A SERIES of walks are being staged to herald County Durham’s diverse woodland.

As part of the Heritage Lottery-funded Durham Woodland Revival (DWR) walk leaders will focus on differing stretches of tree-lined or forested countryside.

DWR is a joint project involving the county council, the Woodland Trust and Forestry Commission England, which is aimed at managing woodlands and revitalise forestry in County Durham.

It is hoped the scheme will help attract further funding to the forestry sector.

Forthcoming walks on the woodland theme include a ten-mile trek: Sanctuary Way, Stage 2, from Beamish to Wardless Bridge, from Eden Place picnic site, off the A693, near Beamish, DH9 0RS, on Saturday December 8, at 10am.

It is expected to take six hours to complete.

The third stage, from Witton Gilbert to Wardless Bridge, covering 11-miles, starts at the park on the road leading to St Michael and All Angels Church, in Witton Gilbert, also at 10am, on Wednesday December 12.

There is a £4 charge for both, each led by Bill Gallon.