Chopwell Wood is around 360 hectares of mixed woodland. The huge network of roads, trails, tracks and paths, that criss-cross the Wood, allowing visitors to access every area easily.
We will follow some parts of the marked trails. However, we will also swap to various other routes, throughout the walk, to ensure we visit the most interesting parts of the wood.
If we are very lucky, we might see a Red Kite. If not, we will pass the Red Kite sculpture, along with several other alternative artworks. We will also pass remnants of mining history and cross the old disused railway line, that runs through the wood.
Chopwell Wood has been managed for centuries and before that was part of the wild wood that covered large swathes of Britain. In the past, the wood from Chopwell was used to build warships. More recently, it has been the source of local Christmas trees.
The Forestry Commission designated Chopwell Wood as a Woodland Park in 1993, prioritising recreation and leisure over forestry. Close to 200,000 visitors use this park every year.