THE GREAT OUTDOORS

We’re cleaning up our act…
The River Skerne was once Europe’s 7th most polluted river. Not any more!

Much has been done to improve the water quality and Discover Brightwater and partners are busy recreating wetland habitats, fens, and carrs (Viking for ‘boggy woods’).

We know not everyone can volunteer so you’re welcome to download our free adventure guides. We have designed a range of walks around Brightwater suitable for all ages.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

FREE ADVENTURE GUIDES

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Fishburn & Bishop Middleham

Experience this rare landscape and ancient species, and journey through the first stronghold of the Prince Bishop’s
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Fishburn & Bishop Middleham

Experience this rare landscape and ancient species, and journey through the first stronghold of the Prince Bishop’s
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Ferryhill Carrs & Thrislington

Follow the path of the ancient glacier to discover two protected reserves
*NOW CLOSED* Invitation to Tender  - Great North Fen

Ferryhill Carrs & Thrislington

Follow the path of the ancient glacier to discover two protected reserves
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Deserted Medieval Villages

As you walk through this ancient landscape, ponder what caused our ancestors to leave.
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Deserted Medieval Villages

As you walk through this ancient landscape, ponder what caused our ancestors to leave.
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Bishop Middleham & The Skerne

Step into the land of the Prince Bishops
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Bishop Middleham & The Skerne

Step into the land of the Prince Bishops
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Brafferton & Newton Ketton Walk

Explore the path less travelled and enjoy this lesser known part of our heritage.
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Brafferton & Newton Ketton Walk

Explore the path less travelled and enjoy this lesser known part of our heritage.
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Salter’s Lane and Skerningham Walk

Follow the ancient salt trail travelled by our ancestors
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Salter’s Lane and Skerningham Walk

Follow the ancient salt trail travelled by our ancestors
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Locomotion & Historic Shildon

Discover the coming of the railways in the world’s first railway town.
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Locomotion & Historic Shildon

Discover the coming of the railways in the world’s first railway town.
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Hardwick Park & Bishop’s Fen Walk

Rediscover nature with a walk through wetlands, woods and wildlife.
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Hardwick Park & Bishop’s Fen Walk

Rediscover nature with a walk through wetlands, woods and wildlife.
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Hurworth Burn Reservoir Walk

Explore the wetland and gateway to Brightwater!
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Hurworth Burn Reservoir Walk

Explore the wetland and gateway to Brightwater!
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PROJECT UPDATES

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World Wetlands Day

A day to raise global awareness about the high importance of wetlands for people and our planet.
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World Wetlands Day

A day to raise global awareness about the high importance of wetlands for people and our planet.
THE RIVER SKERNE

THE RIVER SKERNE

The Ancient River Skerne starts near the Trimdons via Hurworth Burn Reservoir then flows south near Fishburn, Bishop Middleham, Sedgefield, Newton Aycliffe and through Darlington.
THE RIVER SKERNE

THE RIVER SKERNE

The Ancient River Skerne starts near the Trimdons via Hurworth Burn Reservoir then flows south near Fishburn, Bishop Middleham, Sedgefield, Newton Aycliffe and through Darlington.
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BISHOPS FEN

Bishop’s Fen is a 20ha farmland site about 2km south of Bishop Middleham, County Durham. The new nature reserve will be created on approximately 25 hectares of land which can be accessed through Hardwick Park.
Invitation To Tender - Enabling access works for Bishops Fen

BISHOPS FEN

Bishop’s Fen is a 20ha farmland site about 2km south of Bishop Middleham, County Durham. The new nature reserve will be created on approximately 25 hectares of land which can be accessed through Hardwick Park.