Chopwell Woods, England

Chopwell Woods, England

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  • Blue (Moderate)
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Black (Severe)
  • Ungraded (natural)
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Chopwell Woods, Hookergate, High Spen, NE39 1LT
Directions
Chopwell Woodland Park is located in historic Derwent Valley, 11 miles (17km) from Gateshead and Newcastle City Centres. The wood is not signposted until the entrance in the village of High Spen (B6315). Access to the B6315 from the south is off the A694 at Rowlands Gill or from the north at the A695 at Greenside.
The mountain bike trails can be started from Chopwell Wood Main Car Park in Chopwell Woodland Park. High Spen, Chopwell, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead
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Chopwell Woods mountain bike trails are near Gateshead, South of Newcastle in the North of England.

There is a black, short red, a blue as well as extensive natural trails.

It's quite close to Hamsterley so as Chopwell is short it could be worth combining this in with your trip or maybe also exploring some of the unmarked trails at Chopwell.

Black Trail

  • The trail is a black graded unsurfaced fast flowing loamy affair with a few rock gardens and drops added to give it a bit of interest
  • It's a new idea for the network in that it's a managed natural trail, designed to entertain those who would normally not ride trail centre hard pack trails.

The Powerline (Red) 

  • The Powerline is a short 2km Red graded fast technical XC trail.  

  • The trail head is at the main car park and finished near the River Derwent.>

The Outside Line (Blue)

  • The Outside Line is a Blue graded trail around Chopwell Wood on forest roads. 

  • The trailhead and finish are at the main car park. 

  • Unlike the Red trail this is a multiple user trail so expect walkers and horse riders. >

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Grin Factor
Level of fun had, or to be had
Trail Variety
Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
Trail Quality
Are the trails well built /maintained using sustainable techniques?
Facilities
From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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Overall rating 
 
4.64
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
2.00

There are lots of sociable riders in these woods that have no problem giving you advice or help.

User Review

Good Points
Lots of different style trails around the woods. Lots if man made trails and also loads of natural trails to just explore on. Some great table tops to jump and a fantastic hip just up from a place we call tge drift pit.
Bad Points
Could definitely do with some toilets.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.82
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
3.50

More downs than ups

Love the wood
Love the craic
Always someone to help you round the trails

User Review

Good Points
Trails are varied and well maintained with the right people you can stay and play all day
Bad Points
Could do with a toilet area for the in need ladies
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.58
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
1.50

Small but packs a punch!

I love it!

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Good Points
Chopwell may be small, but dig deeper and you will leave with a massive grin!

Wether you want to smash some climbing in, steep sections or session with a local. You will not be disappointed with what is thrown in front of you.
Bad Points
Static shock
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.76
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
3.00

greatest little britain

great local trail you can spend an hour getting your fix or 3 hours taken it all on

User Review

Good Points
technical descents approx 11 some very steep main line rocks jumps burns, Everything very close together intense trail after trail great local trail has roots leading to main line with double table tops
Bad Points
could be bigger
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.58
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
1.50

biggest little woods in the world

theres a few good squads that regularly ride the woods mid week
Thursday evening is tumblers night rides find em on facebook

and of course the longest serving trail crew The chopwell Mafia https://www.chopwelltrailbuilders.com

User Review

Good Points
great system of natural trails deverloped over 3o years by the local guru's. Find em or ask a local and you wont be disappointed
two main F.c supported trails
red Powerline fast twisty bermy goodness with a few small drops and jumps for those who do ,

Black trail. "Article50" is marked black ,not because it's downhill or hard to ride but because it's unsurfaced and technical and designed to mimic natural loamy trails preferred by the secret builders who inhabit the woods. and it's plenty fun both in the dry and sliptastic in the wet .

if its slop your after switch on your strava and follow the lines .

Bad Points

gets a few non helmeted nut jobs from the local villages
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Overall rating 
 
5.00
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
5.00

Choppers

Smiles for mile always after a chopwell ride

User Review

Good Points
Trails are well built but still feel like natural trails
Bad Points
None
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Overall rating 
 
4.74
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
4.50
Trail Quality  
 
4.50
Facilities 
 
4.50

Big little wood

Thursday night rides are mint

User Review

Good Points
Good steeps and evolving natural trails.
Bad Points
No defribstor for older riders
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Overall rating 
 
4.52
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
1.00

The little big woods

#itsbetterthanhamsterley

User Review

Good Points
Whilst there are only two official, maintained trails there are a multitude of bridleways to take advantage of if you know where to look, or wrangle a regular for a guided tour.

A good mix trails from all weather surface to natural mud fest, flat, flow and steel technical sections.

Small, but a good amount of gradients mean a couple of thousand feet climbing in 8 miles over an hour, and never too far away from the carpark.

Also a rather excellent group of people on a Thursday night for regular night rides if you have lights.
Bad Points
No toilets or other facilities, but everyone poops before the leave the house, right?

Plenty of shops and garages on the way for for and drink, though
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
5.00
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
5.00

Best little woods going

Best little woods up north

User Review

Good Points
Red and black trail and everything in between of you are willing to look. Blue trail and fireroads for family, stuff Danny Hart trained on for mentalists
Bad Points
Could do with some toilets or something (or use a tree)
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
2.73
Grin Factor 
 
3.00
Trail Variety 
 
2.00
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
2.50
Facilities 
 
1.50

Local woods

Chopwell is my local trails being from Consett and I ride there regularly. I think it's a great place to learn skills and gain confidence as nothing is too big or scary. Saying that I'm not the biggest fan of the power line and the new black route as they both are too flat to really throw down on a long travel bike.

I usually hit the power line as a warm up before venturing over to the other side of the woods near Lintzford. There's the big step up, steep trails with some pretty Gnar exposure and some rad little lines worth shredding.

The main complaint my riding group has is the lack of bigger tables and trail features but you can't have everything.

User Review

Good Points
Close to home and within riding distance.

Mellow features which help build confidence.

Nice regular crowd

Free parking
Bad Points
No facilities

Not too much variety in the signposted trails.

Expected a bit more downhill on a trail noted as black rating
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