Like many people, the Love Middlesbrough team have been working from home and we’ve definitely been appreciating our surroundings and nature a lot more! This time to reflect has got us thinking of all the brilliant outdoor places to visit right here in Middlesbrough that are filled the joys that only nature can offer.

We’ve put together a list of places to visit, plus some outdoor activities for different ages. Of course, please remember to observe social distancing rules when in any outdoor spaces.

One for the kids

We’ve been talking about this place on our social media channels recently, and we were surprised to see many people are not aware of this little haven. Nestled near Riverside Park, Teesaurus Park is a vast grassy area surrounded by trees – but the stars of the show are the huge dinosaur sculptures that creep out of the woodland. Kids will love to run around this place, plus it’s definitely worth getting a dino-selfie or two. We’d love to hear from you if you visit for the first time, let us know on our Facebook page.

Teesaurus ParkTeesaurus Park

Something for teenagers

Some recent studies are showing that lockdown is a hard time for teenagers who may be missing friends and their outdoor sports activities where they get that all important face to face contact.

We’ve been talking to the fantastic team at Linx Hemlington who do a brilliant work with young people. They work with children aged 10 – 19 in Middlesbrough and support them with youth club sessions where they can meet new people, play sports and video games as well as doing brilliant work in the community. The team may not be able to enjoy outdoor activities in the same way as before, but we wanted to give them a shout out for the amazing work they are doing across our communities to deliver food parcels to families and older people across the town. Get in touch with them if you’d like to get involved with Linx.

Nature lovers

Fairy Dell: We always love a visit to this place, and it’s one of Middlesbrough’s oldest natural habitats. The dell itself has plenty of twists and turns and there’s a lake, footpaths, and wooden bridges that make it great for explorers. There’s also a nature trail and points of interest along the pathways so you can learn about the ancient trees and flora and fauna in their natural habitat.  After walking the perimeter of the dell, take the steps up to Fairy Dell Park and enjoy a picnic on the grass verges or have a go at the exercise frames. It’s a great choice for dog walkers and you can take a picnic too.

Hemlington Lake: We think this place is a bit of a hidden gem! Situated just behind Hemlington shopping parade, the lake is set within 39 acres of open parkland with the central point being the large lake that’s occupied with natural floating islands and lots of wildlife. There’s a path that goes right around the lake and various viewing spots so you can take a closer look at the lake’s inhabitants such as swans and geese.

Fairy Dell ParkFairy Dell Park

Back garden escapism

Kids (or grown ups) don’t have to venture beyond their gate to be transported into another world. We’ve seen some beautiful images of local gardens recently from green fingered folk, and there’s currently no better excuse to enjoy your own green space.

Kids could even set up a cosy den with some garden chairs covered over with blankets and a cushion or two and escape to another world with their books and toys.

Try something different

The Black Path: We posted about The Black Path a few weeks ago on our Facebook page and it seems it’s another corner of Middlesbrough that is relatively unexplored.  The path follows an ancient trading route along the banks of the River Tees and may date as far back as the 5th century. The path starts behind the Navigation pub and runs to the mouth of the River Tees. The path isn’t actually black, but it’s name was given after the Industrial Revolution when Teesside’s industry boomed and soot and smoke billowed across the pathways. These days the path is great for a long stroll and features some unusual flowers and wildlife.

We hope you enjoy paying these places a visit in the future, and of course, please remember to observe social distancing wherever you are exploring this summer.