Black Bobbies Field

The name 'Black Bobbies' derives from the use of part of the land as a football pitch used by the local Police team.

Although only a small site of some 6 hectares adjacent to housing in Thornaby, this reserve is host to a range of wildlife. It was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1992. There are developing woodland, wet meadows, a large pond and a fish haven connected to the river.

A footpath elevated for much of its length on an earthen mound goes around the site giving good views of the meadows, ponds and river. A metal bridge takes the walker across the neck of the fish haven. A landscape artwork has been recently created providing a rest area and a viewing point.

There is no visitor centre or parking available. The site is pedestrian access only.


Walk down Green Lane by the side of the Jolly Farmers pub on Thornaby Road. As you approach the social club, take the track to the right down the green. Pass through the metal gate and follow the track, turning left before the river. The river is now on your right and Black Bobbies Field is accessed via the next metal gate.

Situated between Richardson Road, Thornaby and the River Tees.

Tel: 01642 527632

Grid Ref: NZ448167

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