Old Railway Footpath
This is a level, moderately easy walk along wide forest roads and tracks. The route incorporates part of the old railway line that used to carry coal from Chopwell and High Spen Collieries to Derwenthaugh Cokeworks. A restored example of the railway trucks can be found where the forest road joins the railway line.
Good walking surfaces and only one short uphill climb make this the ideal first foray into the heart of the woodland.
Chopwell Wood, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, NE39 1LT
Grade - Moderate
1.5 miles (2.5 km)