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The Tees Valley is home to an abundance of nature and wildlife which populate the reserves, beaches, parks and gardens.

Meet the most famous residents – the harbour and grey seals. Spot them in their unique habitat as they bask beside the tidal channels in the region’s industry at Seal Sands, or see if you can find them taking a swim at Tees Barrage.

Retreat to the seaside to spot spectacular sea birds along 30 miles of serene coastline stretching from Saltburn to Seaton Carew. Don’t forget to discover Teesmouth National Nature Reserve which provides the perfect setting for sea-watching and spotting unique species of bird and duck.

Picturesque outdoor spaces in the Tees Valley are plentiful, so you can tour an array of pretty parks and gardens or explore your wild side as you wander through woodlands and nature reserves. Enjoy breathtaking views whilst birdwatching at Maze Hill or find swaithes of wildflowers and fauna at Coatham Marsh.

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Albert Park

A multi million pound refurbishment programme has completely transformed the facilities within the park, which covers over 100 acres. Facilities include children and teenage play area, boating lake, roller skating rink, visitor centre and cafe, fishing platforms and sports facilities. Activities and events include; KMX bikes, bouncy castle, swan rides, roller skate parties and arts […]

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Billingham Beck Valley Country Park

With its wildflower meadows, reedbeds, ponds, marsh and woodland, Billingham Beck Valley is a great place to explore – whatever the time of year.  There’s plenty of footpaths running through the park, criss-crossing Billingham Beck and extending into the wider countryside. The park is a real haven for wildlife.  Birds such as kingfishers and wagtails […]

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Burn Valley Gardens

Burn Valley Gardens is a wonderful green corridor which connects the town centre with Family Wood, Summerhill and the wider countryside to the west of the town. The eastern entrance to the park is located at York Road and the western entrances at Catcote Road and Elwick Road. Burn Valley Gardens is within close walking […]

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Butterfly World

At Butterfly World you can enter the magical world of a Tropical Rain Forest, where you can stroll at your leisure past beautiful trees and flowers. Sit beside the splashing waterfalls and pools and enjoy watching the vibrant wing beats of hundreds of the worlds most exotic and beautiful butterflies fill the air. There is […]

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Cattersty Gill

Cattersty Gill is a secluded valley perched high on the cliffs above Skinningrove. The nature reserve protects wildflower-rich grassland and is noted as a landfall for migrant birds which stop to rest and refuel among its hawthorn bushes. This little valley was once used as a tip for slag waste from a nearby iron works. […]

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Coatham Marsh

At the heart of Coatham Marsh is a series of pools and reed swamp; the last remaining wildlife habitats that have survived the industrial and urban reclamation of virtually the entire south Tees estuary. The reserve is bordered to the north by the dramatic Redcar blast furnace and to the south by residential areas of […]

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Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park

This highly attractive park comprises large areas of woodland, colourful meadows, streams, wetlands and areas of open water. The main lake marks the site of a former clay pit, which served a nearby brickworks.  However, today there is little sign of the site’s industrial past and instead it has become a real haven for wildlife.  […]

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Fairy Dell

A suburban park which is well landscaped with exercise equipment and walking paths. Follow the signposts to the Fell Dell lake and discover a unique natural habitat filled with a variety of small wild animals and birds as well as a wide variety of natural trees and plants. There’s also an exciting woodland trail, a large […]

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Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park

Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park is the perfect place to explore the countryside south of Normanby. The park is also an ideal starting point from which to visit the Eston Hills. The car park is located off Flatts Lane that runs between Normanby and the A171 Guisborough Road. Brown tourist signs are located in Normanby […]

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Gravel Hole

Gravel Hole is particularly attractive in spring and early summer when blooms of common spotted orchids and fragrant orchids fill this small site with colour. This is a disused sand and gravel quarry which has been colonised by a variety of lime-loving plants. As well as orchids, the rich flora includes cowslips, kidney vetch, field […]

