A beautiful day in Thornley Woods, following the 'Red Kite Trail'. We were very lucky to see quite a few Red Kites, including a couple of mating pairs, as well as some buzzards. The photo above shows views over to the Gibside Estate, taken from the Nine Arches Viaduct. The viaduct stood out in stark contrast within this environment, and was one of the main features of interest for me on this walk.
As well as the viaduct, water was an important feature on this walk - much of the walk followed the path of the river Derwent, which we crossed on bridges numerous times. We also skirted a lake, which looked stunning in the early Spring sunshine. The recent heavy rain meant that we also encountered water on the paths in places it wouldn't usually be, much of which seemed to be providing a tempting breeding ground for frogs.