Know before you go
A public footpath runs through the woods from the ruins of Lancaut Chapel to below Pen Moel, returning via Offas Dyke.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitAll 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.