Parks and green spaces
Our 16 parks and 10 nature reserves stretch right across the town. Each one offers a uniquely different experience. There’s the Victorian splendour of South Park which is the oldest park in the region. West Park is the town’s newest green space; the site of an old chemical works with a bike track and play area.
For more information please contact our park rangers on 01325 406720 or email [email protected].
Darlington's rethinking parks - Rethinking parks is a £1m fund to help develop new approaches to sustaining and making the most of UK public parks. Darlington has been selected to take part in this project, the only place in the North-East. We'd like to hear your thoughts about The Denes, South Park and North Park [external link].
Darlington green spaces map [pdf document, 2mb]
A small wood and Green Space, located at Barmpton Lane.
Brankin Moor Local Nature Reserve
A small site full of a woodland rich with orchids and woodland plants.
Brinkburn Local Nature Reserve
This is a small site dominated by a pond and wet woodland. It is close to Drinkfield Marsh, Brinkburn and West Park.
Located near Coniscliffe Road, this park is right next to the River Tees.
In Cockerbeck, visitors are able to enjoy a pleasant bike ride along the winding cycleway, enjoy the timber play area or look for butterflies in the wildflower meadows.
The Denes is a linear park that winds its way gently alongside the Cockerbeck right into the heart of the town to the River Skerne for over 1.5km. It is made up of six Denes and is popular with both local people and wildlife.
It has two play areas and tennis courts as well as a number of chainsaw carvings.
Drinkfield Marsh Local Nature Reserve
This is a distinctive area which links to a series of weirs leading to a lake which is home to many over-wintering birds.
Located in the south east of the town this large green space is on the doorstep of many local residents.
For more information about Friends of Eastbourne Park, please call 01325 406720.
Geneva Wood Local Nature Reserve
A small woodland site where you can explore and look for deer.
A green open space with a play area, located near Harewood Terrace.
Maidendale Fishing and Local Nature Reserve
A very popular fishing resource which is home to important rare species including great crested newts and the emperor dragon fly. Why not cycle along the Greenway?
A new kissing gate with disabled access was opened at the reserve in December 2013.
North Lodge Park
This Edwardian park is located near to the centre of town, and provides a place to enjoy some peace and solitude. Anyone with an interest in their local history will enjoy the varied mixture of trees left over from the Pease's garden, the North Lodge Villa built in 1832, or the bandstand which shows poetry from local residents.
For more information about Friends of North Lodge Park, please call 01325 406720.
This large green space away from the centre of town provides the ideal location for a brisk walk or early morning stroll. Together with its bandstand, multi-use games area, bike track and picnic tables. North Park is ideal for a family day out.
For more information about Friends of North Park, please call 01325 406720.
Redhall Local Nature Reserve
This nature reserve has a pond with fishing pegs and green space.
The Feethams area has undergone significant improvements in the last few years including the Feethams Leisure scheme, multi-story car park, bus waiting facilities. The Riverside Park is located by the Western Bank of the River Skerne directly to the rear of the Town Hall and Bishopsgate House. The project includes walkways, tree planting, seated areas and a viewing platform.
Rockwell Local Nature Reserve
Rockwell connects the heart of the town with the countryside along a restored section of the River Skerne and provides a vital and relaxing place for wildlife.
Skerningham Community Woodland
Many people come to this large nature reserve to go on walks. It is in Harrowgate Hill, at Ketton Hall Farms. You can park at the top of Glebe Road to also access Skerningham but there is a one mile walk to the woods. There is a pond and amphitheatre to find.
South Burdon Community Woodland
This woodland near the A66/67 roundabout is a 200 acre site that runs either side of the old Darlington and Stockton railway line. This site has a lake, ponds, orchard and the Chroma sculpture designed by the artist Vicky Holborough as part of the Tees Valley Arts Green TV project.
Darlington's premier park continues to provide a high quality experience for everyone. From award winning flower beds, to a lake, bandstand and fountains, South Park gives many examples of what is possible for a Victorian park. It has play areas, a skate park and aviaries.
For more information about Friends of South Park, please call 01325 406720.
This park is located on Green Lane and has a play area and football field.
Tommy Crooks Park
This park has a play area and football field and is located on Yarm Road.
West Park is a 12 hectare Local Nature Reserve which combines woodland, wildflower meadows and wetlands with poetry and sculptures. It also has a large natural play area, 4 bike tracks, orienteering course and orchard. This reserve offers something for all the family whether its walking, cycling, playing or exploring the diverse wildlife and artwork on the reserve.
This unique family friendly park with huge sculptures and bridges offers fresh air and a chance to let off steam, with gently climbing slopes to get great views of the surrounding countryside.
West Park website [external link]
For more information about Friends of West Park, please call 01325 406720.
The Whinnies Local Nature Reserve
The Whinnies is home to a variety of unusual orchids and butterflies.
The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country. Parks are judged on eight criteria including cleanliness, sustainability and conservation.
As of 2015, Darlington has three Green Flags - South Park (which has had a flag since 2006), West Cemetery and Crematorium (which first received a flag in 2013) and West Park has received green flag status for the 1st time in 2015.