Plessey Woods Country Park is located near Hartford Bridge, off the A192, mid-way between Bedlington and Cramlington and about five miles south of Morpeth.
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.
About Plessey Woods Country Park
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 the 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.
Fishing is allowed on the river by permit and is controlled and administered by the Bedlington and Blagdon Angling Association. Details are available from the visitor centre.
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.
Only organised groups such as guides and scouts are allowed to camp in the country park. Bookings should be made in advance.
Exploring Plessey Woods Country Park
A full circuit of the park is about 1½ miles (2.5km) and includes some steep steps and grassy paths. Surfaced paths suitable for pushchairs run from the visitor centre through the woods to the river. There is no public vehicle access to the riverside.
Horse riders and cyclists can use bridleways within the park. However, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Plessey Woods visitor centre
The visitor centre and café is open is open from 10.30am-4pm 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. An assortment of books, maps and gifts are available, as well as a cup of tea and light snack in the café.
A range of leaflets and local information is available, including three self-guided trails around the country park and maps of the orienteering course.
There is a children's play area near the visitor centre. The toilets are open from dawn to dusk every day.
Public transport to Plessey Woods
Plessey Woods - information for visitors with disabilities
Easy gradients provide access into the visitor centre, which is on the ground floor, and a disabled toilet and parking space is provided.
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.
Car parking at Plessey Woods
The park gates are open to vehicles during daylight hours and parking is free of charge. You are advised not to leave any valuables in your car.
Please ensure you remove your car in the evening by the closure time stated on the signs.
Plessey Wood - countryside classroom
Many educational visits are made to the park throughout the year. It’s 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.
Plessey Wood 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 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 Plessey Woods
Public rights of way link Plessey Woods with the surrounding countryside (see Ordnance Survey Explorer maps numbers 325 and 316). Bedlington Country Park, also managed by the county council, is next door to Plessey Woods. It’s accessible via the signposted footpath east of Plessey Woods, off the A1068 Bedlington road.
Plessey Woods - contact information
Plessey Woods Country Park
Plessey, Nr Bedlington