Lancaut (C) Rob Lacey

Rob Lacey


Lancaut lies in one of the four most important woodland areas in Britain, the site is very rich in wildlife with over 350 plant species recorded and a wide range of birds around the wood and south facing cliffs such as peregrine falcon and raven. Cormorant and heron frequent the river, and occasionally a seal will pop up in the river on a spring tide. A great place with stunning iconic views from the cliffs.


The reserve lies half a mile north of Woodcroft village on the B4228
A static map of Lancaut

Know before you go

24 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

Red waymarker arrows illustrate a trail through the reserve. A more accessible viewpoint is available just off Offa's Dyke Path which overlooks Wintour's Leap.


The gradients are steep in places over rocky ground and slippy clay. There is also a large boulder scree half way through the reserve to negotiate.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Lancaut's south-facing cliffs are regular nesting sites for peregrine falcons and ravens. Rare whitebeqams also share the cliff edges with hunting kestrel, sparrow hawk and goshawk. Cormorant and heron frequent the river, and its banks, along with an occasional seal on the spring tides. The steep slopes and historic quarrying of limestone for agriculture and construction, such as the Avonmouth Docks, have resulted in a diverse woodland maintaining wild service tree, small-leaved lime, and wayfaring tree amongst the yew, beech, oak, ash and cherry. 

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0145238333

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)