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Visiting Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is open to NHSN members. Non-members are also very welcome to visit by purchasing a day pass, and we hold an annual open day in the summer.

Opening Hours

April – September:  7.00am – 8.00pm
October – March:     8.00am – 4.00pm

In order to limit disturbance to wildlife on this sensitive reserve, it is only open to members of the Natural History Society of Northumbria and visitors with a day pass. Every year in late June/early July we hold a reserve open day to allow everyone, member and non-member, to explore and learn about the reserve and what we do there (click here for details).

The only entrance/exit to the reserve is through the garden of the cottage known as Lake Lodge, which belongs to NHSN and is the home of our Warden. There is parking in Old Salter’s Lane near to the Lodge.

There are 3 wildlife hides in the reserve, which provide a great opportunity for visitors and photographers to watch birds and animals in their natural habitat without disturbing them. Download the reserve visitor leaflet for a map of the reserve, showing the hides and footpaths.

NHSN regularly organises guided walks and activities at the reserve. Please click here to see what’s coming up.

Hide Keys

A hide key will give you access to three hides at the reserve and the eco-loo.  Members can pay a £5 deposit for a a hide key online by following the link in our welcome email, or by cash or cheque at the NHSN office on the 2nd floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm). Non-members using a day pass must pay a £30 deposit at our office, which will be refunded on return of the key.

The Ridley Hide © Jill Tate

How to get there

For directions to the reserve and how to get there, please click here.

Note to drivers: there are current road closures on the roads that lead from South Gosforth to the reserve, which look to be completed in early 2019. You can find out more information on Newcastle Council’s website here.

Some ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’

  • Please keep to footpaths to avoid damaging the flora
  • Always carry your membership card or day pass with you or you may be asked to leave by one of our Wardens
  • Dogs are not allowed in the reserve, even on leads
  • The collection of any kind of plant or animal is forbidden. Please take only photographs and leave only footprints.


For details of facilities and hazards at the reserve, please click here. Paths and boardwalks can often be wet, muddy and slippery, so wear appropriate footwear and clothing and take care. Visitors with disabilities or access needs please click here for information.

Information Hut

The Information Hut is a small hut just past Lake Lodge inside the reserve entrance. The hut contains information about NHSN and a folder where you can record your wildlife sightings before you leave. This is also the best way to find out what wildlife has been seen recently, so it is good idea to check the sightings log before you head off into the reserve.

Information board and the Information Hut, GPNR © NHSN

Day Pass

Day passes are for non-members or groups who would like to make a single visit to the reserve. There are two ways to obtain a day pass: visit our office in the Great North Museum: Hancock, or at the reserve by paying a small fee in an envelope provided in the reserve’s Information Hut.

A day pass costs £3.50 per person aged 18 and over, and £1.00 per person aged under-18. Visiting groups must make a booking in advance through the NHSN office. The office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, and can be contacted by phone on 0191 208 2790 or email at

If you visit the reserve using a day pass and would like to join NHSN as a member, we will gladly reimburse the cost of your day pass within 30 days.

If you encounter any problems at the reserve, please report them to the Warden in Lake Lodge or contact the NHSN office on 0191 208 2790.