Hamsterley Forest Three Becks Trail

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Hamsterley Forest Three Becks Trail is a 7.6 kilometer loop trail located near Bishop Auckland, Durham, England that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 7.6 km Elevation Gain: 242 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


mountain biking




partially paved

A circular and fairly challenging woodland walk around Hamsterley Forest near West Auckland in County Durham. Hamsterley Forest is managed by the Forestry Commission and is a lovely varied environment to explore, with pine forest, mixed woodland, babbling becks, open areas of gorse and bracken and flower-rich grass verges. The high points of the walk provide you with beautiful far-reaching views whilst the various habitats are home to plenty of wildlife. You might even glimpse a Gruffalo along the way! The walk includes several climbs and descents throughout including some steep sections. The route follows a mixture of stone tracks, tarmac access lanes plus some steep sections of unmade woodland path which may be muddy, rocky and uneven with tree roots in several places. There are no stiles, livestock or gates on route, but you will need to negotiate some flights of steps and footbridges. Dogs are welcome in the forest; they need to be on leads for the stretch closest to the visitor centre but then well-behaved dogs are welcome to have more freedom. You will be sharing a few of the paths with cyclists and your route also crosses a couple of vehicle access roads, so take care with children and dogs. There are toilets and a cafe at the start and end of the walk. Allow 2.5 hours.

off trail
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this trail we went off trail at one point to explore, there is some beautiful scenery to look at. There was a bug problem towards the end so i would advice bug repellent but there is a massive Rabbit Warren up there and lots off rabbits to spot. All in all it was great fun.

8 months ago

Very enjoyable walk, quite challenging in some parts. Will definitely be back to do it again.

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