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Twyford Wood is an interesting ancient woodland site. The wood was a second world war airfield, RAF North Witham, and still retains many military artefacts, including the wide open runways and the derelict control tower. After the war the airfield part of the wood was planted with oak and conifer trees. The grassland areas are home to a regionally important colony of dingy and grizzled skipper butterflies. The butterfly reserves are managed by the Lincolnshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation. The wood has a small car park.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Just been for the first time after reading about the old airfield & we really did enjoy our visit (well worth the drive down from Barnsley).We loved seeing the old control tower & the runways which all makes for a very special atmosphere. I'm so glad that the forestry commission have kept the tower & runways & hope that they will be there for many years to come ? The forest is great & so peaceful & you can spend a full day just walking round & if you love the history side of things like me & my wife you will not be disappointed. So all in all a great place so good we cant wait to come back.

Karl , 22/Nov/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

Had a lovely peaceful wander round the woods - amazed at the scale of the place & very intrigued by the sign mentioning 'known sinkholes'. How big and how many? And what has caused them? Is it anything to do with the bomb dump?

Fiona, 23/Sep/2014

There are far too many sinkholes to count. They are a geological feature, caused when the surface collapes into underground streams. They are not connected with any WWII activities.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

A wonderful place. A gem. I hope it remains unspoilt. A lovely walk in the grasp of nature with a wonderful historic feel. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

Russ, 15/Aug/2014
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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • The concrete runways make for excellent all-weather cycle routes.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is welcome in Twford Wood, but grassy rides and tracks may be very wet.
  • Walking
  • You are free to enjoy walking along the World War II runways and feeder roads throughout the wood.
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OS Grid ref: SK 947239

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