Chedworth nature reserve is a great site for geologists and wildlife lovers alike. Chedworth reserve is a section of the disused Cheltenham to Cirencester railway line. The reserve takes the form of a woodland ride, with expanses of beech woods on either side of the railway line. Walking left from the entrance you will eventually reach the tufa, a pertrified spring, and railway tunnel that is home to many species of bat.

Walking right from the entrance you will enjoy glimpses into the enormous Chedworth Woods with huge beech, oak and hazel trees. At intervals along the track cuttings expose the different layers and features of geology such as the fossil-filled oolitic limestone that makes up much of the Cotswolds.

It is also home to some of the most accessible and best exposures of cuttings from Middle Jurassic period sequences in Great Britain.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland
Species
Common Pipistrelle, Beech, English Oak, Hazel

Nearby nature reserves

Kilkenny
4 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Pasqueflower
4 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Arle Grove
6 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Location
Between Chedworth and Withington.
Chedworth
Gloucestershire
Map reference
SP048143
Great for...
historical interest
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
Get directions
Find out here
Public transport
Plan your journey
Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
6.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Follow the public footpath by the Villa into the wood and the Reserve entrance. Please be careful as the embankment steps are steep.
Parking
Park in the lane (not the Villa car park)
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333
info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk