Forge Valley - Out & About
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 wends along the
valley and convenient car parks make this beautiful woodland easily
accessible on foot.
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