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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. 

Throughout the week in the car park is a concessions stand serving hot and cold drinks along with freshly cooked food

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?

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.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

We enjoyed a walk in the woods near to Portland College, and were interested to see the large area that has been dug out where the stream is. Is the intention for a lake to form?

Michael, 31/Aug/2016

Hi Michael, the areas that have been dug out are outside our management area and therefore we cannot comment on this.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I have been going in Harlow Wood and Thieves Wood since a young boy of approx 13 years of age. It would not be an exaggeration to state that I know every woodland, path and every other location in the woods. For nearly 35 years I have also studied many type birds that occur in both woodlands throughout all the different seasons.The winter period watching winter visitors like Redwing, Fieldfare and the irruptions of both Waxwing and Crossbill.The breeding season has produced also a wide range of birds to the particular habitat.If anyone would be interested to know more just message back.

Anonymous, 7/Jul/2016

Hi, we would be very interested in any records you have. If you can get in touch via email to and mark it for the attention of the ecologist that would be great. I hope you keep enjoying the woodland.

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Last updated: 14th April 2016

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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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