Know before you go
The reserve is reached along the Offa's Dyke footpath, which runs below its northern and western boundaries. The site is flat and based on Black Dolomite limestone.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMarch to September
About the reserve
Part of a large area of ancient woodland, it adjoins Caswell Wood and Passage Grove, which drop down a steep 600-foot slope to the river. The Martagon Lily, a naturalized plant, uncommon in the county, is scattered throughout the reserve, along with a rich variety of spring flowers including wood anemone, cuckooflower, bluebell, ramsons and herb-Paris. Ash, wild cherry, silver birch and sycamore stand tall above the sparse understorey of goat willow, elder, hazel and travellers-joy. An impressive range of woodland birds can be found here, so it's a great place to come for quiet reflection whilst listening to the buzzards mewing as they circle overhead.