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A Visit to Wynyard Woodland Park

Wynyard Woodland Park used to be an old railway track used to carry freight along the river tees. It is now a delightful woodland you can explore.

We visited Wynyard Woodland Park yesterday (21/06) I love it here, it is one of those places that just makes your soul happy. As soon as you get out the car you can smell the trees. You know that smell you get in Autumn, I find you get that here all year round.

On our visit we were greeted by some of the friendliest Robins ever. I was changing into my walking shoes and one of the Robins was literally sitting on my shoe. We had food before we headed out on our walk and it was the crumbs they were after. We headed down to the play area first to let the boys blow off some steam followed by a lovely long walk along the old train track. It is a fantastic route to walk and there's some gorgeous trees that tower over you. We walked for an hour exploring and found a few creepy crawlies along our way too and then we headed back to the car. We did take a peek at the beautiful meadow that is coming along fantastically.

I was a bit disappointed if I am honest as the play area is looking a bit worse for wear with broken play equipment including the zip wire which has no seat or rope, some of the wooden play equipment was dangerous too, sticking up causing a hazard for cut hands and there was rubbish everywhere. The boys still spent a short time playing on some of the equipment. The overgrown weeds were a problem too and not very inviting into a child's play area. I found this was a huge shame because the place has so much potential and the rest of the woodland park has some great walks. Please don't let this put you off though, I have heard good things about the play area here and I am sure it will all be sorted out soon and has been left due to Covid and lack of staff members.

Good to know

Toilets are open

Station House tea rooms Tues - Fri 10 - 3.30 Sat- Sun 10 - 3.30

Summer holidays it is open daily.

Park is open 8-5 Winter 8-9 Summer

Close by you will find Thorpe Wood Local Nature Reserve and Castle Eden Walkway (Small car park accessible for all) and Wynyard Hall, you can explore the walled gardens here and they have a super worm trail which is on our list to try soon.

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