Know before you go
Mixed terrain. At this time there is limited public access with no footpaths and uneven fields.
Access and Parking
Parking is available off Whittonstall Road in Chopwell.
There is a regular bus service from Newcastle and the Metrocentre Exchange to Chopwell but there is still a walk to the reserve entrance. Private transport is recommended.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen all hours
Best time to visitAnytime
About the reserve
Located to the west of Chopwell, these grasslands occupy part of the site of the former Chopwell Colliery.
Adjacent to DWT’s Milkwellburn Wood reserve, whilst the grasslands are still in their early stages of development, they still provide nectar sources for butterflies and bees as well as breeding opportunities for ground nesting birds such as skylark.
A grazing regime is in place to ensure that the quality of the meadows continues to improve.
DWT took over the management of this reserve from Gateshead Council in June 2014 and will continue the work to develop the area for wildlife.