Chopwell Wood really is a wood for everyone. This 360-hectare mixed woodland is a real gem, set right on the fringe of Gateshead and was designated as a Woodland Park in 1993. More recently Chopwell Wood has been recognised as a PAWS (Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site). This means it was an ancient forest but in more recent times it has been planted with modern timber crops. Most of the ancient trees, predominantly oak, were felled in the 17th and 18th century for ship and bridge building the remnants of these still survive on the steep crags above the river Derwent. The Forestry Commission now has a national policy that means that now only native trees will be planted on PAWS sites.
High Spen, Chopwell, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, and Newcastle are the nearest towns or villages.
Chopwell Woodland Park is located in historic Derwent Valley, 11 miles (17km) from Gateshead and Newcastle City Centre.