Escape for a few hours to explore Penshaw Wood

Family walking dogs

Explore Penshaw Wood where, among the trees, you can leave the hustle and bustle of daily life behind. It’s a great place to explore – whether you're alone with your thoughts, walking your dog, enjoying a family outing or discovering wildlife.

You can visit Penshaw Wood at any time of year and enjoy the changes each season brings.
Magical wild flowers in spring
Witness a vast array of wild flowers emerge to herald spring – carpets of bluebells spread out across the woodland floor, hoards of white ramsons fill the air with the scent of garlic and wood anemones line the paths.
The flurry of summer
A hive of activity can be seen in summer, when woodland trees are in full bloom, with insects and other invertebrates - such as bumblebees and butterflies - flitting and feasting on the woodland floor.
Listen out for the delightful sounds of chirping woodland birds, heard as they tumble from tree to tree.
An autumnal patchwork
In autumn, watch the leaves drop from the trees and cover the ground with a patchwork of colours. Enjoy the sound of leaves crackling underfoot and take in the smells of the earthy forest floor.
The still and understated beauty of winter
Take a crisp and cool afternoon stroll, and let yourself relax in the quiet tranquillity of the wood.