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Chopwell Woodland Park - Planning your visit

How much does it cost?Mixed autumn woodland beside the river Derwent. Chopwell wood.

A visit to Chopwell Woodland Park is absolutely free!

When is it open?

The Wood never closes and access is available to the main car park 24 hours a day. Please note that neither the access road or car park are lit after dark.

What facilities are there?

To help you enjoy the spectacular woodland, there are four waymarked walks and three waymarked cycle trails. Scattered throughout the wood are picnic tables, benches and a host of fascinating sculptures. An information board in the main car park helps you orientate yourself.

How to get there?

Chopwell Woodland Park is located in historic Derwent Valley, 11 miles (17km) from Gateshead and Newcastle City Centres.

On foot: Chopwell Woodland Park is superbly well connected with surrounding communities. It is possible to access the wood from Chopwell village, High Spen, Blackhall Mill and Highfield. In addition, the Red Kite Trail (starting at Derwenthaugh Country Park) connects the wood with other red kite watching sites in the lower Derwent Valley.

By Public Transport: Buses operated by ‘Go Ahead Northeast’ connect the wood with Newcastle City Centre, Newcastle Central Station and the Metrocentre (service number 47). Visitors from Consett (service number 45 or 46) can connect with this bus at Rowlands Gill.

The bus stop for these services is on Hookergate Lane in High Spen, located at the entrance to the road access into the wood. From the bus stop, the trailhead in the main car park is a ten-minute walk along both tarmac road (100 metres) and waymarked forest trail (700 metres).

By Car: The wood is not signposted until the entrance in the village of High Spen (B6315). Access to the B6315 from the south is off the A694 at Rowlands Gill or from the north at the A695 at Greenside. 

Where to Stay?

Accommodation in the Derwent Valley is in short supply. The majority of provision is in the Newcastle-Gateshead area. There is a caravan park in Rowlands Gill (2 miles southeast of the wood) and further along the valley at Allensford there is a second caravan park. The nearest Youth Hostel is at Edmundbyers, 12 miles (20km) to the west near the A68. There are a number of bed and breakfast establishments in the North Pennines AONB, 10 miles to the west of Chopwell Wood.

The ‘Visit Northumberland’ website has a list of accommodation in the area and runs an online booking service at while 'Visit Durham' has similar information for accommodation to the south in County Durham.

Nearest Tourist Information Centres:
Durham   0191 384 3720
Gateshead (Quays)  0191 478 4222
Newcastle   0191 277 8000


Last updated: 28th August 2017

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