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Watergate Forest Park

Watergate Forest Park
Watergate Forest Park is located on the site of the former Watergate colliery. Following reclamation work in the 1990's the site has been transformed and now provides a haven for wildlife and a great recreational site for visitors. A series of trails and paths take you through woodland, around the lake and through wildflower meadows. The site opened in 2000.

With its wetlands, woodlands, wildflower meadows and recreational routes, including those for people with disabilities, this is one of Gateshead's Premier sites. The park also includes the Woodlands at Washingwell and Bucks Hill.


Walking trails: There are two main walking trails around the park. A 1.4 mile circular walk around the lake provides a great opportunity to see the wildlife that lives in the park. Whereas, the 3 mile Watergate and Washingwell Wander route takes in views of natural and historic features as well as the sculptures along the way. 

Cycle and horse trails: The Watergate Riders' route circular walk is a mixture of both permissive and official bridleways as well as restricted byways. Suitable for cyclists and horse riders also giving walkers an alternative 3.25 mile or 5.4 km trail.

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Off Whickham Highway at Lobley Hill


NE11 9RQ

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Gateshead Council Countryside Team
Waste Services and Ground Maintenance,
Local Environmental Services,
Park Road, Gateshead

0191 433 7412