A BEAUTY spot will help children keep fit this summer.

Youngsters can enjoy exploring Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve, in east Durham.

A handbook has been produced to show visitors how they can make the most of their trip to the beauty spot.

With one of the booklets, children will be able to start an adventure across the reserve and with help from adults, complete one of the walks.

The reserve has roe deer and 1,600 species of insects, including singing grasshoppers.

"Taking a walk and enjoying the wildlife and discovering the legends surrounding the reserve is definitely a healthy and fun form of exercise,'' said reserve manager, Rob Lamboll.

The reserve has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and opened revamped visitor facilities.

The handbooks are free and can be obtained form the Castle Eden Dene Lodge, local libraries and Tourist Information Centres.