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Countryside sites and country parks

Ousbrough Wood
Ousbrough Wood

Did you know there are over 20 countryside sites in Gateshead
including some amazing ancient meadows and woodlands?

There are also new sites which the council has reclaimed from the ashes of our industrial past to improve our environment and create new places for people and wildlife.

For more information about the sites you can visit our Visitor Centres at Swalwell and Thornley Woodlands, or download our site leaflets.

Thornley Visitor Centre is manned by Volunteer Rangers who will be happy to help you enjoy your visit.

Council owned countryside sites for great family days out

Smaller council countryside sites for wildlife watching and local history on your doorstep!

Other notable countryside sites owned or managed by other organisations:

Gibside Estate (National Trust)

Milkwellburn Wood (Durham Wildlife Trust)

Chopwell Woods (Forestry Commission)

Hedley Hall – near Sunniside (Woodland Trust)

Clara Vale Nature Reserve (Clara Vale Conservation Group)

Bowes Valley Nature Reserve (SITA)

In addition, the council owns a large amount of other accessible natural greenspace sites across Gateshead. These areas, which whilst not managed as countryside sites, are still accessible to the public. 

For more information on the total coverage of all greenspaces in Gateshead, see our Accessible Natural Greenspace Map (2.3Mb)