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Addison and Hedgefield Woods

Addison and Hedgefield Woods
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. The location 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 is off Stella Road, Ryton, opposite the old St Hilda's Church (now the Castle Indoor Play Area) on the B6317 at Hedgefield near Ryton, Blaydon-on-Tyne, NE21 4NN
Please do not park in the car park of The Castle Indoor Play Area which is for customers only.

Grid reference: NZ 166643


Addison and Hedgefield Woods is managed by Durham Wildlife Trust. For more information visit Addison and Hedgefield Wood (opens new window) on the Durham Wildlife Trust website.

Durham Wildlife Trust

Rainton Meadows
Chilton Moor

0191 584 3112


Access to the site is opposite the old St Hilda’s Church on the B6317 at Hedgefield

near Ryton


NE21 4NN

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