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Road weather station camera B6302 Ushaw Moor

December 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Road weather station camera details.

B6302 Ushaw Moor

This ‘live’ information from B6302 Ushaw Moor weather station is updated every 10 minutes.


via Road weather station camera details – Durham.


Valerie braves the pain for sponsored walk From The Northern Echo

A GRANDMOTHER hopes to defy her osteoporosis to complete a sponsored walk.

Valerie Grimwood, who was diagnosed with the progressive bone disease last month at the age of 55, plans to walk the five miles from her home in Esh Winning, County Durham, to Ushaw Moor and back in aid of the National Osteoporosis Society.

She said her diagnosis was a shock but she had decided to undertake the sponsored walk to help her to come to terms with it.

Mrs Grimwood, who also suffers from a bent spine and is a full-time carer, plans to do the walk on Saturday, July 12.

To make a donation, visit

via Valerie braves the pain for sponsored walk From The Northern Echo.

History group launches new publication on Deerness Valley

March 18, 2014 1 comment

COMMUNITY history enthusiasts will reveal their latest publication about colourful local characters and places of interest at the weekend (March 22).

Places and People In and Around the Deerness Valley is the second publication by Hamsteels History Group, based on the Hamsteels Estate, in Esh Winning, near Durham.

Details of the book and the use of images from Britain from the Air, a Heritage Lottery Project, will be given at the presentation event/coffee morning, on Saturday (March 22).

Twenty copies of the new book, compiled and bound by group members, will be available for purchase at the event, at Hamsteels Community Centre, in Western Avenue, Esh Winning, between 11am and 1pm.

Orders will also be taken for further copies over and above the initial 20.

There is no charge and light refreshments will be available during the presentation.

Further information is available from Kathleen Duggan, on 0191-373 3489.

via History group launches new publication on colourful local characters and landmarks (From The Northern Echo).

River Wear Preservation Group – R Deerness Improvements – Open Day Oct 26th

October 13, 2013 Leave a comment


A GROUP whose aim is to look after the River Wear and all its tributaries has been given a vote of confidence by a water chief.

Jerry Gallop, the national manager for the DEFRA Catchment Restoration Fund at the Environment Agency said he was very impressed with the work being done by the Wear Rivers Trust, who have been appointed the official custodians of the River Wear catchment, which includes all the waterways that flow into the river.

The trust is now working on a three year project to remove a number of barriers restricting fish movement throughout the River Deerness sub-catchment which will help to increase fish populations and benefit the wider environment.

Durham University have surveyed baseline fish populations and will measure improvements.

During his visit Mr Gallop was able to see some of the improvements that have been delivered on the River Deerness during the last 12 months and discuss the planned activity for the next year.

He said “The trust is looking at the whole picture along the river which is exactly what the catchment restoration fund and catchment based approach is looking for.

“The genuine desire to get the environmental outcomes is more than apparent.”

Partner organisations include the Environment Agency, Durham County Council, Northumbrian Water, Ground Work North East, Durham Wildlife Trust, Durham University, North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Natural England.

The trust will hold an open day starting at Ushaw Moor Bridge at 10am on Saturday, October 26, followed by another information event at Lion Mouth Rural Centre in Esh Winning at noon.

via River Wear preservation group gets support from Environment boss From The Northern Echo.

River Deerness Restoration Project | Wear Rivers Trust

January 14, 2013 Leave a comment

River Deerness Restoration Project | Wear Rivers Trust

The ongoing River Deerness Restoration Project aims to restore habitat connectivity for fish species by creating and monitoring fish passage solutions at a series of manmade barriers on a tributary of the River Wear.

As a result of the Deerness feasibility studies, a successful application was made to Defra’s Catchment Restoration Fund in order to carry out a three-year River Deerness Restoration Project. In partnership with Durham County Council and Durham University, this project will address the fish passage barriers identified during the feasibility studies and, equally importantly, will assess the impact that the easement solutions have.

This assessment will be achieved by ‘before and after’ surveys and monitoring at each easement site, carried out by a PhD student from Durham University’s Biology Department. Electro-fishing and fish-tagging, habitat surveys and invertebrate samples will all be carried out upstream and downstream of each site both before and after easement work. It is expected that the abundance of migratory fish passing the barriers will increase and the PhD work will be used to confirm whether this is the case. The study of fish populations and movements through a series of long culverts in the Old Durham Beck catchment is also part of the three year programme.

The barrier at Cornsay Colliery, the furthest upstream, has now had a fish easement installed and more details are available on the Cornsay project page. By the end of the project we hope to see the whole course of the River Deerness opened up to all local fish species.

via River Deerness Restoration Project | Wear Rivers Trust.

Weekend Walks: Autumn ablaze in Deerness Valley – David Miliband – Shields Gazette

October 21, 2011 Leave a comment



At first I thought the valley was on fire. And then realisation dawned, it wasn’t flame but autumn colours.

A large part of the Deerness Valley in County Durham is covered with trees, and the red and yellow foliage of larch, beech, sycamore and ash made for quite a sight.

Particularly spectacular were the falling leaves. Like some great tendril of flame, they were swept down the valley by a howling gale.

My walk began in Esh Winning and took me west along the banks of the River Deerness.

The remains of the area’s industrial past can be glimpsed in amongst the trees. This included a small archway of age-blackened brickwork I came across, on the river shore.

Wonder what its original purpose was? I mused.

The most noticeable relic of that past is the Deerness Valley Railway. Opened in 1858,


via Weekend Walks: Autumn ablaze in Deerness Valley – David Miliband – Shields Gazette.

U13’s vs Deerness Valley (A) CC 16-01-11 photos – Darlington TSC FC

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment
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