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Chopwell Woodland Park

About

Chopwell Wood really is a wood for everyone. This 360-hectare mixed woodland is a real gem, set right on the fringe of Gateshead and was designated as a Woodland Park in 1993. 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. The Forestry Commission now has a national policy that means that now only native trees will be planted on PAWS sites.

 

 

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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.


OS Grid Reference: NZ137586

Public Transport Directions

Buses operated by ‘Go Ahead Northeast’ connect the wood with Newcastle City Centre, Newcastle Central Station and the Metrocentre (service numbers 47 and 47A). Visitors from Consett 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).

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Opening Times

2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

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