GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Watergate Forest Park

2 miles (2.8 km)

The popular park is located on the site of the former Watergate colliery in Gateshead. It includes woodland trails, a pretty lake and wildflower meadows.
In the park there are two waymarked walking trails to try. One circular trail takes you around the lake while the second nature trail visits a series of sculptures. There are also cycling trails on the bridleways and permissive paths on the site.
You can start the walk from the main car park at the eastern end of the site, just off the B6317 Whickham Highway at Lobley Hill. From here you can pick up the footpaths heading south west towards the lake and the Washingwell Woods.


NE11 9RQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Watergate Forest Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Watergate Forest Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The on site Watergate Café is a nice place for refreshments after your exercise. It's located through the small car park next to Emmanuel College.

Dog Walking

The park is ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see plenty of other owners on a fine day.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area you could head west and visit Derwent Walk Country Park. There's nice riverside trails along the Derwent River on the Derwent Valley Walk which runs through the park. There's also the adjacent Thornley Woods where there's a good visitor centre and a sculpture trail.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Watergate Forest Park - - 101771

Footbridge over the lake.

Rabbit (36637610)

Rabbit in the park


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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