There is an Easy Access trail near the main car park. There are two colour coded trails from the car park – please follow the blue or green arrow waymarker posts. A trail from near the entrance at Hookergate/High Spen, takes visitors off the tarmac road and away from traffic through the Wood to the main car park – this is waymarked with orange arrows. A “Cruck Frame” by Malcolm Lemmon was sited on the entrance trail, but had begun to rot and was removed in 2019.
Be aware that the Heritage “Aad Man’s” Bridge on the old Red trail has now been removed as it was unstable and the wood was rotting. The path either side leading to the bridge has also been closed.
Please, for you own safety, don’t walk along the Powerline Cycle Trail – this route is for mountain bikers only.
A new updated Walking Trails map leaflet available FREE to download from here. An additional waymarked trail has been added, follow the yellow markers on the 1 mile circular Pitman’s Walk starting just south of the car park. There is also a temporary Wellbeing Trail on this route for the summer.
There is some additional information available for visitors on the Forestry England website, and the leaflet is also available for download there https://www.forestryengland.uk/chopwell-wood
|Easy Access Trail||0.3 mls (0.5km)||Funded by the “Friends”, a circular route around the pine woodland next to the main car park with a specially laid level surface, making it accessible for wheelchair users (horse & bike riders are requested not to use this route). The “Woodland Spirit” and “Orchid” sculptures were on this trail but have been removed as they were rotting at the base.|
|Easy||Allow 20 mins +|
Forestry England recommends waterproofs and hiking boots when walking in Chopwell Wood.
Horse riders and cyclists are welcome to use the firm-surfaced routes. However, some unsurfaced paths are not suitable for horse riding or mountain biking. The Easy Access Trail in particular has been installed especially for the less able, and this short circular route has a special surface which is not suitable for horses and cycles.