The Great Aycliffe Way is now two circular routes which navigate around the residential areas of Newton Aycliffe. The original northern route follows flower lined streams, woodlands and parks and is approximately 5.5 miles in length. A new southern route was added in 2008 which incorporates a historic railway line and attractive Nature Park, this route is just over 4 miles. Allow approximately 3 hours to walk either circuit.
To follow the route simply look for the way marker posts, which are positioned wherever there is any risk of confusion. The route is fully surfaced and accessible to both wheelchairs and pushchairs. While following the Great Aycliffe Way you can trace some of the history of this area and learn more about the wildlife which inhabits the town.
Ideally it is best to start at the marker stone opposite Stephenson Way School. The town is well served by buses from surrounding towns and villages. For more information contact the Travel Line on 0191 2020747 or visit www.traveline.org.uk – Anyone arriving by car should park in West Park then walk along the lakeside path to Stephenson Way.
A free Great Aycliffe Way walks leaflet is available from Great Aycliffe Town Council on 01325 300700.
It is recognised by the Council that allotment gardening can be a very rewarding pastime and can make a valuable contribution to the quality and health of people’s lives.
They are also an important recreational asset and enjoyable social activity.