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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Shining Cliff is ancient woodland which was part of the royal hunting forest of Duffield Frith and is now designated a site of special scientific interest.

The wood supports a diverse bird community including warblers, flycatchers and bramblings.  In the spring, coppiced sycamore trees provide a canopy for a carpet of bluebells.

There is a circular waymarked trail for visitors which pass by the remains of the Betty Kenny Tree.

 

What do other visitors say?

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I did some volunteer work planting oak trees at Shining Cliff Woods and loved the experiance. Good to see the site is still evolving and literally growing.

S Fletcher, 30/Apr/2016

what is currently going on in Shining Cliff woods, I regularly walk there and this week was very concerned to see large scale works putting in wide limestone vehicular access tracks?

the tracks seemed OTT for normal foresty operations

concerned, 15/Dec/2015

Hello, the land you are referring to is not managed by the Forestry Commission so I can provide no further insight, sorry.

Forestry Commission Response

Hell my name is Dean and I work in a SEN school and was wondering who the best person to speak to would be regarding visiting the wood with one maybe more students and maybe doing some voluntary work in the wood,

dean, 14/Sep/2015

Hi Dean, if you email Sherwood.fdo@forestry.gov.uk with your request and address it to West Beat team it will get through to the right people to help you out. Thanks for your enquiry.

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Last updated: 14th April 2016

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What's Here?

  • Walking
  • Follow the white trail to discover the Betty Kenny Tree.
    During the late 1700’s, Betty Kenny lived in a large Yew tree said to be 2000 years old and the remains are still visible in the woods today. The house was formed within the tree and local legend has it that that a bough of the tree was hollowed out to act as a cradle for her children. It is also thought that this was the origin of the nursery rhyme ‘rock a bye baby’.
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