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Explore Coatham Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Coatham wood, situated near Stockton, inbetween Long-Newton and Egglescliffe, is a newly planted community woodland, with the first trees planted in 1999.

Female Tawny owlA fantastic young woodland with a mix of broadleaved and conifer trees, ponds and meadows makes it a great habitat for all kinds of wildlife.  Look out for Newts and dragonflies around the ponds, or you may even spot a deer grazing in one of the open areas. All 5 native species of owl have been spotted on the site.

Dog on lead close-upThere are 2 waymarked routes and an orienteering course to help you find your way around the site or just wander along the many mown rides.

There is a small car park just off Long-Newton Lane.

Horse riding is by permit only.

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Coatham Wood Dog Activity Trail
  • Easy
Coatham Wood Dog Activity Trail, Yorkshire Forest District

What do other visitors say?

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Can you please tell me why all the dog activity and hurdles etc for the dogs have been taken down?

Jackie, 11/Aug/2016

Due to deterioration we have had to remove this facility. We unfortunately will not be replacing the items due to cost and also research suggesting that the course was under used by visitors to the site.

Forestry Commission Response
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I have enjoyed a walk at Coatham woods yesterday with my dogs but was not happy with a incident in the woods with a horse rider. What are the rules and why would horses be allowed in an area where lots of dogs are walking? There is lots of damage to the footpath in the woods and also large pot holes in the green route pathways where the horses have been. What areas are they permitted to go? Is there a highlighted map so I know what areas to avoid with my dogs? Also I'm glad to see that there is now bins in the car park but they where full when do they get emptied? Thanks

James , 19/Jun/2016

Thanks for the feedback. Horses should only be using designated areas and we would be happy to discuss these with you if you contact us on 0300 067 4300. The bins at Coatham are due to be emptied weekly as this is the only time the council waste truck drives past the site. Thanks again for your comments!

Forestry Commission Response

Found this place today and spent around an hour here just having a look around, first impressions...lovely place...but such a shame about the dog foul that you have to dodge when walking and the smell it leaves in the air and this was noticeable immediately on the tracks around the car park area where bins are provided, that said we will return to walk further into the routes then we can rate the area properly, in the meantime we hold out hope that dog owners take on the responsibility of cleaning up after their pets.

Anonymous, 12/Jun/2016
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Last updated: 24th October 2016

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What's Here?

  • Dogs
  • Horse riding
  • Parking
  • Trail (easy)
  • Walking
  • Trail (moderate)


OS Grid ref: NZ390160

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