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 petrified spring, and railway tunnel that is home to many species of bat.


Between Chedworth and Withington
A static map of Chedworth

Know before you go

6 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

Follow the public footpath by the Villa into the wood and the Reserve entrance. Please be careful as the embankment steps are steep.




On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

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.

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333