of the path from the bridge to this point is between 10%-17% (1:10 – 1:6).

Modified timber bench by the beck is the end point of the Trail and affords a lovely view of a waterfall upstream.

Path Modified timber bench by the beck is the end point of the Trail and affords a lovely view of a waterfall upstream.

The lovely view of the waterfall to be had from the bench.

Path The lovely view of the waterfall to be had from the bench.

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