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Hardwick Dene

Hardwick Dene is a secret valley, a piece of quiet countryside that has been saved from development. Old meadows, hedgerows, woodland and two streams form an oasis for wildlife where, despite its proximity, urban Stockton is quickly forgotten. Much of the Dene is scrubland, mainly hawthorn with varying amounts of blackthorn, dog rose and gorse. […]

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Hummersea

Hummersea is a stunning stretch of coast just to the north of Loftus. The site includes a wide swathe of coastal slope, rich in wildflowers such as fragrant and pyramidal orchids and spiny restharrow. High cliff faces support nesting seabirds in spring and summer. A small area of shingle beach at the foot of the […]

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Hunt Cliff

​​​​​​The loud calls from the Hunt Cliff’s kittiwake colony are a sign of summer at Saltburn. The birds arrive back at the colonies from February, having spent all the winter months at sea, and they stay until August. The Hunt Cliff reserve forms part of the cliffs at Saltburn, with Hunt Cliff being among the […]

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Lazenby Bank

The skyline to the south of Middlesbrough is dominated by a long, green, wooded slope stretching all the way from Wilton Castle to the rocky outcrop and cluster of radio masts at Eston Nab. This is Lazenby Bank, a beautiful and varied woodland; much of it under ash and oak trees, but also including plantations […]

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Locke Park

Locke Park is situated off Corporation Road, Redcar. It is home to a boating lake, tennis courts, childrens play area, and gardens.

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Margrove Ponds

Margrove Pond is a big pond; a large and striking feature at the centre of the beautiful Margrove Valley. This site includes a variety of habitats; the main expanse of open water is surrounded by fenland with dense beds of common reed and reedmace. All this is reflected in an impressive total of over 150 […]

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Maze Park

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 surprising area of woodland for such a central urban […]

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Newham Grange Park

Set in a rolling landscape, Newham Grange Park offers something for everyone, with woodlands, streams and ponds, large grassed areas, all interspersed with many fine, mature trees.  There is a play area with artist-designed picnic tables nearby. Working in partnership with the Butterwick Hospice one corner of the park is now the home of the […]

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Portrack Marsh

Portrack Marsh is a haven for wildlife in the heart of Teesside. The wetland nature reserve attracts hundreds of birds each year and it provides a home to an exciting variety of mammals, amphibians, insects and wildflowers. The summer months are filled with wildflowers, butterflies and dragonflies and the marshlands provide an exciting playground to […]

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Preston Park

Preston Park provides visitors with 110 acres of parkland and woodland surrounding Preston Hall Museum. The park is situated adjacent to the River Tees and offers riverside and woodland walks, picnic areas, children’s play areas, café and public toilets.

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Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Discover the Hall and its treasures. Experience what life was like in 1895 as you take a stroll down our replica Victorian Street. Plus for little and big kids alike there’s a chance to let off some steam in the Adventure Play Area and Skate Park.

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Ropner Park

Fully restored to its Victorian splendour, Ropner Park is a real delight at any time of year. You can stroll by the lakeside or along tree-lined avenues and admire the beautiful floral displays.  There’s a fabulous play area, tennis courts, bowls club and large grassed areas for games and picnics. The splendid pavilion houses a […]

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Roseberry Topping

At just 1,049 feet (320 m) high, Roseberry Topping may not be the biggest hill you’ll ever see, but it will certainly be one of the most distinctive. Its shape, caused by the combination of a geological fault and a mining collapse in 1912 has made the hill the most beloved landmark in the Tees Valley […]

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Saltburn Gill

A wildlife-rich woodland set in a lovely secluded valley leading to the coast at Saltburn. A dense canopy of oak and ash trees shelter a winding path which runs the entire length of the valley and provides good opportunities to see all the reserve has to offer. Why not experience the changing seasons in Saltburn […]

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Saltburn Valley Gardens

In the 18th century, the Saltburn Valley echoed to the nocturnal sounds of local smuggling gangs grateful for the network of tracks through the densely wooded gills. Today, the valley gardens have lost none of their appeal. The colourful formal displays complement the steep grassy banks which are cut to support a rich diversity of […]

