Eden Dene Nature Reserve is known as "the jungle of the North" with
to its expansive woodlands. It's the largest area of semi-natural woodland in
the North East of England with an amazing diversity of micro climates and habitats.
It's a top place for birds, bugs, butterflies and beautiful wild flowers.
Woodlands are great places to see
rare birds, plants and trees during the summer months.
- From butterflies and bugs to
mammals and moths, woods offer an unrivalled selection of nature activities.
Eden Dene - Visitor Guide
Eden Dene National Nature Reserve, Oakerside Dene Lodge, Stanhope Chase, Peterlee,
England North East - firstname.lastname@example.org|
map: ||Multimap of Castle
Eden Dene area |
reference:||Grid reference NZ432410|
attraction:||Wild walks. Ancient trees.
Insects, flowers, small mammals and woodland birds.|
kit:||Walking shoes. Binoculars and
scope. Plant and tree identification guide.|
With nearly 500 species
of flora and fauna to be found at Castle Eden Dene, there are lots of different
things to see as you work your way down through the gorge including:
spotting - woodland birds such as Nuthatch plus coastal birds and owls at the
eastern end of the reserve which meets the North Sea.
Bug safari - many
varieties of insects.
Flower spotting - woodland flowers.
- follow the woodland walks for a great view of ancient trees including Yew.
events programme organised by Natural England.
Centre at western end - pick up information on trails and a free in-depth booklet
about the wildlife. |
Access: Extremely limited - most of the footpaths are on natural soil or have
quite a steep gradient and as such may be difficult to navigate using a wheelchair,
particularly in bad weather.
Castle Eden Dene is signposted
from the A19 and from Peterlee town centre.
Bus: Telephone Peterlee Tourist
Information on 0191 5864 450 for current bus timetables.
Bike: The reserve
is near Route 1 (Peterlee Link) of the Sustrans Natonal Cycle Network. There are
bike racks available at Oakerside Dene Lodge for visitors to secure their bike.
Car parking: A small car park is available at Oakerside Dene Lodge.
Also limited parking at the mouth of the dene.
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