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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. Outdoors, you can meet in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) or up to 6 people from different households as long as you follow social distancing rules.

Our park play areas are now reopening. For more information on which play areas will be open and how to enjoy the play areas safely, see Park play areas re-opening information.

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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