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Visiting Gosforth Nature Reserve

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is open to NHSN members. Non-members are also very welcome to walk around the reserve by purchasing a day pass or by attending one of our open days.

Female Kingfisher - Edward Appleby © NHSN

Opening Hours


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

NHSN Members

Dawn-Dusk year round

In order to limit disturbance to wildlife on this sensitive reserve, Gosforth Park Nature reserve is only open to members of the Natural History Society of Northumbria and visitors with valid a day pass. Day passes cost £5.00 (adult) and £1.00 (child) and can be purchased from the box at Lake Lodge Cottage. Please remove the permit and map from the envelope and place your money into one of the envelope before posting through the letterbox at Lake Lodge – remembering to keep the day pass at all times.

If you would like to to join NHSN as a member, we will gladly reimburse the cost of your day pass within 30 days if you fill in the small tear off strip at the bottom of the day pass and send to NHSN alongside your payment.

We regularly hold reserve open days 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.

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.

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

If you would like to bring a group to visit the reserve, whether you’re an NHSN member or not, please contact the office in advance, providing as much information and notice as possible.

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: Killingworth Road has recently reopened to Southbound traffic. You can find out more information on Newcastle Council’s website here.

Some ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’

  • Please keep to footpaths to avoid damaging or disturbing wildlife
  • 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.
  • Access to the reserve beyond the Information Hut is pedestrian only


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

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.