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Castle Eden Dene

 

Castle Eden Dene NNR is the largest area of natural woodland in Northeast England. It occupies a deep, steep-sided ravine formed in the Magnesian Limestone and boulder clay of this area of County Durham. The dene vegetation is a survivor of the wildwood which once covered most of Britain. Even today it remains relatively undisturbed by humans due to the difficult terrain of the steep sided ravines. Twenty nine routes were recorded in North of England Climbs by Stewart Wilson but they have never proved popular. An unconfirmed report "Speaking to one of the Wardens from English Nature, he made it very clear that English Nature (Who now own the Dene) will not permit climbing."

 

More info about the Durham Magnesian Limestone Plateau

Durham County Council Information service