Activity timetable for Chopwell Wood

Chopwell Wood offers a variety of activities as part of the Feel Good in the Forest project. They are free to take part in and include optional time at the end for refreshments and socialising. People can self-refer or be referred by a support organisation or worker.

Monday activities

  • 12.00-1.00pm: Forest Fit

Improve your physical and mental wellbeing by immersing yourself in nature for a workout in the wood. Exercises can be adapted to cater for all abilities.

  • 1.00-3.00pm: Progressive Pedalling

Keen to get cycling but not sure where to start? These sessions are designed to encourage and support adults to try cycling – for those new to cycling and those who haven't ridden for a while. Come along to build confidence on two wheels and improve your fitness too.

Tuesday activities

  • 1.15-2.00pm: Gentle Exercise

Join this session to improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength, balance and stability. Classes can be adapted to suit individual needs and activities are done at everyone’s pace.

Wednesday activities 

  • 10.00am-12.00pm (fortnightly): Evergreens activity group

This woodland group takes part in a range of hands-on outdoor activities. No week is the same: one week might be gardening and the next might be creating things out of wood. All sessions can be adapted to suit individual needs.

  • 1.00-2.00pm: Health walk 

Enjoy a gentle guided walk around the various paths and trails in Chopwell Wood. Two options of distances are available for each walk. 

  • 2.30-3.30pm: Archery

This fun and informal archery class has a range of games and challenges to keep it enjoyable and is suitable for all abilities.

Friday activities

  • 10.00-11.30am: Walking Football

This session includes all the health benefits of football, just with reduced levels of stress and exertion while playing. Come along for a kickabout in a fantastic woodland setting. 

  • 10.00-11.30am: Reading Ramblers

Take a book for a walk! Join the reading for wellbeing team and Forestry England for a guided walk around Chopwell Wood. Listen to an audiobook while you wander or get lost in a book while forest bathing before regrouping to enjoy a cuppa and a chat.

Booking information

To book your place, or for more information, please contact Lucy Brenkley, Active Forests Coordinator by emailing or calling 07771 885084.

Useful information

Chopwell Wood, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, NE39 1LT
The entrance to the car park is in the Hookergate area of High Spen village, off the B6315. Post code NE39 1LT
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Activities can be adapted to suit all abilities