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Explore Hodgemoor
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Family exploring on a woodland walk.Much of the central area of this 90 hectare woodland is of ancient origin, with records of its existence dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Surrounding this ancient core, secondary semi-natural woodland of the 18th, 19th and 20th century has developed. The wide range of soil types and its mixed history has resulted in Hodgemoor possessing an extensive variety of woodland trees and shrubs, making it an excellent site for wildlife and an interesting place to visit.

Recreation

Hodgemoor is used extensively by local people for walking, dog exercising, horse riding, cycling and wildlife watching.  It is an important recreational facility for residents of Chalfont St. Giles and Seer Green. Horse-riders who are members of the Hodgemoor Riding Association may use the network of permissive riding trails. Cyclists may also use these trails but must give way to horseriders. Neither horseriders or cyclists may use the walking trails. The Hodgemoor Riding Association has done extensive fund-raising since 2000 and contributed significantly to upgrading and repairing trails throughout the woods. As a result, all users of the woods have benefitted.

You can see a web site dedicated to Hodgemoor at www.hodgemoor.org.uk and there is a map of the wood with horse trails and foot paths at http://www.hodgemoor.org.uk/downloads/Horse riders on a woodland trail.

There is a car park, and a separate ride network for horse riders.  A mown area close to the car park provides a pleasant place for picnickers.  Numerous informal paths dissect the woods as regular walkers make their own way through the forest. There is also an 'easy-access' route, designed by local disabled ramblers.”

 

Conservation

With it’s diverse habitats Hodgemoor remains one of the best woodlands in Buckinghamshire for flora and fauna.  One hundred and eighty eight fungi species have been identified and certain less usual mainly wetland plants. Two ponds provide areas for invertebrates and other pond dwellers.  Roe and Muntjac deer are resident along with a large population of squirrels.  Less abundant although more significant are the resident dormice and badgers. There are areas of old oak coppice where both coppiced trees and standards may be seen. There is a small remnant area of heather, maintained annually.

Management

We have just carried out an operation to remove some of the conifers within the woodland. We now look to manage the woodland via a yearly firewood contract, to minimise disturbance and enable lower ground impacting machinery to use the site. An operational site assessment is currently being drawn up and once complete will form the basis for the contracts and restoration.

What do other visitors say?

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I planted a tree in hodgemoor wood in 1969 with my school. I went to see how the trees had grown last week. The first time I had been back for a while, I loved it, it was wonderful. Am I right in assuming the hs2 route runs through the wood, the map looks like it does. I am not sure how I can meet my promise to protect my tree.

M, 27/Sep/2016

The route of HS2 goes close to but does not go through Hodgemoor Woods. However please note that we do undertake regular forestry operations for the health of the woodland and cannot guarantee that your tree will not be affected during one of these.

Forestry Commission Response

Hello can you help me - are the charcoal kilns still in situ in Hodgemoor woods or if not - their approximate location and best place to start from.

Many thanks.

Anonymous, 4/Sep/2016

The kilns are no longer on site in Hodgemoor. They were removed some years ago. The yard itself and the remains of the barn are still present. From the car park head east parallel to the road until you meet the horse trail. Turn left and head down the horse trail until you pass a pond on your right. The old charcoal yard is now on your left. I hope that helps.

Forestry Commission Response
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is wild camping allowed without fires and leave no trace policy being used I only ask because some other land owned by the forestry commission have areas for bushcrafters.

Anonymous, 14/Nov/2014

Hello. Yes, you are correct in that some Forestry Commission sites do have specific areas for bushcraft or education that includes somehere to camp out. I am afraid we do not currently have wild camping or these specific camps in this area.

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Last updated: 28th November 2016

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Horse riding
  • There are no facilities to de-box, access on horse only. Please contact Recreation Officer for a map of horse riding routes.
  • Wildlife
  • With it's diverse habitats Hodgemoor remains one of the best woodlands in Buckinghamshire for flora and fauna. One hundred and eighty eight fungi species have been identified and certain less usual mainly wetland plants. Two ponds provide areas for invertebrates and other pond dwellers. Roe and Munkjac deer are resident along with a large population of squirrels. Less abundant although more significant are the resident dormice and badgers.
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Location

OS Grid ref: SU 968 938
Postcode: SU965937

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Contact

Wendover Woods Office

0300 067 4160 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings) 07796 313507 all other times
wendoverwoods@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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