GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Thornley Woods

2 miles (2.5 km)

This walk takes you around Thornley Woods in Rowlands Gill near Gateshead.
The peaceful site has a number of woodland paths and a sculpture trail with a fine carved otter and a red kite. The area is also good for bird watching with great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, and sparrow hawks to look out for.
The park includes a visitor centre with lots of information and an associated car park where you can start the walk.
On the way there's nice views of the Thornley Burn with foxgloves and honeysuckle in bloom in the warmer months.


NE39 1AU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Thornley Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Thornley Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The woods include a decent on site cafe which sells a good range of meals and snacks. There is indoor and outdoor seating if the weather is fine.
If you fancy a pub lunch then the Red Kite is located in Winlanton Mill, a short stroll east from the woods. They serve good quality dishes and have a nice garden area with views of the woods and countryside. You can find them at Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill, NE21 6RU. They have a car park and a restaurant area.

Dog Walking

The woodland trails in the park are ideal for dog walking so you're bound to see other owners on a fine day. The cafe and the pub mentioned above are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The woods are adjacent to the Derwent Walk Country Park where there are some nice riverside trails along the Derwent River. The waymarked Derwent Valley Walk also runs through the area. One option is to follow the path north towards Blaydon to visit the Shibdon Pond Nature Reserve where there are more bird watching opportunities.
Just to the south of the woods is the popular Gibside where there's an 18th century landscaped park to explore. Near here there's also Chopwell Wood. There's some fine walking paths and good mountain bike trails to be found here.
Head east and there's Watergate Forest Park to visit. The popular park is located on the site of the former Watergate colliery. It includes woodland trails, a roman fort, a pretty lake and wildflower meadows.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Thornley Woodland Centre - - 52997

Thornley Woodland Centre. Across the road from the centre is a hide were many species of birds can be seen. The centre itself houses many interesting displays and information about the area.

Path to Thornley Woodlands Centre - - 853961

Path to Thornley Woodlands Centre

Footbridge in Thornley Woods - - 3801372

Footbridge in the woods in autumn

Path in Thornley Woods - - 3801367

Path in Thornley Woods

Pasture beside Lands Wood - - 3801317

Pasture beside Lands Wood. A view of the countryside on the eastern side of the woods showing the adjacent Lands Wood. The ancient woodland site consists mainly of oak and birch alongside birch beech alder and rowan.Flora here includes bluebell and dog violet.

View down Mill Lane, Winlaton Mill - - 3801327

View down Mill Lane, Winlaton Mill. The village is located on the eastern side of the woods.

Horse paddocks west of Thornley Lane - - 2900774

View of Horse paddocks west of Thornley Lane

Bird Feeding Station Thornley Woods - - 2323029

Bird Feeding Station Thornley Woods


GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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