Summerhill Local Nature Reserve

Summerhill is a 100 acre Country Park located on the western edge of Hartlepool, transformed for the benefit of conservation, outdoor sport and recreation. The 65,000 trees that were planted in the late 1990's are maturing into substantial woodland. Two Ponds with viewing platforms and grassland meadows are now also becoming more established.

The site now provides an essential link between the town and the country. Summerhill is noted for the range of activities available – there are walks, adventure play areas, a trim-trail, a free-to-use BMX course and a Boulder Park. The Summerhill team provide activities for schools and community groups, environmental, outdoor activities and historical studies.

The site is open 24 hours a day; the Visitor Centre is open 6 days a week and is an excellent venue for meetings and events.

Contact the Visitor Centre for activities in:

  • Orienteering and map reading
  • Rock Climbing
  • Archery
  • High Level Ropes Course
  • Nature Study
  • Archaeology
  • Ornithology
  • Arts and Crafts

The site also hosts the Hartlepool Cycle Clinic who offer a free repair service carried out by qualified staff.

Summerhill is a site of archaeological interest and is home to a replica Iron Age Roundhouse. The Torque carving by David Salkeld at the entrance to Summerhill, has inset panels which relate to the Iron age and Roman history of the area.


To reach Summerhill head down Summerhill Lane, just off Catcote Road. Parking is available in the car park next to the Visitor Centre.  Bus number 3 runs near to Summerhill – ask for the stop beside English Martyrs School.

Mobility scooters can be booked in advance.

Call: (01429) 284584

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