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West Woods is a very beautiful plantation of beech trees on a former ancient woodland site. A long and gradual process is under way to increase the biodiversity of the woodland by introducing native species other than just beech, through the promotion of natural regeneration and planting.

The woodland becomes very popular in late spring due to the fantastic displays of bluebells which carpet the forest floor in certain areas. There is a good network of trails including an easy access route.

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Can you please confirm the routes that a horse and rider can take, is there a map?

Anonymous, 29/Nov/2016

Horse riders are welcome to ride on the hard surfaced paths around west woods as well as any of the marked and signed bridleways. There is no map on site but there are signs and you can also use an OS map to locate these paths. Thank you

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Anonymous, 14/May/2016
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We were there yesterday (May 8th) when the bluebells were at their absolute best. It was heavenly to see them, and so nice to have tea and cake thanks to the Marlborough Lions Club.

Catherine, 9/May/2016

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to West woods and had such a lovely time. The Forestry Commission are happy to support the Lions Club and allow them special access into our woods for the Bluebell events. These events not only allow people access to the woods that may otherwise not be able to visit, but also raises money for the local community.

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Last updated: 29th February 2016

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What's Here?

  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Barbeque
  • 10 bbq sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
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OS Grid ref: SU163667
Postcode: SN8

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West England District
0300 067 4800

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