Blackhall Mill and Chopwell Wood – Oct 2022


Date: Saturday 8 October 2022
Start time: 10:00 am
Distance: 7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate (hills and distance)

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Blackhall Mill and Chopwell Wood

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Chopwell Wood is around 360 hectares of mixed woodland.  The huge network of roads, trails, tracks and paths, that criss-cross the wood, allowing visitors to access every area easily.


Hills: General - AscentKey1-98x27 Hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey1-98x27 Short-Medium distance
Grade: General - GradeKey2-98x27 Moderate (Distance and hills)
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We will meet in Blackhall Mill and follow the river towards Chopwell Wood.

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We will follow some parts of the marked trails.  However, we will also swap to various other routes, throughout the walk, to ensure we visit the most interesting parts of the wood.

If we are very lucky, we might see a Red Kite or some deer.

We will pass remnants of mining history and cross the old disused railway line, that runs through the wood.

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Interesting information

Chopwell Wood has been managed for centuries and before that it was part of the wild wood that covered large swathes of Britain.  In the past, the wood from Chopwell was used to build warships.  More recently, it has been the source of local Christmas trees.

The Forestry Commission designated Chopwell Wood as a Woodland Park in 1993, prioritising recreation and leisure over forestry.  Close to 200,000 visitors use this park every year.

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Uses for Chopwell Wood

History of Chopwell

Bombs proved to be for the crater good

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This shows the start location for this walk.

Nearest postcode: NE17 7TL
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OS Grid Reference: NZ 12048 56859
Toilets: There are no public toilets close to the start of this walk.  Riverview Bakery has toilets for customer use.
Parking: Car park behind Riverview Bakery, in Blackhall Mill.