The Wood is now open but please adhere to any onsite signage as some trails remain closed due to storm damage
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Chopwell 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.

How to find us

How to find us
Rowlands Gill, Gateshead
Sat Nav Postcode: NE39 1LT
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. 

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).

OS Grid Ref
NZ137586

54.9136788, -1.7860385

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Chopwell Wood. 

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area

Contact details

Welcome to Chopwell Wood, with miles of paths allowing fantastic access for walking and cycling

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.

At a glance

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Picnic area
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Jointly funded by Forestry England and the Friends of Chopwell Wood, this is a circular walk through the pine woodland adjacent to the main car park. The trail has a specially laid surface with no inclines, making it ideal for access by wheelchair users and as a starting point for those taking the first steps into woodland recreation. A number of picnic tables scattered along the trail also make it the perfect spot for lunch or a read of the Sunday papers! Of particular interest on this walk are the Spirit and Orchid sculptures.

Take part in the worlds largest treasure hunt!

Geocaching is an increasingly popular activity that utilises GPS technology to locate and find hidden objects.

If you simply enjoy the fun and challenge of looking and finding caches you are welcome to access our land on foot without seeking specific permission from us. Please abide by Forestry England's byelaws and GAGB Geocachers Code of Conduct. In addition please abide by all temporary signing where forest operations such as timber harvesting or other activities such as motor sports are taking place.

Horse riders are welcome in Chopwell and can explore the varied woodland paths throughout the woods.

The Chopwell Wood Horse Riding Association represents local riders, and holds various events each year.  You can find them on Facebook.

Why not try your hand at orienteering, a map reading challenge for all levels.

The aim for everyone is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. If you are a little more competitive the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time.

There is one orienteering permanent course in the forest which has been specially designed for beginners and school groups. Anybody can have a go!  

To purchase a map, contact Friends of Chopwell Wood

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Close up of spruce tree trunk

Overlooking Derwent Reservoir, Slaley Forest is home to a selection of forest roads which give you access to the forest.

Open all year, come rain or shine, the forest is a great location for a leisurely woodland walk or bike ride.  

 

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Escape the hustle and bustle of the everyday at County Durham’s largest forest. 

From wildlife watching to stargazing, and adventure play for all the family to exhilarating mountain biking, there is something to keep everyone busy.

Conifer shadow forest

Located to the east of Kielder Forest, Fourlaws is a popular site in the heart of the Ridsdale community.

The forest offers visitors great walking opportunities and some unique views over Chesterhope Common.

Picnic table at sunrise

More than just a picture perfect spot for your next picnic, Warksburn is overlooked by the famous Totem Poles of Stonehaugh village, adding some fascinating depth to the view from your picnic. 

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