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Explore Chopwell Woodland Park
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.6/5)

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.

Ride the Super 6

Super6webgraphic6 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!

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Great first visit today. The poor weather must have scared the masses away on this Easter Sunday but it was so tranquil. We enjoyed every second. The only down side was no bins at all, not even for our doggy waste. Is it at all possible for a bin to be placed in each car park?

We also saw quite a few 'dog parcels' on our walk, many of which had been bagged by owners. Maybe there would be less around if there was a suitable receptacle on site.

Cathy Lawson, 16/Apr/2017

Chopwell Wood is a free site to visit and as such we are unable to provide bins and the resources that are required to manage them and the rubbish this would produce. We ask all visitors to take responsibility for their rubbish and take it home - and this includes dog waste.

Forestry Commission Response

I had my 3 French Bulldogs there for a very long walk today. The woods are beautiful, there are plenty of paths off the main tracks so we 'off-roaded ' most of the walk. Hardly saw a soul.

I let the dogs run about when no one else was about, there were a couple of groups of walkers on the main paths, some with dogs. Everyone immediately put their dogs on the leash as we approached, no problem, no incidents just good dog walking manners.

Thoroughly enjoyed my day off in chopwell woods with the dogs. I usually only go for a Christmas tree but will be a regular in future. We are very lucky to have this, the derwent walk, gibside and watergate park so close together and so well looked after.

Christine Howard , 30/Nov/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

I've already commented on my previous walk along the Red Trail which was well marked right up to Coal Tubs way, then we didn't see any Red arrow and we turned Left and as I've said ended up in Chopwell. However we done this walk again yesterday and when we got to the top of the trail past Diggers Folly and up to Coal Tubs way we saw the Red Arrow Marker pointing walkers to the right. I think this marker must have just been put in , so thank you to the forestry rangers. We are coming back soon to do the green walk. We really love Chopwell woods

Catherine rose slater , 10/Oct/2016
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Last updated: 12th October 2016

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Horse riding
  • Information
  • Picnic
  • Running
  • 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


OS Grid ref: NZ137586
Postcode: NE39 1LT

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

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