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The leaders of the seven local councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner encourage people to work together to move out of Tier 3 as quickly and as safely as possible.

Picnic areas


Come and visit our picnic areas. We have sites across the county where you can go and relax in wonderful settings. They are ideal for short walks or picnics and some even feature historical remains.

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As per government guidance, you may travel to our parks, beaches and open spaces. Please check the national restrictions information before you set off.

Picnic areas in County Durham               

  • Baybridge: On B6306, west of Blanchland
  • Broompark: On B6302, east of Ushaw Moor
  • Causey Arch: On the A6076, between Stanley and Sunniside
  • Cocken Wood: East of Plawsworth, over river from Finchale Priory
  • Malton: On A691, east of Lanchester
  • Middle Rainton: on A690 near Rainton Gate

More information

For more countryside information, please click on one of the links below:

There are designated barbecue areas at both Hardwick Park and Wharton Park. Unauthorised fires and barbecues are not permitted on any other of our countryside sites. 

Other sources of information

Contact us
Countryside Service
03000 264 589
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