Fairy Dell, in Coulby Newham, is the perfect place to enjoy a slice of the countryside without leaving Middlesbrough. Once you step into the woodland, it's easy to forget you're just a 15 minute drive from the town centre.
The 42-acre site is a mixture of park, woodland, and wetlands, with a central lake. There are plenty of places to wander and explore (but watch out for uneven surfaces).
The area is a haven for wildlife with its steeply wooded banks, becks, lakes, woodland, and grassy glades. There's a bird hide close to the lake, but there are also plenty of opportunities for bird-spotting while you're just walking around.
The range of carved statues around the lake are an ideal trail to follow. The statues range from a dragon to a ladybird, and are a perfect for younger visitors to enjoy.
Fairy Dell was originally the grounds belonging to Gunnergate Hall, which was built in 1857, but there's evidence that parts of the site are older than that.
We're working with the Friends of Fairy Dell, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, and the Tees Forest to restore this local beauty spot for wildlife and people.
Fairy Dell Park, Gunnergate Lane, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, TS8 0UT
Friends of Fairy Dell
The Friends of Fairy Dell are a group of local people who are active in caring for and promoting Fairy Dell.
Membership is free. Regular meetings are held at Langdon Square Community Centre on the second Wednesday of every month. There are also opportunities to take part in practical activities (every Tuesday morning), campaigns, events and fun social events.
To get involved, call 01642 300355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find out more on the Friends of Fairy Dell Website.