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4 Stars 4 Stars

I took my dog for a lovley long walk yesterday. Would of been 5 stars but braken is a bit over grown in certain sections of woodland we saw loads of butterflies lady birds and other wildlife. I advise use of insect reppellant for the flies. Glad I moved back cant wait till autunm

Margaret Robinson, 10/Aug/2018

Fantastic walk today followed boundary route well managed woodland

Anonymous, 11/Jun/2018
3 Stars 3 Stars

Lovely walks but not very well sign posted. If it wasnt for asking dog walkers we wouldnt of know where to go .

Anonymous, 8/Jun/2018

Are any of the walks suitable for prams?

Becki, 1/May/2018

It all depends on how 'off road' your buggy is. As with all forests, there will be rough patches and steeper sections. The forest road network provides a better alternative as these roads are surfaced with stone and wide enough for other users to pass.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Good for long walks with your family

Gary, 2/Mar/2018

Do they have a camp site ?

Anonymous, 10/Dec/2017

There is no overnight camping permitted in Chopwell Wood

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Can you take dogs?

Anonymous, 7/Nov/2017

Dogs are welcome in the wood off the lead but under control. Please note there are no dog bins in Chopwell Wood so you are required to bag and take home any waste deposited around picnic sites and car parks. In the wider wood, you can 'stick and flick' dog waste off paths and into the deeper undergrowth.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Fantastic woods, really enjoyed the visit today but could have got hopelessly lost as a couple of posts were missing their green arrows and guessed which route to take at a junction. Reaching the car park again, saw a notice board with a note explaining that some signage was being changed and to memorise the walks. Need better signage at entrance to car park to look at board please.orx

Caroline, 18/Oct/2017

Is there toilet facilities in chopwell woods.

Anonymous, 22/Sep/2017

Sorry, there are no toilet facilities for visitors in the wood.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

I love walking chopwell. I moved away a few years ago but I am moving back as I miss these woods so much and there pull to them is over powering. The autumnal colours was spectacular last time I walked there.

M. Robinson, 20/Sep/2017

In the late 1960's I had a friend who lived with his parents in the Woodcutter's Cottage in Chopwell Wood. His name was John H **** ( unfortunately I've forgotten his surname ) and he was brought up in the area and attended local schools. I wondered if someone might remember the family .

Gordon Ferguson, 9/Aug/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

Love Chopwell woods. It's a fantastic place where my chocolate lab can run free and get all the sniffs in she needs. Also great for my son to explore the trails on his bike. The only reason I haven't given 5 stars is the lack of signage for trails at the moment. We got lost a few times yesterday as we couldn't see the markers showing us which way to go. I think it would also be a good idea to have a toilet facility in the main car park. An eco friendly one would suffice which would require practically no upkeep bar replenishing toilet paper and hand wash.

Madge, 30/Jul/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Bombed the mountain bike trails fell off a few times but had a blast the people refurbishing the trails are realy nice and weren't bovered by me going past them.wish there was an easier way up.

Jonathan McClen, 29/May/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Have been to chopwell quite few times never disappointed the grandchildren and dogs love it great way to spend family time togtherlove it

jeanette cooke, 12/May/2017
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.

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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

Me and hubby went for a red trail walk today and it was really lovely until we couldn't find the red arrow and ended up crossing a road walking up a public footpath that brought us into Chopwell village from there we made our way high spen and eventually found our way back to the car park

Catherine Rose Slater , 22/Sep/2016
4 Stars 4 Stars

I have always been fond of chopwell woods but in the past couple of weeks my dog has been attacked twice. First incident was a guy with two staffys luckily I got my dog up and away from them quickly before they could get a hold of my dog and second incident a large lady with two large mongrels one of which decided to use my dog as a rag doll until I kicked it off. This woman was screaming at her dog as it ran towards my dog why not keep it on a lead it seems to me as she knew what was about to happen. If it wasn't for the carelessness and inconsideration of others then chopwell would be perfect as it is a well kept woodland for all to enjoy. This is a warning to anyone visiting with small dogs or children.

Concerned dog owner, 14/Sep/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

We had an excellent day in the sunshine walking in chopwell woods. Like others have commented we tried to follow the red route but signs just stopped ! We met 4 others also puzzled by the red route and which way to go next! Thanks to a very helpful local resident who showed us how to get back to the main carpark . Overall it certainly did not spoil a great day in a great place - we will do the green walk next and test out the signs for that! Thanks to everyone involved in the upkeep of this special place.

Anonymous, 30/Aug/2016

Signage really bad.Tried to follow red route and as soon as you get to a fork in the path with multiple routes then the signs stop, and your reduced to guessing and ending in walking miles out of your way and getting lost.

Anonymous, 5/Aug/2016

Sorry you had difficulty following the waymarked trails. Our team are currently strimming the vegetation around all the posts and the high vegetation may have obscured some of the posts. We will also recheck the red trail to ensure all the posts are still there and have not been vandalised.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Had wonderful experience today in woods having walked these woods from being an infant,and lived in Victoria garesfied, today I saw my first ever silver Fox...totally silver must have been young over 60 years of walking wow a delight.

Mrs Louise murdy, 13/Apr/2016

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