Chopwell Wood – Jan 2024


Date: Sunday 14 January 2024
Start time: 10.00 am
Distance: 7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

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Chopwell Wood

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.

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Hills: General - AscentKey1-98x27 Small hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey1-98x27 Medium distance
Grade: General - GradeKey2-98x27 Moderate
Map: General - Explorer307-Front-Map-thumb
This walk is on OS maps Explorer 307 Consett & Derwent Reservoir.  Click on map image to buy this map.
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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.  Unfortunately, the sculpture of a Red Kite was destroyed in a storm, some time ago.  There are various artworks and information boards throughtout the wood.  We will also pass remnants of mining history and cross the old disused railway line, that runs through the wood.

After the walk

Our after walk stop is the very popular Riverview Bakery at Blackhall Mill.  They have a wide selection of food, cakes and drinks.

Interesting information

Chopwell Wood has been managed for centuries and before that 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.

Uses for Chopwell Wood

History of Chopwell

Bombs proved to be for the crater good

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Nearest postcode: NE39 1LT
OS Grid Reference:  NZ 13736 58414
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Parking: We will park in the large free car park in the centre of Chopwell Wood.  This is accessed from Hookergate near High Spen, via a road that is signposted “Chopwell Woodland Park”.
Toilets: There are no public toilets close to Chopwell.