Plessey Woods Country Park & The Visitors Centre
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Plessey Woods Country Park is located near Hartford Bridge, off
the A192, mid way between Bedlington and Cramlington and about 5
miles south of Morpeth.
The Park offers 100 acres of woodland, meadow and riverside to
explore. The woodland is home to many birds such as the great
spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and tree creeper, as well as animals
including red squirrel, roe deer and fox. The banks of the River
Blyth are also an important habitat for wildlife, such as
kingfishers, dippers and otters.
People have come to Plessey Woods for generations to enjoy the
woods and the river. Known locally as Bluebell Woods, the country
park is an ideal place for a family day out with great
opportunities for getting close to nature.
Come and join us for one of the many events that are organised
throughout the year. Enjoy a scenic riverside walk or take a path
deep into the woodland, learning more about the park as you go by
following one of our self-guided trails.
Exploring the park
Surfaced paths suitable pushchairs run from the visitor centre
through the woods to the river.
A full circuit of the park is about 1½ miles (2.5km) and
includes some steep steps and grass paths.
Horse riders and cyclists can use the way marked bridleways
within the park but off path riding or mountain biking is not
The park is a great place for walking dogs but dog walkers are
encouraged to keep dogs under control and to be considerate towards
other park users by clearing away dog faeces into the bins
provided. If walking dogs near the park boundary or on the rights
of way outside the park, extra care should be taken to keep dogs
under close control to avoid worrying farm stock.
The visitor centre
The visitor centre and cafe is open is open from 11.00am to
4.00pm on Saturdays, Sundays, bank holidays (apart from Christmas
Day and Boxing Day) and school holidays, all year round. It's a
great place to start and end your visit. Staff are on hand at busy
periods to help you make the most of your visit. When the centre is
open you can buy an assortment of books, maps and gifts, as well as
have a cup of tea and a light snack in the cafe.
A range of leaflets and local information is available,
including three self-guided trails around the country park, and
maps of the orienteering course.
All of the visitor centre is on the ground floor, and a disabled
toilet and parking space is provided.
There is a young children's play area near the visitor
The toilets are open from dawn to dusk every day.
To find out how to get there by public
transport view bus company information here
Information for visitors with disabilities
Easy gradients provide access into the visitor centre where
toilet facilities are available. A wide firm path leads from the
car park through the woods and along the riverside, although steep
gradients mean that access by wheelchair can be difficult. There
are seats around the park. Vehicle access to the riverside can be
arranged by prior booking at the visitor centre.
The park gates are open to vehicles during daylight hours and a
small charge is made for parking. You are advised not to leave any
valuables in your car.
Picnic areas with tables are provided near the visitor centre
and throughout the park. Barbecues may be used in picnic areas, but
please remove all remains and don't scorch the grass or tables.
A permanent orienteering course exists in the park. Why not give
this exciting outdoor pursuit a try? Maps and guidance notes are
available at the visitor centre.
Visits from educational or social groups are welcome but
unfortunately staff time is not normally available for guided
visits. If you intend to bring a large group or may require special
arrangements or facilities, please phone first.
Only organised groups such as Guides and Scouts are allowed to
camp in the country park. Bookings should be made in advance.
Many educational visits are made to the park throughout the
year. It is an ideal place to learn about everything from woodlice
to willows! Staff are available to help teachers and group leaders
plan a visit. Bookings for assisted visits should be made in
The River Blyth
The river Blyth is a clean and attractive river providing
habitat for a range of wildlife from trout to otters. Fishing is
allowed on the river by permit and is controlled and administered
by the Bedlington and Blagdon Angling Association. Details from the
Plessey Banks on the south side of the River Blyth is managed as
a nature sanctuary. This area is unsuitable for visitors due to
unstable steep shale banks and numerous old, uncharted mine
The river Blyth is a clean river but the rock shelves on the
river bed can be very slippery. Swimming and paddling in the river
is not recommended.
Out and about beyond the park
Public rights of way link Plessey Woods with the surrounding
countryside. (See Ordnance Survey Explorer maps numbers 325 and
316, both available for sale at the visitor centre.) Country Park,
managed by Wansbeck District Council, is next door to the country
park. It is accessible via the signposted footpath east of Plessey
Woods off the A1068 Bedlington road.
For more details contact:
Location: Plessey Woods Country Park, Shields
Road, Plessey, Nr Bedlington, Northumberland NE22 6HZ.
Telephone: Morpeth 824793.
Country park parking permit
You can purchase an annual parking permit to park your car at
the Council's country parks without needing purchase a daily
ticket. For more information on country park parking permits