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Explore Allerthorpe Wood
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Dog on lead close-upAllerthorpe is a small pine wood plantation in the Vale of York.

The area is very flat and is popular with local walkers and wildlife experts, especially entomologists looking for insects. The area is not suitable for off-road cycling.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust lease part of the area as a nature reserve and the entire wood is being managed to ensure that this rare example of northern lowland heath maintains its biodiversity.

Adders can be found in the woodland.  They are shy and not easily seen, if you spot one, you should count yourself very lucky!  Watch out for them sunbathing on grassy banks, rocks or tracks from mid-morning until early afternoon from spring through to Autumn.

The carpark for the woodland is along Common Lane.

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What do other visitors say?

Hi I am a regular walker in the common and was wandering if there's any days were you can volunteer? Have noticed the last few months the amount waste being left by people which is terrible. Thank you

Tess, 27/Mar/2016

Hi Tess,please contact us at our office on 0300 067 4300 and we can discuss this further, many thanks.

Forestry Commission Response

I submitted a general query on on the recent work carried out in the wood but have had no reply. I will now be asking a more in depth query through a FOI.

Paul henry, 26/Feb/2016

Thank you for your comment. I am not sure where you enquired to but we would be happy to discuss this if you contact us on 0300 067 4300.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi recently a lot of work was been carried out in all areas of the wood and in parts it looks like the Somme. What was the purpose of up rooting and felling trees. I understand copicing and aereating the soil but there are large mounds of debris left throughout the wood. Is there future work to carry on this project or is that phase completed. Why when you are undertaking work especially using plant do you not use your website to inform and educate the public on the work you undertaking and the aims, for improving this wonderful facility which I use everyday walking my dog, many thanks.

Paul henry, 28/Jan/2016

Thank you for the comments Paul and our apologies for the delay in responding (we do not get all the comments instantly). If you would like to speak to the forester for that area please contact us on 0300 067 4300 and he will be happy to discuss our works.

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Last updated: 26th September 2016

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What's Here?

  • Dogs
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Wildlife
  • Allerthorpe Common Nature Reserve is leased by the Yorkshire Wildlide Trust who manage it to maintain the outstanding area of northern lowland heath.
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