Quarry Wood Local Nature Reserve
Quarry Wood Local Nature Reserve is an area of woodland within Preston Park and was declared a nature reserve in 2004. Its location at the southern edge of the park and its mix of trees such as Beech, Alder, Oak, Horse Chestnut and Larch make this a pleasant and quiet retreat from the bustle of other areas of the park. The site is a former Victorian Quarry, part flooded and has now been reclaimed by nature.
Quarry Wood is part of the larger Preston Park - 45 hectares of amenity grassland, mature woodland, a fish haven, duck pond, two children’s play areas, crazy golf, small gauge railway, Butterfly World and Preston Hall Museum.
River walks and separate landing platforms on the river bank allow passengers on and off the Teesside Princess Riverboat, a pleasure cruiser making daily river trips from Stockton on Tees to Yarm. A number of large events take place in the park each year, including the Stockton Summer Show and the Autumn Gold Festival.
There is free parking, and a café.
Grid Reference: NZ 428153
Preston Park is located near Eaglescliffe village, on the A135 - Yarm Road, signposted from the A66, and can be accessed from the A1 at Darlington, or the A19 at Teesside.