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Explore Stapleford Woods
(Average user rating: unrated unrated)

The place for a peaceful walk which plays host to a large number of exotic trees. 

A surfaced trail is available from the main car park and picnic site.

White Trail
  • Easy
This surfaced easy access trail meanders through some interesting woodland.

What do other visitors say?

Is horse riding allowed in Stapleford Woods and if so are there any maps available on your website with regard to routes and parking? Is a permit needed?

Claire, 16/May/2016

There are no official facilities or routes provided for horse riding in Stapleford Wood, maps are not available for this purpose and we do not require a horse riding permit to be purchased, however we are happy for individual riders to use the woodland at their own risk, and would expect them to respect other users and avoid areas being cut up in wet periods.

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Hello.. I'm making an enquiry to see when the flu tipping issues are going to be felt with at Stapleford woods. It's turned into a dumping ground.

Anonymous, 17/Apr/2016

Thank you for contacting us regarding Stapleford Wood. Unfortunately fly tipping is a serious issue in this area, and where possible we will check any rubbish found for evidence of its source and then pass this onto the local council who can follow it up. We will be arranging for a Contractor to remove the material on Forestry Commission ground, however the rubbish dumped on the public highway falls under the council responsibility.

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Hi, how many varieties of trees are in the woods and what varieties are there. Also, are the trees set out in any particular order in regards to the "layout of the woods.

Steve, 16/Apr/2016

The majority of trees in Stapleford Wood are Scots and Corsican Pine, which were planted in the 1940’s, however there are also a few minority species such as Western Hemlock, Lawsons Cypress, Grand Fir, European Larch, Norway Spruce and of course the 5 specimen Wellingtonia. There is also an element of broadleaf within the wood, mainly Oak and Birch, but as the majority of Stapleford is designated as a Plantation on Ancient Woodland site (PAWS), the woodland is gradually reverting to broadleaf with planting of Oak, Cherry and Aspen and by allowing the Birch to regenerate across the site. All Forestry Commission woodlands are covered by a Forest Plan, which provides a description of the woods as they are now, outline the main points considered when deciding what is best for the woods, describe how the forest will develop over time and give specific information about approved tree felling, replanting and regeneration over a ten year period. These plans provide the shapes of the areas which are to be felled, which are followed when planning our harvesting and restocking contracts. Over the coming years these design plans will appear on the website. Some of the plans are old so we will work through them as they get renewed. If you want any more info please don't hesitate to email us.

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Last updated: 14th April 2016

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • No official trails but bikes are welcome.
  • Information
  • Information board is in the car park near the start of the trail.
  • Orienteering
  • Map available from local orienteering club.
  • Parking
  • Free parking in the car park off Stapleford Lane/Coddington Lane.
  • Picnic
  • Is in the car park.
  • Walking
  • An easy access trail starting in the car park.
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OS Grid ref: SK857 561

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Opening & Parking

Free parking in the car park off Stapleford Lane/Coddington Lane.

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