Places to Visit

Tees Valley has some lovely outdoor places to explore - places to enjoy walking, cycling and horse riding as well as family friendly days out. We live in a unique part of the country where we have urban and industrial areas intertwined throughout the coast and countryside, which makes for some spectacular views and habitats for wildlife. 

Here we will highlight some of the best places and welcome suggestions from members of the forum and the public. Click ‘contact us’ to send us your suggestions.


Nature Reserves

Local Nature Reserves are for people and wildlife. They offer people special opportunities to study or learn about nature or simply enjoy it.

All district and county councils have powers to acquire, declare and manage Local Nature Reserves. To qualify for wildlife status, a site must be of importance for wildlife, geology, education or public enjoyment. Some are also nationally important Sites of Scientific Interest, such as the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve, managed by Natural England.

Local Nature Reserves are managed by the local authority either through ownership, lease or an agreement with the owner. The main aim is to care for the natural feature which makes the site special. Without careful management coppiced woodland, grazed meadows and heathland although lovely to see, would lose their interest for both wildlife and visitors.

There are now more than 1400 Local Nature Reserves in England with many here in the north east. Here they range from windswept coastal estuaries, ancient woodlands and flower rich meadows through to former railways, abandoned landfill sites and industrial areas now re-colonised by wildlife.

Detailed here are a great number of the Local Nature Reserves on Teesside and the surrounding area. Contact details, maps and directions are available on each named site.

If we have missed one that is a particular favourite of yours, please let us know and we will include it. Any photographs would also be most welcome!