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Explore Wheldrake Woods and Broad Highway Car Park
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.2/5)

Wheldrake Wood is located close to the City of York. It is largely coniferous, growing corsican pine and socts pine as well as larch and some areas of sruce and fir. There are also a great number if individual trees and small stands of oak and birch, as well as a few coniferous rarities such as a giant sequoia.

There is a car park at Hardmoor with many informal footpaths throughout the wood.


What do other visitors say?

2 Stars 2 Stars

This wood would be so lovely if it didn't have dog poo EVERYWHERE! There is no signs and no bins and the dog poo that people are leaving is out of control especially this last few days when we went. It's not nice for people to walk through when every few steps - no exaggeration - there's poo, on all pathways. Great wood otherwise and nice mix of wooded areas and open paths, perfect for walks with anxious dogs as there's lots of different paths and directions you can go if there's other dogs around. Hopefully there will be some bins in the car park and signs soon!

Anonymous, 19/Jan/2017

Thank you for your comments. We will review and replace missing signs from the car park as we want to encourage responsible dog ownership with relation to dog waste. Unfortunately we are unable to provide bins as we do not sufficient resource to cover this woodland regularly and our policy is to advise visitors to the woodland to 'bag it, take it home and bin it'.

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3 Stars 3 Stars

Would be 5 if it wasnt for dog poo. Have complained before and been told new sinage was being put up asking dog owners to bag and take home rather than kick to the side which is what they seem to do. Great wood though kids love it and its on our doorstep

Anonymous, 27/Dec/2016

Thank you for your comments. We will revisit he signage again which unfortunately is often removed by some forest users.

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Why not charge dog walkers a small fee of like 50p to enter, with the money have a bin put there and it collected regularly. Forests should be given given higher priorities than cities. If people litter in a city a bin is put there, yet in the forest its allowed to build up with always the excuse being money!

As for dog walker if you cant clean it up dont have one! Scumbags ✌

natalie, 10/Dec/2016

Thank you for your comments and suggestions. Wheldrake Woods is currently free access for all users. Unfortunately parking machines in remote locations are also challenging although we will bear this in mind for future consideration.

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Last updated: 29th November 2016

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