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

Activities at Chopwell Wood

Families enjoying a walk in the forest
Easy access trail at Chopwell Wood
Family walking Forest of Dean generic
Geocaching at Chopwell Wood
Ladies riding on Horses through the woodlands
Horse riding at Chopwell Wood
Group of three people walking past a tree
Orienteering at Chopwell Wood
Running trainers on forest floor
parkrun at Chopwell Wood
Group having picnic forest of dean
Picnics at Chopwell Wood
Man on mountain bike going round tight corner on trail in the forest
Powerline mountain bike trail at Chopwell Wood
four pairs of legs and feet running
Running trails at Chopwell Wood
Man and woman observing the texture of a tree
Sensory Walk at Chopwell Wood
Man walking dog along woodland trail
Walking trails at Chopwell Wood
Woman walking through the forest towards sunbeams
Wellbeing trail at Chopwell Wood

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Close up of spruce tree trunk

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Conifer shadow forest

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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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