County Durham Nature and Wildlife Attractions

Co. Durham Nature and Wildlife Reserves and Attractions, tourist and visitor information, many with brief details of disabled access. Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the Bedfordshire Attractions and Heritage pages. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring counties to see what else there is in the area.

We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed, where we have them.


Blackhall Rocks Local Nature Reserve - 193 acres, 500 mtr accessible trail, on Durham Coast has coastal path running through the site - see PDF Download


Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve - 221 hectares of woodland and lowland grassland. Parts of the reserve remain almost unaltered by man since the Ice Age. Abundant wild flowers and woodland birds - The Dene is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs due to rough paths and steep banks. Accessible toilet is available daily during office hours and other times by arrangement - PDF Download


Hardwick Country Park, Sedgefield - historic parkland, lake, woodland and wildlife. Cafe, shop - visitor centre is fully accessible for people with disabilities and the circuit walk is accessible to visitors of all abilities


Hamsterley Forest - 2000 hectares of mixed woodland, cafe, information point, cycle hire, walks, wildlife watching, adventure play area - Riverside Trail from main car park to Low Redford picnic area falls within requirements for wheelchair accessibility in terms of gradient and surface


Houghall Arboretum & Pinetum - part of East Durham College - has one of the best collections of trees in the north of England. The College is responsible for maintaining the National Collection of Sorbus Sections Aria and Micromeles. Some of these trees are very rare in cultivation and the wild, with only a few specimens remaining in their natural habitat. Plant Centre, Coffee Shop we have no accessibility info on this site


Thorpe Farm Centre - Greta Bridge, County Durham - country park, farm shop, café, play area, reclamation barn - we have no accessibility info on this site


Wynyard Hall Gardens - With over 3,000 roses from floribundas and climbing roses, to the statement English rose, Wynyard Hall is set to be home to one of the largest rose gardens in the UK, Visitor Centre / cafe - we have no accessibility info on this site


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