GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Nosterfield Nature Reserve and Thornborough Henge

5 miles (8 km)

This walk visits the lovely Nosterfield Nature Reserve near West Tanfield.
The route then goes onto visit the nearby Thornborough Henge and Nosterfield Quarry. All three sites are located close together and well worth a visit.
The walk starts at the car park at Nosterfield Nature Reserve. Here you will find some pleasant footpaths taking you around a series of lakes. At the site there are also a number of bird hides where you can look out for a variety of water loving birds.
After exploring the reserve, head east and then south to visit Thornborough Henge. The fasainating site inlcludes severalancient structures including acursus,henges, burial grounds and settlements. TheNeolithicandBronze Age'ritual landscape' is similar toSalisbury Plainand dates from between 3500 and 2500 BC.
You can then continue east to visit Thornborough village before turning north to Nosterfield Quarry and Lingham Water. The site is another nature reserve with features including open water, reedbed, fen, exposed magnesian limestone, scrub, and woodland.


DL8 2QZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Nosterfield - - 68770

Nosterfield. Village green

Nosterfield Nature Reserve - - 314927

Nosterfield Nature Reserve. A trio of flooded gravel pits have been fenced off, landscaped, and hides provided for bird watching.

Nosterfield Nature Reserve, near West Tanfield - - 2524368

Nosterfield Nature Reserve, near West Tanfield

A posh hide at Nosterfield Nature Reserve - - 2524372

A posh bird hide

Central Henge, Thornborough - - 116722

Central Henge, Thornborough. The central of three henges in a complex Late Neolithic landscape

Thornborough - View of Central and Northern Henges - - 1012264

Thornborough - View of Central and Northern Henges. Blue Sky looking North.

Lingham Water, Nosterfield Quarry - central section - - 2391126

Lingham Water, Nosterfield Quarry 1

Lingham Water, Nosterfield Quarry - southern section - - 2391132

Lingham Water, Nosterfield Quarry 2


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