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Explore Chopwell Woodland Park
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

Colour rating today: turned golden turned golden

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.

You can walk for miles!

No two parts of this varied woodland are the same and spectacular views of the River Derwent and North Pennines await discovery.

Go for a spin on your bike

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 riding

Horse riders are welcome in the forest.

Upcoming events

Find out what's on in Chopwell Wood.

Friends of 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?

I have been going up chopwell wood as long as I can remember. As I am a keen moutain biker I like to see well maintained tracks this is not the case up here, most of it is fine but the woodend tracks are deadly in the wet!. And I would like to see something put down on top e.g chicken wire and anti slip paint put down.

Anonymous, 6/Sep/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

I've always loved Chopwell Wood, it is such a great amenity so close to the city. I took my 2 young kids along to a family volunteer day last Saturday and we worked on the tree trail, cutting back the overgrown sycamores to give the more special trees a chance to flourish. We all had a brilliant day felling, lopping and pruning and could see that our efforts had made a real difference. Highly recommended.

Dave, 13/Aug/2014

Re the complaint about FoCW not answering emails. Not sure what this is about, as our inbox has no unanswered emails. Can only assume an incorrect address was used. As volunteers we do try our best, but do so in our spare time, and sometimes we can be away or ill.

Friends of Chopwell Wood, 16/Jun/2014

For clarification, the Friends of Chopwell Wood email address is info@friendsofchopwellwood.org.uk

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Horse riding
  • Information
  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • Cycling
  • Two blue grade trails and one red grade (the 'Powerline') all start in the main car park.
  • Dogs
  • There are no dog bins provided in the wood. Please take all bagged dog waste home with you or flick unbagged waste off the paths and into the undergrowth. Don't give your dog a bad name!
  • Easy Access
  • A short easy-going trail loops round the woodland to the south of the car park. Many forest roads are also accessible by wheelchair with assistance.
  • Educational
  • A short easy-going trail loops round the woodland to the south of the car park. Many forest roads are also accessible by wheelchair with assistance.
  • Prehistoric
  • A number of sites relating to the industrial heritage of the area are located within the wood, including colliery works and old railway line.
  • Orienteering
  • A permanent orienteering course aimed at school groups and beginners with accompanying map is available. Maps can be ordered from Liz Searle, Friends of Chopwell Wood, by calling 01207 542495.
  • Parking
  • Parking is in the main car park, accessed by single track road from Hookergate, High Spen.
  • Walking
  • Four waymarked walking trails start from the main car park
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: NZ137586
Postcode: NE39 1LT

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Contact

Hamsterley Forest

01388 488312
enquiries.hamsterley@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Parking
Parking is in the main car park, accessed by single track road from Hookergate, High Spen.

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