Parks and countryside

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Stockton-on-Tees is home to many wonderful parks, nature reserves, woodlands and other green spaces. To help you explore these many of these fantastic places on foot or by bike we’ve produced a handy Out and About guide detailing 12 great places to explore.

You can use the links below to find out more detailed information about the Borough’s main parks and nature reserves, provided by the Council, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Natural England, RSPB and the Forestry Commission.

If you want to find out more about how the Council is working with other organisations to make the Borough’s green spaces even better then visit the Countryside and Greenspaces pages.  


Parks and Nature Reserves


Local Countryside sites managed by other organisations


National Park, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and Heritage Coast

As well as the local beauty spots, the magnificent North York Moors National Park is a stone's throw away. With its stunning moorlands, spectacular coasts, ancient woodlands and historic sites, it's a must see.  

The Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland and Lake District National Parks are also within driving distance, as are the spectacular landscapes of the North Pennines and Northumberland Coast AONBs, and the Durham Heritage Coast.


Information for dog walkers

Whether it's a stroll in the park or a stride around the block, Stockton-on-Tees has some great spaces for you to walk your furry friend.

Dog control areas

It's important that we balance the needs of all park users, for example, some people are nervous of dogs. It's for this reason you might come across designated dog control areas in some of our parks.

The following parks have introduced dog control areas. Please see each leaflet for further information.

Please ensure that you and your dog comply when in the respective area.

Dog fouling

Our parks and public areas are very popular with families and walkers, which is why it is important that these areas are kept free from dog foul and litter.

Dog fouling is not only unpleasant it is a dangerous health risk.

It is the responsibility of the dog owner or the person in charge of the dog to clear up any dog foul left by their dog. Failure to clean up after your dog is an offence. Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 authorised Council Officers can issue a £50 fixed penalty notice to anyone that is seen to allow their dog to foul in a public place and not clean up after it. Failure to pay the fixed penalty will generally result in prosecution that may lead to the offender being fined up to £1,000.

Remember to always take a poop scoop bag out with you whenever you are walking your dog. It is never an acceptable excuse to forget to take a bag with you and not clean up after your pet.

Report dog fouling and dog waste bin problems online 


Book a park for an event

If you would like to hold an event in a park, there are a number of fantastic parks in Stockton, Thornaby and Billingham where this may be possible.

The booking of these parks for events is co-ordinated through the Countryside and Greenspace Team, who will make every effort to accommodate your requests.

If you would like to hold an event in one of our parks you will need to complete and return the Parks/Open Spaces booking form three months prior to the event. It is important you provide as much detail as possible about the event and activities as there may be site restrictions. Terms and conditions and trading regulations are included with the booking form.

The completion of the booking form does not guarantee that your request is granted, all applications are subject to consultation with the management group where upon, subject to the nature of the event, a final decision will be made.

Apply for permission to use parks and open spaces


Places to Play

Adventure play areas, skate parks, all-weather ball courts and outdoor gyms; there are lots of places to play, exercise and have fun in the outdoors - whatever your age.

The biggest play areas are at Wynyard Woodland Park, Romano Park, Ropner Park, John Whitehead Park and Preston Park. However, there are over 40 other play areas in parks, country parks and other green spaces across the Borough.

We also have 14 multi-use games areas (MUGAs) which can be used for all kinds of informal ball games, and two fantastic skate parks at John Whitehead Park and Preston Park. If you want to enjoy some other exercise in the open air then why not try the outdoor gyms at John Whitehead Park and in Grangefield Park. 

Locations of all Council managed play areas and facilities for informal sports are shown on the following maps: 

For any enquiries regarding Council-managed play areas, skate parks and informal games areas please contact our Care For Your Area Team.

Telephone: 01642 391959

Email:  [email protected]


Report a problem in a park

We aim to make the Borough a more attractive, safer, cleaner and greener place to live. This includes our green spaces and parks.

If you notice a problem in a park or playground you can report it using one of our online forms or by contacting Care for you Area Team or one of our Customer Service Teams.

                                Tell us about damage to a playground online                                  

                                 Tell us about litter problems in a park online                                 

    Tell us about a problem with grassed areas, hedges or weeds in a public area