Chester Dene is a small woodland nature reserve south of Chester-le-Street. It is an "ancient semi-natural" woodland, continuously wooded since before the year 1600.
The main features of the woodland are a large number of veteran trees and a stream, the South Burn, which starts at Waldridge Fell. Most of the trees are poplars and Large-leaved Limes. The flora of the wood is rich, like most ancient woods, and includes Bluebells, Primroses, Dog's Mercury, Wood Anemone and Dog Violet.
There is a public footpath through the wood, leading down to Howlhill Lane. Well-behaved visitors are very welcome !