Where Can I Go Outdoors In Stockton-On-Tees? Here's 7 Ideas For Students!

Getting outside during your time at university is the best medicine for your mental health and overall wellbeing.

It’s important that during these stressful months, you look after yourself and your mind by doing things other than studying. 

In Stockton On Tees, there’s an abundance of places for you to go outdoors, and we want to let you know on our top 7 for students.

Check them all out below…

1. Ropner Park

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Looking for a relaxing scenic park with acres of greenery? Then Ropner Park is the one for you!

This fantastic area is great for getting in your steps, hitting that 5k or cycling round on a sunny day. Don’t forget to head to the lake for your daily dose of wildlife spotting!

Coming here with your pals is no problem when you’re staying in our Stockton-On-Tees student accommodation…they basically neighbour each other!

Feeling peckish? Not to worry, you have the option to tuck into a tasty treat at the Ropner Park café.

With friendly staff members and a great service overall, you’re bound to have a relaxing time here after a hard day of studying!


‘Nice walk around the park and lake. Am now feeling relaxed and come away in an excellent mood’

‘Parks are the heart of any community and this park is always an uplifting experience’

2. Butterfly World

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Have you ever found anyone who doesn’t love butterflies? ‘Cos we sure haven’t!

Uncover these beautiful creatures at Butterfly World, a tropical rainforest in Stockton On Tees. 

There are 80-120 species available for you to find, so why not come here with your flatmates and see who can spot the most?

Priced at just £4.50, you definitely have to visit here on your next day off!


Super hot in there naturally but it’s absolutely beautiful! The additional animals in the back were also great!’

‘Jam packed with beautiful butterflies despite its small area 🦋 has a reptile section also. Seats around to sit and enjoy; advise not to wear thick clothing due to obvious tropical heat and humidity inside!’

3. TeamSport Go Karting

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Unleash your inner competitive side and take a trip to TeamSport Go Karting! 

Considering this is a blog about where to go outdoors in Stockton On Tees and we’ve included the UK’s #1 best indoor track…we haven’t done very well have we?!

For only £20pp during the week, you can challenge your friends to a race around the course in your own little kart.

We just know this would be an activity for everyone to get involved in – so just get booking!


First time going anything like this. And what and experience.  Great staff. Great facilities.  Will definitely be going back soon.’

‘Excellent staff, very attentive, a very good track, it was a brilliant experience. Will definitely go back.’

4. River Tees 

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If you’re looking for a long walk with scenic views, why not head locally and follow the River Tees?

This path is great for a simple stroll with your pals to get outside and away from your desk. 

On route, you can even stop at some of Stockton On Tees popular eateries, such as the Hope and Union bar or Pier 22 Café. 


‘The upper Tees has a vast array of walks, hiking, trekking and biking trails to suit all abilities. Very picturesque and easily accessible from many points along the way. Stunning landscape with plenty of wildlife’

‘Beautiful part of our country’

5. Wynyard Woodland Park

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Just North West from Stockton On Tees town centre, Wynyard Woodland Park is an area perfect for relaxing and unwinding.

This award-winning park has many historical features for you to explore. Facilities include a visitor centre, planetarium, observatory, picnic spots and the former station house has been converted into a café.

Despite being free, you will have to travel here so expect a small fee to accommodate this!


It’s a really nice walk. There’s a lot of signage that gives information about the area’s history, like it being an old train track and stuff. You can spend ages walking around there. There’s also the planetarium, cafe and a gift shop. I’d definitely recommend visiting.’

‘Great place with a good play park. Nice place for a picnic or a walk along the old railway track. A tea room is on site also’

6. Infinity Bridge

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If you’re looking to go outdoors in Stockton On Tees, The Infinity Bridge is the place for you to visit. 

It’s a public pedestrian and cycle footbridge across the River Tees, with views that are worth stopping for, for a quick insta pic!

Go here during the day in the summer, or take a long stroll while the sun sets and watch the roads slowly get quieter and quieter!


‘Lovely bridge with great views up and down the river. Can be incorporated into a short walk from the Barrage, over the bridge and back over towards the Barrage again. Delightful on a summer’s day.’

‘Views across Stockton and across towards the Tees Barrage and Middlesbrough. Very distinctive design. Lit up at night.’

7. Tees Heritage Park

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Last, but certainly not least, Tees Heritage Park is a stunning area which neighbours the River Tees.

The park provides a place to enjoy the area’s rich heritage, landscape and wildlife away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

Whether it’s a spot of lunch with your pals, or a lengthy run to burn some steam off, this park is brilliant and you’re guaranteed to visit here more than once! 


‘Walking along the Tees Heritage Park makes for a pleasant afternoon and is a lovely place to stroll. We are lucky to have such places of open access on our doorsteps. Go explore and have fun and watch out for all the wildlife available.’

‘Picturesque nature trail close to the beautiful river Tees. Loads of wildlife can be seen’

If this hasn’t given you the urge to get out of your student apartment, then we don’t know what will! Stockton On Tees is a beautiful area with an abundance of things for you to do, other than study for uni. One things for sure is they have some of the Best Chinese Takeaways In Stockton On Tees and we’ve compiled them all.

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