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Seaton Park

Covering 6.5 hectares, Seaton Park is situated close to the seafront at Seaton Carew, an attractive coastal village to the south east of Hartlepool. Opened in 1962 the park occupies part of what was Glebe Farm Estate, which was bought by Hartlepool Borough Council in 1949. The park contains a bowling green, tennis courts, playing […]

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South Park

South Park is a grade II registered historic park. It has held a Green Flag Award since 2006. Visit South Park and listen to bands playing in free outdoor concerts, enjoy the fabulous flowerbeds, talk to the parrots in the aviary or play your favourite sport in the multi-use games area. There is also a full programme […]

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Stewart Park

Stewart Park covers about 120 acres and consists both of mature woodland and arboretum on the southern side, with open parkland on the northern side. Two sets of lakes provide habitat for water fowl. A big favourite with all the family is the extensive pets corner with many types of domesticated animals, fallow deer, llamas and […]

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Summerhill Country Park

Summerhill is a unique Country Park that is both a Local Nature Reserve and Outdoor Activity Centre. Explore the 100 acre site on your own or join in with the many bookable activities. Other things you can see and do include; Sculptures around the park Two ponds with viewing platforms Two children’s play areas A free […]

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Tees Heritage Park

The Tees Heritage Park covers the beautiful stretch of countryside along the banks of the River Tees between Stockton and Yarm.   The area is served by a fantastic network of paths, including the Teesdale Way, Thornaby Trail and some great cycleways running between Preston Park, Ingleby Barwick and Thornaby. Or take to the river using […]

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Teesmouth National Nature Reserve

Teesmouth is a National Nature Reserve with a difference, it is surrounded by one of the largest concentrations of heavy industry in Britain. The reserve covers 350 hectares in two sections separated by Hartlepool Power Station. North Gare lies to the north and Seal Sands to the south. At any time of the year, interesting birds […]

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The Gardens at Wynyard Hall

The Gardens at Wynyard Hall are fast becoming one the North’s leading visitor attractions, and it’s easy to see why. There is lots to see and do, making a fabulous day out for couples, friends, families and groups alike. The Walled Garden is home to 3,000 fragrant David Austin roses, bursting with colour, plus an […]

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The Howls

An ancient woodland in the steep valley of Char Beck, the woodland comes alive each spring with birdsong and a beautiful show of woodland wildflowers. The Howls is a woodland nature reserve situated near the village of Dalton Piercy following the valley of Char Beck. The wood is dominated by an ash and sycamore canopy […]

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The RSPB: Saltholme

Saltholme is an amazing wildlife experience in the Tees Valley. Explore the breathtaking, state-of-the-art visitor centre with panoramic views of this huge wetland wildlife reserve. There’s a brilliant café – just follow your nose for freshly-brewed coffee, gooey cakes and mouthwatering meals – and a great shop where you’ll be able to spend a bit […]

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Ward Jackson Park

Ward Jackson Park is one of the most original in the North East region. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Parks & Gardens because of its collection of Victorian and Edwardian features. A project to restore and develop the park was recently completed returning the park to its original splendor complete with […]

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Woodhill Meadow

Woodhill is big nature garden, a magical place where children can safely explore and learn about wildlife and the natural environment. Wiggly grassy paths wind around hedgerows and run in tunnels beneath a canopy of trees, open out onto seating areas or grassy spots, log piles or ponds where you can poke about to discover […]

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Wynyard Woodland Park

Originally a working railway the park extends over three miles from the edge of Thorpe Thewles to Tilery Wood near Wynyard. There’s over ten miles of paths to explore within the park. The main cycleway follows the route of the former Castle Eden branch railway, completed in 1880. Today it forms part of National Cycle […]

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Zetland Park, Redcar

Zetland Park, Redcar. Situated at the end of Park Avenue. Home to a childrens play area, tennis courts and a bowling Green.

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