An interesting route created by the Ice Age
This enjoyable walk has a small lake and a river joined together by hilly mixed woodland. Throxenby Lake has ducks and geese, including Tufted Duck and Greylag Goose, the woodland offers Great Spotted Woodpecker and Treecreeper, and the river, Dipper and Kingfisher, so there is a good range of birds here. The boardwalk alongside the River Derwent is particularly useful and there is a noticeboard at the car park with information about birds of the area. There are two options, here – the first is to park at Throxenby Mere and walk through Raincliffe Wood to the River Derwent at Forge Valley then back to the start (about six miles) or there is OTHER WILDLIFE Look for deer, Hedgehog, Badger and Stoat in the woodland a car park about halfway to Forge Valley for a look at the woodland, then a car park at Forge Valley to walk by the river – the choice is yours. The river, although only a few miles from the sea, instead flows for another 50 miles or so to join the River Ouse but it is home to trout, Black Lampreys, Bullhead and eels on its way. The woodland has a lot of pine, Larch and spruce attracting those lovely little Goldcrests – and maybe a Firecrest.