The car-park just off the Burnopfield /Rowlands Gill road, just before entering Rowland Gill after crossing the bridge
A short walk, of approximately 3-4 miles through woodland and along the former route of the Consett-Newcastle railway, taking in the hamlets of Lintzford and Lintzgreen, where my parents used to live.
From the car-park, walk along the path to join the Derwent Walk,
along the viaduct, heading in a westerly direction.
Continue along this solitary cycle track, under a bridge and past a seat on the right. Ignore the stile on the left going up a field and continue for another 50 yards and take the footpath to the right.
The path will split soon, take the left fork to avoid the worst of any mud, and eventually come out by the side of a meadow. Keep near the fence and follow the path until it meets a broad track.
Turn right here, and enter Lintzford, now a collection of lavish properties, far flung from its days as the site of an inkworks.
Walk along to the bridge spanning the River Derwent, and hopefully,
you may see some fish, or even a dipper standing near the river. Return in the
same direction, and follow the track up past a brick cottage overlooking the
meadow. The path, although distinct, is now quite narrow with nettles lining
it on both sides, if you are wearing shorts, proceed with care.
Where the path splits, the left entering the small hamlet of Lintzgreen, take the right path and go over the bridge, looking down to Lintzgreen Station.
You may descend the steps to the left and follow the Derwent Walk back to the car park if you wish and shorten this walk by about twenty minutes but if the weather is fine, descend to the right after the bridge and walk in the opposite direction. As you come onto the first of two viaducts, Chopwell Woods is seen to the right and to the left, way past the green fields on the horizon, are the villages of Burnopfield and Dipton. After the second viaduct is crossed, you arrive at the road and so turn around and follow the Derwent Walk back to the car-park.