This forest access routes in this forest are currently closed due to the damage caused by Storm Arwen.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Access to Holystone Wood can be made 24 hours a day.

How to find us

How to find us
Rothbury, Northumberland
Sat Nav Postcode: NE65 7AX
By Car

Holystone village is signposted from the B6341 (Elsdon to Rothbury road). The Wood is 500 metres west of the village.

OS Grid Ref

55.3130394, -2.0935427

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Holystone 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

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

You won't find a more atmospheric and tranquil woodland than Holystone Wood

Holystone is tucked away in a quiet corner of Coquetdale. The peace and tranquillity of the area attracted a religious order that built a nunnery here in the twelfth century, around which Holystone village grew.

The nunnery has long gone, but the tranquil surroundings remain, offering beautiful walks.

There are waterfalls, crags and plenty of aged broadleaved woodlands which are a delight to walk in at any time of year.

Mountain biking and horse riding are welcome in this wood.

Nearby Holystone Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) jointly managed for conservation purposes by Forestry England and Northumberland Wildlife Trust and lies within Northumberland National Park.

At a glance

  • 1 waymarked trail
  • Walking
  • Mountain biking
  • Horse riding
  • Dogs welcome

Things to do

This is a short route which leads you to the National Trust landmark where St Paulinus supposedly baptised 3000 Northumbrians during Easter week, AD 627.

None of the longer paths and trails within the wood are waymarked, and it is recommended that you take an OS Landranger or Explorer map with you to aid navigation.

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at Holystone Wood. Just bring along good food and company!

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.

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