Chopwell Wood really is a wood for everyone. This 360-hectare mixed woodland is a real gem, set right on the fringe of Gateshead. Miles of paths allow fantastic access, walking and cycling into the heart of this fascinating woodland.
More recently Chopwell Wood has been recognised as a PAWS (Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site). This means it was an ancient forest but in more recent times it has been planted with modern timber crops. Most of the ancient trees, predominantly oak, were felled in the 17th and 18th century for ship and bridge building. The remnants of these still survive on the steep crags above the river Derwent. Today, areas of conifer are being removed to help the wood return one day to it's original cover of native trees.
You can now download the Chopwell walking leaflet.
6 amazing forests in 6 breath-taking locations. Chopwell, Gisburn, Grizedale, Hamsterley, Kielder, Whinlatter are the Super 6! Grab your bike and discover our exhilarating trails!
No two parts of this varied woodland are the same and spectacular views of the River Derwent and North Pennines await discovery.
Just the right size for an evening ride or a quick warm-up for some of the region's other mountain bike hot spots at Hamsterley Forest and Kielder Water and Forest Park.
Horse riders are welcome in the forest.
Find out what's on in Chopwell Wood.
The Friends are a local charity that help look after the wood, raising money and lending practical support to complete recreation, conservation and educational projects. The group celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2012. To find out more about the work they do, events that are on and how you can help the group visit their website or call Liz Searle on 01207 542495.
What do other visitors say?
4 StarsConcerned dog owner, 14/Sep/2016
I have always been fond of chopwell woods but in the past couple of weeks my dog has been attacked twice. First incident was a guy with two staffys luckily I got my dog up and away from them quickly before they could get a hold of my dog and second incident a large lady with two large mongrels one of which decided to use my dog as a rag doll until I kicked it off. This woman was screaming at her dog as it ran towards my dog why not keep it on a lead it seems to me as she knew what was about to happen. If it wasn't for the carelessness and inconsideration of others then chopwell would be perfect as it is a well kept woodland for all to enjoy. This is a warning to anyone visiting with small dogs or children.
5 StarsAnonymous, 30/Aug/2016
We had an excellent day in the sunshine walking in chopwell woods. Like others have commented we tried to follow the red route but signs just stopped ! We met 4 others also puzzled by the red route and which way to go next! Thanks to a very helpful local resident who showed us how to get back to the main carpark . Overall it certainly did not spoil a great day in a great place - we will do the green walk next and test out the signs for that! Thanks to everyone involved in the upkeep of this special place.
Signage really bad.Tried to follow red route and as soon as you get to a fork in the path with multiple routes then the signs stop, and your reduced to guessing and ending in walking miles out of your way and getting lost.
Forestry Commission Response
Sorry you had difficulty following the waymarked trails. Our team are currently strimming the vegetation around all the posts and the high vegetation may have obscured some of the posts. We will also recheck the red trail to ensure all the posts are still there and have not been vandalised.