Ban-y-Gor Woods

Ban-y-gor nature reserve is a secluded and mystical woodland with large ancient coppice and pollards carpeted with ferns and mosses. A single path descends moderately via a small glade towards the River Wye. Dormice do surprisingly well in this shady habitat as the hazel coppice thrives amongst the wind blown trees that create a very natural woodland environment.


North of Tutshill, off the B4228
NP16 7JB
A static map of Ban-y-Gor Woods

Know before you go

23 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals

There are no grazing animals.

Walking trails

A public footpath runs through the woods from the ruins of Lancaut Chapel to below Pen Moel, returning via Offas Dyke.




On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times.

Best time to visit

All year round.

About the reserve

Ban-y-gor Woods provides a secluded and mystical habitat with large ancient coppice and pollards carpeted with ferns and mosses. The tree canopy includes beech, ash, sessile oak, silver birch, common whitebeam and small-leaved lime. Yew is the dominant shrub, particularly beneath the beech trees. There is hazel coppice, field maple, hawthorn, holly and goat willow. The conditions are damp and acidic and the ground flora includes foxglove, woodruff, wild madder, great woodrush, wood sage and wood sorrel. The many ferns include hard shield-fern, hard fern, scaly male-fern and maidenhair spleenwort. Woodland flowers include bluebell and wood anemone.

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0145238333

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)