Land of Oak & Iron covers 70 square miles of the beautiful and historic Derwent Valley & surrounding areas, making it one of the North East’s most rewarding & exciting areas to explore. The Land of Oak & Iron was once a cradle of the Industrial Revolution, with a booming iron & steel industry. Nowadays, whilst industrial remains still scatter the landscape, nature has reclaimed the environment, creating a rich patchwork of woodlands, riverbanks & grasslands; attracting otters, deer & red kites.

At the heart of the Land of Oak & Iron is the Heritage Centre in Winlaton Mill – here you can enjoy a variety of events, creative workshops, guided walks & talks, along with the local delights our café & shop have to offer. There’s something for everyone – so come and discover what makes the Derwent Valley the perfect destination to visit.

Winter Bird Walk

Situated in the Lower Derwent Valley this section of the Land of Oak and Iron is a mixed landscape of woodland, meadows, riverside and historic

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