The Great North Park is situated within the centre of Stockton and was created around the old Billingham – Stockton freight line. The freight line served the expanding chemical company ICI transferring bulk chemicals and fertilizers until the market declined and line closed in 1989. It stood unused until 1993 when Cleveland Council bought the land for reclamaition.
Following public consultation, work began in 1994 to create a walkway and cycleway. Stretching from Ragworth in the west to Portrack and Tilery in the east, the Great North Park is made up a several green spaces including Norton Grange Marsh Local Nature Reserve, Primose Hill Park and Tilery Park.
Plants and shrubs have been planted, a wildflower meadow established and children’s play area created. It’s an area rich in wildlife and a great network of footpaths and cycleways makes it easy to get around. The National Cycle Network Route 1 runs through the heart of the Great North Park.