Bassleton Woods and the Holmes Local Nature Reserve
Bassleton Woods is a six-hectare pocket of ancient deciduous woodland sandwiched between the Bassleton Court housing estate of Thornaby and the River Tees. Its interesting array of woodland flowers give a hint of its ancient past, although there are no huge trees here as the woods were felled at the end of World War Two.
In 2012 the Foresty Commission together with the Stockton on Tees Borough Council revamped a popular and scenic footpath in Basselton Woods along the River Tees. The 1KM path has an all-weather surface through the woods near Thornaby. The trail forms part of a 14 km (9 mile) circular walk being built around the village.
The Holmes area of the nature reserve comprises 6.8-hectares of low-lying ex-agricultural land in a meander known to Thornaby residents as Horseshoe Bend. Bassleton Woods and the Holmes form part of a much larger area of special countryside that is open to the public. The Council's Countryside service has planted adjacent fields with approximately 14,000 trees in order to link Bassleton Woods to the nearby Thornaby Woods, which is also open to the public.
There is no visitor centre or parking available.
Take a bus into Bassleton Court Estate, Thornaby and disembark at the stop after the Griffin Pub. A short walk back to the end of Bassleton Lane will bring you to a cul de sac. Here a path to the right leads along the hedgerow into Bassleton Wood. A cycleway/path takes an alternative route and leaving it at the first bend to take the grass path down the hill will take you to Thornaby Wood.
Bassleton Wood NZ 445155 Holmes NZ 445162