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Explore Whitwell Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Whitwell Wood is predominantly broad-leaved woodland and covers 171 hectares.  It is managed by the Forestry Commission on a long-term lease from the Welbeck estate.

The wood has a very high nature conservation status. It is has a wide range of flora including over 20 species that are indicators of ancient woodland. There are numerous features of archaeological interest.

Ginny Spring Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) can also be found in the wood. It has been designated for its rich flora including some species rare in Derbyshire.

The layby on the A619 provides parking for the woodland which is clearly signed from the road side.

Blue Trail
  • Easy
Following a combination of forest roads and tracks this trail takes you to the very centre of the woodland and then back to the info board, taking in the wildlife laden pond on the way.
Red Trail
  • Easy
This is the longest of three walks which take you round this fascinating woodland.
Yellow Trail
  • Easy
An ideal gentle stroll to help you unwind this short loop takes you to the pond and back to the info point. Keep your eyes peeled for the variety of woodland birds.

What do other visitors say?

having just walked the archaeological walk round my village of Whitwell I wondered if it connected up to the Whitwell woods archaeological connections

Brenda glavesb, 1/May/2016

Hello Brenda, as far as I know it doesn't link in. If it does no one told me! I have just got back from Whitwell Wood and it is looking amazing in the sunshine. My advice would be to go for a walk round there this weekend and see what you can see.

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Went on a lovely walk yesterday wiht family. The paths were great and easy to push my daughters pushcair around. My nephews, 2 and 3, loved their mini beast adventure and the pond was fantastic with lots of tadpoles, baby frogs, spiders and butterflies. They were disappointed not to find a Gruffalo though!! We had a wonderful picnic there and are planning to go next week as well to see how the tadpoles are getting on! A really lovely area to visit.

RC, 11/Aug/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Have passed this area many times over the years, unaware of these walks through the woods. Luckily told about them and visited for first time yesterday. So glad we did and we'll be back! Absolutely beautiful! Unfortunately, entered on a path from the lay-by but not at what we later found out to be the proper entrance so didn't see the map. Hadn't taken a map with us as couldn't imagine getting lost on a two mile walk! Well you can! Didn't find the different walks easy to follow from the few colour coded signs we came across but put that down to age! However got talking to three different groups who all stopped to ask if we knew the way. So perhaps it wasn't just us. Will certainly return (with map and food and drink!!) and explore further. Well done for the up-keep of such a great asset on our doorstep.

Janet Wright, 8/Jun/2015

Hi, I am glad you found Whitwell Wood and I agree it is a lovely place. I am currently working on a new interpretation panel (thanks to Limestone Journeys and HLF) to put in the wood along the new path. It has sadly been delayed but should be in by the end of July. I hope you continue to enjoy this beautiful wood.

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Last updated: 25th August 2016

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What's Here?

  • Dog bin
  • A dog bin is situated near the entrance to the wood.
  • Information
  • A notice board at the entrance to the wood provides a map of the area and other information about the wood.
  • Parking
  • Parking is in the layby off the A619.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches can be found in the southern part of the wood.
  • Walking
  • Three walking trails start from the main gate but feel free to wander further afield.
  • Wildlife
  • The bird hide is used by the Whitwell Wood Natural History Group.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK526772
Postcode: S80 3EE

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Opening & Parking

Parking is in the layby off the A619.

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