Frith Wood

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Frith Wood Nature Reserve is a wonderful ancient beech wood that straddles the ridge overlooking Painswick Valley and Slad Valley near Stroud.

Location

Three miles north east of Stroud on the B4070 near Bull's Cross close to Slad.
Stroud
A static map of Frith Wood

Know before you go

Size
24 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Please park in Bull's Cross Car Park not in Frith Wood

Bicycle parking

No

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

Frith Wood Nature Reserve is part of the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way. Other footpaths cross through this nature reserve. Please be aware that the trail passes close to people’s homes and visitors to Frith Wood are asked to be quiet while walking through this beautiful woodland.

Access

This nature reserve is located on very steep and undulating ground. Paths are uneven and can reach a linear gradient of 10% in places.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Please be aware that Frith Wood is located very close to people’s homes and visitors are asked to be quiet while walking through this beautiful woodland.

Best time to visit

All year

About the reserve

This magnificent ancient woodland dates back more than 1,000 years. There are soaring beech trees, believed to be planted from Belgian seed in the early 1800s.If you stop and listen you may hear the occasional ‘drumming’ of a great spotted woodpecker.

The wood is home to rare plants such as wood barley, white helleborine and yellow bird's nest. In spring there is a lovely display of bluebells and wild garlic. Although small and rarely seen a very rare snail called Ena montana has been recorded here. This nature reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Please be aware that Frith Wood Nature Reserve is very close to people’s homes and visitors are asked to be quiet while walking through this beautiful woodland.

Please park at Bull’s Cross Car Park rather than on local lanes as these are used by residents. Parking at Bull’s Cross is free.

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

How to get there:

Post code:  Nearest post code is GL6 7QS, which will take you to Yokehouse Lane, slightly west of Frith Wood entrance and Bull’s Cross. Do not park here or on any other local lanes as these are used by residents. Please park in Bull's Cross Car Park where there is room for roughly 15 cars – please park considerately. Cars left at owners’ risk. Parking at Bull’s Cross is free.

Grid reference: SO 87721 08717

Full directions:

FROM STROUD: Follow the B4070 for three miles. Go through Slad village until you come to Bull’s Cross. Parking is available on the right in the large layby, where cars can be left at owners' risk.

FROM CHELTENHAM: From the Air Balloon roundabout take the A417 towards Stroud, after just 0.9 miles turn right onto the B4070, then turn left after 0.5 miles to stay on the B4070 for 5 miles (becoming Slad Road) where you will reach Bull’s Cross. On the left is a large layby where cars can be left at owners’ risk.

FROM GLOUCESTER:  Follow the B4073 until you reach the A46 T-junction, Painswick. Here turn right onto the A46. Then take the second left onto Bisley Street. Take the second right onto St Mary’s Street and the first left onto Tibbiwell Lane (becoming Greenhouse Lane) and follow for 1 mile. Then turn left onto Yokehouse Lane, where you’ll shortly reach Slad Road and Bull’s Cross. Turn left and parking is available in a layby on the immediate right, where cars can be left at owners’ risk.