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Explore Boughton Brake
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

Boughton Brake provides a great place to explore with its extensive network of paths and tracks. There are plenty of benches throughout the wood. 

A surfaced trail network is located in the south of the wood taking in the pond  and part of the beech avenue.  The more adventerous walker may come across the red pond too.  Check out the orienteering map and go on a hunt for the posts, can you find them all?

The wood is not suitable for horse riding but a bridleway does run along the western side of the wood and can be used to get from Walesby to Boughton. 

The Friends and Users of Bougthon Brake have been helping to manage and maintain the wood for over 20 years.  If you want to get involved in volunteering please get in touch with the community rangers.

What do other visitors say?

Is it allowed to ride horses through these woods just I have nearly been trampled upon by riders riding at speed through there. I believe they are coming from the perlethorpe livery as I recognised one of the riders from my granddaughters school.

animal lover, 2/Sep/2016

Hi, horse riding is not allowed in this wood. There is a bridleway along the edge of the wood which they can use.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

I have Walked in these once beautiful woods for over 20yrs however today it is almost impossible to walk around due to the destruction and devastation caused by the current tree felling programme. Paths have been obliterated and others blocked completely and are no longer recognisable. It was almost impossible to actually find some of the paths today. It simply looks like someone has gone on a joyride in a massive machine destroying everything In their path. Surely trees can be removed without such a level of disregard, destruction and devastation to the surrounding areas

J J Browne, 19/Jan/2016

Hi Mr Browne, I am sorry you feel this way. I would like to start by saying I am the Community Ranger for Boughton Brake and have worked there for 11 years and I liaise closely with the Friends and Users of Boughton Brake. I know you have spoken to my Forester yesterday and I hope he helped assure you that the current tree felling programme is being carried out with a high level of regard for the wood, its users and wildlife. I will reiterate some of what he said here for anyone else who might have read your comment and add in some of my thoughts. Boughton Brake was planted in 1952 with the purpose of being a commercial crop. The first thinning happened in 1973 and has been thinned about 10 times since then. As a general rule thinnings happen every 5 years in conifer woodland and every 10 in broadleaf woodland. Sometimes they will miss a cycle, it depends on what is best for the trees and the site's specific requirements. A lot of thought and planning goes into each operation with all elements of the wood considered. The operation is due to take about a month from start to finish. This is a very short time scale and then the public can enjoy the wood for another 5 years. This is made possible by the large machines which have been in use over the last 20 years. The forwarder, the machine that moves the logs from where they are felled to the stacking area, does need to move through the wood to achieve this. This does mean there is ground disturbance. We aim to minimise this but the machine does have to cross paths at times and this cant be helped. Where the ground is rutted, especially on the main route in to the wood from the stacking area the ground will be levelled out upon completion of the work. The desire lines through the woodland will have been more damaged but these are not official paths. I know at Boughton Brake we will endeavour to return the desire lines to a passable state where they appear on the orienteering map. These paths have been kept open by a lone volunteer from FUBB for the last two summers and I am sure he will get back to work on them when the harvesting is finished. If you wish to give him a hand I am sure he would appreciate it as there will be lots to do! I will organise a couple of other volunteer groups to help out but every little helps. We have tried hard to ensure the wood remains open to the public and is still safe. I would ask that all signage is obeyed as it is their for your safety. We monitor this along with timber stacks, ground disturbance, contractors etc as part of our rigorous contract management protocols. Harvesting in the wood has many benefits from my perspective. Some paths are not overgrown and are easier to access, dangerous and dying trees have been removed, more light has been let in to the ground to allow underplanting to take place and it feels lighter and brighter with great views through the trees. If you feel you cannot find anywhere to walk in this wood then you could try using Bevercotes Pit Wood or Ollerton Pit Wood both are close by and also have lovely walks. All Forestry Commission sites are managed for people, wildlife and timber to the UK Forestry Standard. If you wish to discuss this further we are happy to.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

We are so lucky to have this on our doorstep. We often walk from our house on the Pumping Station into the Brake. It's kept so nice and most of the users do their part to keep it tidy. It would be great if the small minority of dog-walkers that don't clear up after their animals would do so and use the red bins provided.

The pond is particularly good for seeing the different nature at different times of the year. Our kids love it.

We must have walked through the Brake over 50 times since we've lived there and never took the same route twice.

Mark, 11/Jan/2015
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Last updated: 14th April 2016

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Have a ride around but beware of walkers.
  • Dog bin
  • Dog bins are present at each corner of the wood.
  • Information
  • Information boards are placed at two corners of the wood, one in the north and one to the south.
  • Litter bin
  • Litter bins are available at the corners of the wood.
  • Orienteering
  • Please see Notts Orienteering Club for more information.
  • Parking
  • Parking is available in small laybys around the wood.
  • Walking
  • Take a stroll round the Whitewater Trail or go furhter afield on one of many smaller paths criss crossing the wood.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK668693

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Sherwood Forest Community Rangers
0300 067 5443

Opening & Parking

Parking is available in small laybys around the wood.

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