The Baybridge Picnic Site

This is a Durham Council picnic site which has ample parking, shady woodland for kids to run around in and access to the River Derwent.  Combine your picnic with a beautiful 1.5 mile walk to Blanchlands (and back), the honeypot village of the north North Pennines....

Slitt Mine, near Westgate

****   This picnic site cannot currently be reached via Slitt Wood as part of the footpath collapsed in last winter’s floods **** The best picnic sites, like the best beaches, can only be reached by foot and the walk up from Westgate village to Slitt Mine is, if...

Ham Pool, near Daddry Shield

This is a small picnic spot beside the River Wear next to a pleasant waterfall.  There is no real space for games or running around with kids.  When we visited there was a home made barbecue available for general use. The picnic area is 800 yards upstream of the A689...

Tunstall Reservoir, above Wolsingham

The main picnic site pictured above has a car park and sits beside the Tunstall Reservoir.  There is an excellent 3km walk around the reservoir which you will find HERE.  Start the walk by turning left out of the car park and then left over the reservoir dam wall....

Wolsingham Recreation Ground

Wolsingham Recreation Ground is a hot ticket after school and at weekends in the summer.  There is a parking fee (currently £2) but free parking is available at Market Place, near the village centre.  Combine your visit with a 1.5 mile walk, the Wolsingham Family...