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Forge Valley Boardwalks is a 1.6 mile out and back trail located near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 331 ft Route type Out & Back
Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest River Wild flowers Wildlife
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Getting There

A there and back easy-access walk (which can be extended) through the Forge Valley nature reserve, near Scarborough in North Yorkshire. This beautiful shaded woodland valley has a magical feel, with the River Derwent running through its length, a rich variety of woodland plants and chance to spot a kingfisher or otter. The walk follows an easy-access boardwalk for its full length, purpose built for wheelchairs, pushchairs and disability buggies. There are a few benches plus several passing places along the boardwalk. There are no obstacles to contend with (no stiles, no steps and no gates) and there is no livestock. The valley makes a good dog walking spot for well-behaved and sociable dogs. You will meet plenty of other people and dogs and there is a road always visible on the far side of the river, so if you dog is prone to wander or is not keen on meet and greets then this walk probably isn't for you. There are several places along the boardwalk where your canine pal can access the river for a quick paddle, but please don't allow your dog to foul the boardwalk or to disturb the wildlife and ensure they respect other people's space. Allow 1 hour.

Forge Valley Woods is located about 4 miles west of Scarborough. Leave the A170 at East Ayton, heading north and following signs to Forge Valley. After 1.5 miles, turn left into the Old Man's Mouth Picnic Site car park. This is a free, stone-covered car park, accessed down a ramp, with space for about 10 cars. The nearest post code, YO13 9EJ, will only take you as far as East Ayton.

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Julie-ann Peacock
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Hiking

beautiful and easy walk

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Matthew Newsome
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WalkingGreat!

Good, easy walk to do. Can be done in all weathers. Boardwalk has non-slip pads on but take care in wet/icy conditions anyway. Option to go beyond the boardwalk through some fields and up a small hill to Ayton Castle, doesn't seem to be that well known. Always a good default option.

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Callum Wilkinson
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jan draper
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Nycky Smithson
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Hiking

Nice easy walk with lovely scenery

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Mel Palmer
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Walking

As a local this is a route which is beautiful, I visit regulary. I am not going to review this walk. Although work is planned, due to Corona Virus this work has not yet commenced. Some of the wooden boards are rotting, in wet weather they can be slippery and at risk of breaking. Extra care should be taken. Just be careful, it's still worth visiting and walking...

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Andrew Boycott
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Easy flat/level walking in pleasant environment. All footpaths decked so suitable for wheel chairs and prams. Footpath follows the shallow river.

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Karen Raby
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A lovely and very accessible walk

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David Platfoot
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First to Review

A pleasant walk along the Derwent river

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Simon Wright
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Andrew Williams
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jan draper
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jan draper
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Lisa Bourne
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Richard Barratt
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Paul Boyce
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sam E
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