Quiet meadows and woodland with a significant local past.
The woodland was once a thriving colliery and village where Alexander Graham Bell made an experimental telephone call.
This place is a beautiful example of how nature reclaims land when people move on. From the woodland at Addison, to the scrub and grasslands at Hedgefield, this place is a thriving wildlife refuge, and a site of Nature Conservation Importance.
A footpath, with steps, has been created from Hedgefield Quarry to Reedside in Ryton which allows you to make an attractive circular walk.
Access opposite the old St Hilda's Church on the B6317 at Hedgefield near Ryton. Grid reference: NZ 166643
Addison and Hedgefield Woods is managed by Durham Wildlife Trust.
For more information see the Addison and Hedgefield Wood pages on the Durham Wildlife Trust web page.