Local Facilities for Visitors to the Red Kite Trail

There are numerous facilities located around the lower Derwent Valley.  Some of them are listed below. However, please do not consider the provision of this information by Northern Kites as a recommendation or endorsement, they are collated here as a point of information.

Countryside Facilities

Red Kite FlyingDerwent Walk Country Park & Derwenthaugh Park
Managed by: Gateshead Council.  Opening: throughout the year with free access & two visitor centres.
Kite Viewing: from anywhere in the Parks

Thornley Woodland Centre – Visitor Centre  Location: Rowlands Gill
Opening: 12 noon to 2pm weekdays, 12noon to 5pm weekends and Bank Holidays. 
Facilities: parking, toilets, red kite & countryside information, access for walkers only. Tel: 01207 545212

Swalwell Visitor Centre – Visitor Centre Location:Swalwell
Opening: 10am to 5pm daily and Bank Holidays. 
Facilities – parking, toilets, red kite & countryside information, access for walkers, horses, bikes, wheelchairs, mobility scooters available for hire. Tel: 0191 4142106

Chopwell Woodland Park
Managed by Forestry Commission. Location: High Spen
Opening: Throughout the year with free access.
Facilities: parking, countryside information, access for walkers, horses, bikes
Kite Viewing: from the bird of prey look out point
Tel: 01388 488312

Gibside Estate
Managed by the National Trust. Location: Rowlands Gill
Opening: 10am to 6pm (10am to 4pm November to March). Free access to the public to tearoom, larder and toilets; charges or membership applies to access walks, landscape garden & buildings.
Facilities: parking, toilets, food, shop, red kite and countryside information, access for walkers, partial access for wheelchair users, mobility scooters for hire.
Kite viewing: around the estate
Tel: 01207 541820

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Shops and Restaurants

Winlaton Mill Post Office
Location: Winlaton Mill
Facilities: shop, beverages, red kite information
Tel: 0191 4142561

Chaplin’s Restaurant at Run of the Mill pub
Location: Winlaton Mill
Facilities: parking, food, toilets, red kite information
Kite Viewing: from beer garden
Pub Tel: 0191 4142731 
Restaurant Tel: 0191 4990404

Golden Lion pub
Location: Winlaton Mill
Facilities: parking, food, toilets
Kite Viewing: from beer garden
Tel: 0191 4145840

Tea for Two
Location: Rowlands Gill
Facilities: food, toilets
Tel: 01207 542818

The Happiest Sandwich Shop in the World
Location: Rowlands Gill
Facilities: food
Tel: 01207 542361

Lintzford Garden Centre
Location: Lintzford
Facilities: parking, food, shop, red kite information
Kite Viewing: from outdoor seating area
Tel: 01207 549777

Black Horse pub
Location: Barlow
(Limited opening hours)
Facilities: parking, food, red kite information, toilets
Kite Viewing: from conservatory and car park
Tel: 01207 542808

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Derwent Park and Caravan Park
Location: Rowlands Gill
Facilities: Camping, parking, shop, toilets, food
Kite Viewing: from the Park
Tel: 01207 543383

Cut Thorn Caravan Site
Location: Rowlands Gill
Facilities: Camping, toilets (and many more for camping purposes)
Kite Viewing: from the site
Tel: 01207 270230

Wensley Guest House
Location: Rowlands Gill
Facilities: Bed & Breakfast
Tel: 01207 543884

East Byermoor Guest House & Tea Rooms
Location: Whickham
Facilities: Bed & breakfast
Kite Viewing: from the guest house
Tel: 01207 272687

For more accommodation information, please contact Gateshead Tourist Information on 0191 4784222.

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