If you’re sat there asking where is Brightwater and why haven’t I heard of it? Well it’s probably been beneath your wellies without you realising it!
You can Discover Brightwater by following the Ancient River Skerne as it stretches north from Darlington and includes and includes the town and villages of Newton Aycliffe, Sedgefield, Bishop Middleham, Fishburn and the Trimdons via Hurworth Burn Reservoir.
Unfortunately we weren’t given a catchy name like ‘The Dales” or “The Lakes” so we’ve had to make one up. The Skerne was originally named by our Viking ancestors; the word ‘skirr’ means bright and shining* - Discover Brightwater our new catchy name.
* The word ‘skirr” also means rubbish tip, but we didn’t think Rubbishwater had quite the same appeal…
Click below to see how our women’s team smashed the schedule to fix the Skerne.
All Our News Dig with Archie-ologist and the welly-warriors of Walworth and how we are putting our villages on the map…
February 10, 2020
Invitation To Tender – 6 x Village Atlas’, heritage trails and the Development of our Eco Museum (Skernopolis)
We are seeking to appoint a provider to deliver a programme ...
February 6, 2020
The famous Durham Ox gets a makeover!
300 school children from Aycliffe ...
January 28, 2020
Invitation To Tender – To deliver a sculpture trail in Hardwick Park
Together with Groundwork NE & Cumbria and Durham Wildlife Trust on behalf of Hardwick Park we are seeking to appoint a contractor or consortium to...
January 22, 2020
Invitation To Tender – Enabling access works for Bishops Fen
Durham Wildlife Trust, as lead partner for the National Lottery Heritage Funded project Discover Brightwater, in south west County ...
January 20, 2020
Investors in the Environment – We’re signed up, are you?
Discover Brightwater is proud to proclaim that we are the first landscape partnership or major landscape-scale project to sign up to become accredited...
January 19, 2020
*NOW CLOSED* Invitation to Tender – Great North Fen
THIS TENDER OPPORTUNITY HAS NOW CLOSED ...
January 6, 2020
How to Make Money from the Land
This April we will be hosting a major conference for the North East England Nature Partnership on how land managers can create profitable businesses ...
December 12, 2019
2000 Years of Food & Festive Fun
On 5th December we invited guests to Discover Brightwater’s Festive Heritage as we celebrate 2000 year’s of food and festive fun with our friends ...
Your Brightwater Needs You!
Ready to save the planet or dig up the dirt on your ancestors?
Whatever the reason Brightwater needs you to help restore, reveal and celebrate life around the River Skerne.
Events & Booking System
Discover Brightwater, Can you keep a secret?
Thought not… Which I why we invite you to come along and tell your friends about some of the great things happening in our patch.
Historical buildings project – Register an interest
Could you be the face of Brightwater?
Thursday 27th February 10am - 3pm
Every Wednesday from January 8th 3.45 pm to 5.30 pm
and win a prize
Build up your muscles, lose weight and make friends.
But if you don’t want to volunteer for us then you could just tear yourself away from Fortnite and see if you can find the hidden link within our website.
Contact us with the secret code to be entered into our prize draw.
Alternatively you could press
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