Stainton Quarry

Stainton Quarry straddles Stainton Beck, between the villages of Stainton and Thornton in Middlesbrough. A footbridge joins it to Kell Gate Green on the other side of the beck. These countryside sites provide three hectares of community-run open, green space for local people.

All paths within the Quarry and Green are grass or wood chipped. You can enjoy views over the open countryside by following a circular footpath that snakes through woodland and meadow in Stainton Quarry. The steep terrain and steps make Stainton Quarry difficult to access by people with limited mobility.

Kell Gate Green has a large open space for ball games and activities with a marshy area off to one side with the aim of providing an area for wildlife. This area is perfect for those with limited mobility and has benches close to the gated entrances.

The Friends of Stainton have been recognised for their community work by the award of Green Flag from the Keep Britain Tidy group.

Courtesy of Tees Archaeology

The gate to Kell Gate Green is on Thornton Road which runs between Stainton and Thornton. The access to Stainton Quarry is from Cedarwood Glade in Stainton. Please note that there is no parking.
Tel: (01642) 313327 Grid Ref: NZ 484 138

Maze Park Local Nature Reserve

Maze Park is located opposite Portrack Marsh on the south bank of the River Tees and is a regenerated former railway marshalling yard managed by the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust.

Maze Park is a green oasis right at the centre of the Teesside, visitors can climb one of its landscaped mounds to enjoy panoramic views of the conurbation.  Much of the site has been planted with a variety of broad-leaved trees and is rapidly forming a good area of woodland for such a central urban location. As well as planting 6 hectares of woodland, the Trust constructed a network of surfaced paths and boardwalks to allow visitors to enjoy every part of the site.

Three conical mounds have interesting vegetation communities and give great views of the Tees and surrounding area. The central mound is flat-topped and its plateau consists of the characteristic steelworks slag materials, its nearest natural equivalent would be chalk grasslands or base-rich sand dunes systems. Typically they contain an abundance of herb species including Yellow Wort, Black Medick, Common Centaury and Bird’s-foot Trefoil.

Much of the reserve is managed as grassland for the 17 species of butterflies that occur here.  The Grayling and the Dingy Skipper, whilst not the most colourful butterflies, are amongst the country’s rarest, and occur in profusion here.

Maze Park is also a good place from which to watch the River Tees, the steep river banks provide nesting habitat for a small colony of Sand Martins and give excellent views of Common and Grey Seals which prey on Salmon preparing to negotiate a passage through the Tees.



By Mick Garratt

Park in Portrack Marsh car park and walk back across the Tees Barrage, then turn left along the riverside footpath towards Middlesbrough.  This path leads you to the reserve.

Fairy Dell

Fairy Dell, in the middle of Marton and Coulby Newham, is a haven for wildlife with its steeply wooded banks, becks, lakes, woodland and grassy glades. It is also a tranquil place for local people to enjoy a slice of countryside without leaving Middlesbrough.

The Fairy Dell Park was developed and planted by Middlesbrough Council in 1990, but the Dell remained in the naturalised state it had fallen into and was very overgrown. It was transformed by the award of a Heritage Lottery Bid which was matched by Middlesbrough Council and work began clearing the paths and beck and managing the trees.

The Middlesbrough Council continues to work with the Friends of Fairy Dell, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and a wide range of other environmental groups to restore this local beauty spot for wildlife and people. The 42 acre site is a mixture of natural woodland, parkland, an ornamental lake and a a number of flood defence lakes.

The site regularly wins awards from Northumbria in Bloom as the Best Conservation Project and the active Friends Group maintain the paths and boardwalks, pick litter, clear the beck, and work hard to enhance the biodivity on the site. They regularly host educational and fun events to encourage greater numbers of visitors to the Dell to experience both the history and the beauty of the Dell.




Fairy Dell and Tees Valley Wildlife Trust Volunteers

Fairy Dell, Gunnergate Lane, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough. TS8 OUT
Tel: (01642) 577325

Linthorpe Cemetery

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the peace and tranquility of this special site. A peaceful oasis in Middlesbrough, Linthorpe Cemetery is steeped in local history and tells the story of the development of Linthorpe and Middlesbrough. As well as being an important burial ground, it is a haven for wildlife.

The green corridors on the site enable the wildlife to move around and between other areas of green space. Mammals such as foxes, Rabbits, Roe Deer, and Grey Squirrels are alll able to move about the area using the green corridors available here.

Declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2003, it provides a semi-natural habitat that supports a range of wildlife, particularly birds, including Tawny Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Treecreeper. The cemetery has a good selection of wildflowers attracting an increasing number of butterflies throughout the spring and early summer.

This 52-acre (21 ha) site is the largest area of woodland in central Middlesbrough. In the southern section of the cemetery there is an almost complete canopy cover of mature trees, most of these were planted in the nineteenth century.

Linthorpe Cemetery by Green Flag


Grid Ref: NZ 483 188

Berwick Hills Local Nature Reserve

Wildflower meadows, new woodlands, and ponds have been created here with the help of grants from English Nature, the Countryside Agency and the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund Volunteers.

Ormesby Beck meanders through the nature reserve on its way to join the River Tees. The beck is flanked by tall reeds where water voles burrow in the banks and feed on waterside plants.These waterlogged 'reedbeds' are a rare habitat in England, but are expanding here.

New ponds have been created to provide a home for frogs, toads and newts.

Courtesy of Middlesbrough Council

The site can be accessed on foot from Bradthorpe Road and Ida Road, both off Ingram Road in Berwick Hills. The site is flat and there are flat tarmac paths in the nature reserve.
Tel: (01642) 313327  Grid Ref: NZ 509 191

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