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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

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.

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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