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.
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.
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).
There are no parking charges at Chopwell Wood.
There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?
For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:
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