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Explore Coatham Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

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 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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What do other visitors say?

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Thanks for fixing the stile on the footpath to the woods at the end of Long Newton playing field.

Sue Giles, 9/Feb/2018

Thank you for the comment Sue.

Forestry Commission Response
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A map of Coatham Wood showing the arrowed walks and all the footpaths would be really helpful. Is there one?

Sue Giles, 18/Jan/2018

Thank you for the comment Sue. Unfortunately we don't have a map showing the routes but the header board signage located in the car park shows the routes and explains the markings. Hope you enjoy walking at Coatham!

Forestry Commission Response
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I live in Long Newton so Coatham Wood is outside my back door. I love to walk there but it is looking a bit neglected. Some of the stiles need repairing - particularly the one from Long Newton Playing field, which is very well used. Also some of the posts marking the arrowed routes have fallen down. Who is responsible for the maintenance? I still think the wood is great, we saw two deer and a fox last week and regularly hear owls at night at our house which backs on to the playing field. The forest is a great asset.

Sue Giles, 18/Jan/2018

Thank you for the comments Sue. We are going to undertake some work to renew the walking way-markers so hopefully this will be done very soon. We will look into the stiles as we were not aware of this and need to ascertain who is responsible for their maintenance. Many thanks!

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Last updated: 3rd July 2018

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


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