Sugley Dene is a narrow, steep sided wooded valley home to plenty of wildlife and is a lovely place to watch woodland birds. Sugley Dene is a semi-natural ancient woodland, a Site of Nature Conservation Interest and a Local Nature Reserve. The most popular activity in Sugley Dene is dog walking. The wide, grassy area north of Neptune Road is popular for informal football kickabouts.
Please note that the southern section of the Dene, between Neptune Road and Hadrian's Way, is closed for safety reasons, due to large landslips and to deterioration of the boardwalk. This closure is expected to be long term. The path from Avalon Drive into the Dene at the north end has also had to be closed for safety reasons as it is being undermined by the stream and is collapsing. We are currently investigating options to repair this route.
Sugley Dene is open at all times.
Sugley Dene at Lemington is bordered to the north by the former site of Hadrian’s Wall, now the A69, and to the south by Hadrian’s Way national trail and cycleway.
There are several entrances from the street, including Woodville Rd, Linnel Drive and Neptune Road.
There are no toilet, refreshment, or play facilities in Sugley Dene.
Access to the Dene is limited due to the natural geography of the area. There are slopes and steps throughout the Dene. The footpaths in the Dene are mostly soft surfaced and can become muddy and waterlogged in wet weather.
How to get here
On-street car parking is available at some of the entrances to the Dene, including Neptune Road, Avalon Drive, Woodville Road and Ottringham Close. Ottringham Close is nearest to the entrance from Hadrian's Way National Trail.
Friends of Sugley Dene
The Friends of Sugley Dene are a small but enthusiastic group who have an interest in the Dene and its habitats. The Friends want to conserve and improve the area for public access and wildlife. They hold quarterly meetings and carry out monthly litter picking events.