Know before you go
Please keep to the waymarked paths
The woodland can be muddy at any time of year, so wellies or walking boots are recommended and children will want to paddle in the stream! There are steep gradients and cross-slopes, and one flight of steps at the far end of the circular 3km long waymarked trail.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMarch to August
About the reserve
There are many ancient woodland wildflowers to see in spring (carpets of bluebells, wild garlic, wood anemone, herb Paris and primroses) and many woodland birds such as willow warbler, marsh tit, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and song thrush. Buzzards and ravens often wheel and call overhead. The hazel coppice is home to a famous and well-studied population of dormice. This ancient woodland has a canopy comprising mainly ash, pedunculate oak and field maple and is great for butterflies such as silver washed fritillary. You may even be able to see a brown hare or fallow deer wondering through the wildflowers and woodlands.