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.
Please, for you own safety, don’t walk along the Powerline Cycle Trail – this route is for mountain bikers only.
The Chopwell Trails leaflet is being updated, and we are sorry but there is no download copy available at the moment. There is some additional information available for visitors on the Forestry England website https://www.forestryengland.uk/chopwell-wood
Chopwell Walking Trails Leaflet – (PDF)
Heritage Sites – 1 to 16 – Map shown below (sorry but this map is also in need of update).
|Easy Access Trail||0.4 mls (0.6 km)||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 on this trail will be removed soon as they are each 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.