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Explore Thieves Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

Thieves Wood has a walking trail that starts from the car park.  The car park offers the best access into the wood. 

Please be a responsible dog owner and clear up after your dog.

Dog Loop
  • Easy
This unsurfaced waymarked trail is a short loop for dog walkers starting in the car park.
White Trail
  • Easy
This a short circular surfaced trail which provides a pleasant walk or a quick stroll. Autumn colour is provided by larch trees which are dotted amongst the pine.

What do other visitors say?

is the car park safe to leave you car is there much crime

Andy , 8/Jan/2017

Hi Andy, we have had no trouble or reports re break ins or thefts. I hope you have a good visit.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi, I'll be in the area over new year and I'm looking for some nice spots to walk my dog. He LOVES water but is very reactive to any type of livestock. Will Thieves Wood be suitable for us? Thanks in advance

Katie, 19/Nov/2016

Hi Katie, Thieves Wood is the perfect place to walk your dog. There is even a food cabin that serves tea coffee etc and dog sausages!

Forestry Commission Response

I see that Normanshill car park is still closed off, but the logs stockpiled there don't seem to have altered for quite a while. Is this area going to re-open or do you plan on closing it down permanently as has been rumoured locally?

Tony, 5/Sep/2016

Hi Tony, The car park will open again when the timber has gone and the surface has been deemed as appropriate. The contractor will move the logs as per his business needs but we are fairly confident it wont be more than a few more weeks now.

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Last updated: 16th January 2017

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • A concessions stand is open in the car park throughout the week.
  • Cycling
  • Cycling is permitted in the wood.
  • Information
  • In the car park.
  • Orienteering
  • Map available from the local orienteering club.
  • Parking
  • Free car parking is found in the car park off B6139 Coxmoor Road.
  • Picnic
  • In the car park and also hidden in the woods!
  • Walking
  • An easy access trail starts in the car park.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK544566

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Opening & Parking

Free car parking is found in the car park off B6139 Coxmoor Road.

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