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Site investigations continue on Weardale Way landslip at Pelaw Woods Durham

Latest news from Durham County Council Rights of Way team regarding the Pelaw Woods landslip site on the Weardale Way at Durham (also see map):

“Site investigations are ongoing at Pelaw Woods and during the week beginning 3rd Feb contractors will be setting up large heavy borehole machinery in the woods to install land slip monitoring equipment.  This is part of the larger study that is ongoing to determine what needs to be done to stabilise the land and get our paths back.  As the setting up of the kit is difficult and there are safety concerns we have had to agree to the temporary closure of the main east-west alternative path through the woods for a 5 day period starting Monday 3rd Feb.  This means that the only route through Pelaw Woods available for the week will be via Gilesgate using the north-south path from the Silverlink Footbridge to Old Durham/Maiden Castle   The situation for the week is shown on the plan attached.  Signs will also be erected on site. We realise this will create inconvenience and apologise for this.  We are committed to securing the long term future of all the paths at Pelaw Woods and thank you for your continued patience.”