Plessey Woods Country Park & The Visitors Centre

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Overview

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.Plessey Woods Country Park visitor centre

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.

cows at plessey woods

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 allowed.

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.

Plessey Woods Country Park

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 centre.

The toilets are open from dawn to dusk every day.

Public transport

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.

Car parking

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

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.

Orienteering

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.

Blue Bell Forest

Group visits

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.

Camping

Only organised groups such as Guides and Scouts are allowed to camp in the country park. Bookings should be made in advance.

Countryside classroom

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 advance.

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 visitor centre.

Safety information

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 shafts.

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.

Contact information

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 click here.