Rock to Doxford and Fallodon

Hamlet of Rock easy walking round picturesque Doxford and Fallodon Halls.

Technical sheet
No. 7953428
A Rennington walk posted on 18/04/21 by Sprocketman. Update : 19/04/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25[?]
Distance Distance : 11.52km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 47m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 47m
Highest point Highest point : 90m
Lowest point Lowest point : 36m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Rennington
Starting point Starting point : N 55.478588° / W 1.681445°
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Description

Park just on the Northern edge of Rock (South Charlton exit from A1) in farm track entrance taking care not to obstruct farm access.

(D/A) Take the road to Rock moor then join right of way.

(1) Turn right here. The route is easy to follow until it joins B6347 near West Fallodon.

(2) Turn right onto this for a short distance entering the woods on the left just beyond a small bridge. The route then passes Doxford Farm with its holiday cottages. Stay left of the fence and view the ancient settlement that is the hill on your right. The route rejoins the road at one of the gatehouses of Doxford Hall with its unique cast iron roof supports and drains pipes.

(3) Turn right and follow the road past the rear walls of Doxford Hall and take the right of way at the road junction.

(4) This is hard to spot! Follow the well defined woodland path to the front of Fallodon Hall, one time home of the famous Earl Grey and Sir Edward Grey (Foreign Secretary).

(5) Turn left and enter the woodland path adjacent to the hall's walled garden.

(6) Join the road for a short distance before taking the farm track. Turn left up the field edge and follow the clear path which crossed the road.

(7) Follow the path across the field containing disused quarries to rejoin the farm track at Rock Mill.

(8) Follow this well made track back to the start point.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 80m - Start
1 : km 0.83 - alt. 90m - Right of way
2 : km 2.19 - alt. 68m - B6347
3 : km 4.68 - alt. 53m - Road
4 : km 5.95 - alt. 41m - Burnhouses
5 : km 7.85 - alt. 52m - Woodland
6 : km 9.05 - alt. 56m - Coldharbour farm
7 : km 9.64 - alt. 65m - B6347
8 : km 10.37 - alt. 62m - Rock Mill
D/A : km 11.52 - alt. 80m - Finish

Useful Information

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During the walk or to do/see around

The walk is close to the A1 but is peacefully a world away. Great views of the picturesque Doxford Hall lake and the adjacent ancient settlement. Fallodon Hall is very beautifully laid out and has much history as well as an excellent walled garden

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 3.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 3/5


Walker
on Mon 26 Apr 2021 10:56:16 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 26/04/21
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Average

Some of the walk instructions could be a little better.
The exit on the A1 in the instructions isn't South Charlton exit it is the next exit a few hundred meters north signposted Christon Bank.

The instructions after Doxford Hall could be clearer. Point three - it should be right at the first junction and immediately right at the next. Point four - opposite the house on the corner go through the second date and walk through the trees on the well-defined woodland footpath.
Point 6 - turn left up the field edge follow the field edge all the way around until you come to a gate by the road. The footpath continues over the road.
Point 7 - Cross the field bearing fractionally right heading for Rock Mill (the houses at the far end of the field).

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