Forge Valley - Out & About
Forge Valley lies near East Ayton, with its small ruined
castle. The valley is one of the finest examples of mixed deciduous
woodland in north-east England and the Forge Valley Woods National
Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The valley was formed by rushing glacial meltwater following the
last ice age but is named after the iron smelting which took place
The old quarries, cut through many layers of rock, now increase
the interest of this magical place as a Dinosaur Geology Trail runs
through the valley.
Footpaths follow the young River Derwent as it bends along the
valley and convenient car parks make this beautiful woodland easily
accessible on foot.
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