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Explore Cowleaze
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This small and attractive woodland is set high in the Chiltern Hills with amazing views over the surrounding countryside. There is a great diversity of trees and a great viewpoint in the corner of the wood.

There is a great mix of habitats in this small wood and plenty of paths to explore. The bluebells in May are like a blue carpet and well worth a visit.

There is a grassy area suitable for picnics, ample car parking and a dog bin is provided for those walking dogs.

What do other visitors say?


We would like to donate a bench for the use of visitors to Cowlease Woods . My late husband loved it so much and visited them for over 43 years with the family.Can you tell me, please , if this is possible & what do we need to do.

Many Thanks.

Mrs. Shirley Brown, 18/May/2015

That's a very thoughtful and kind gesture. We will contact you shortly.

Forestry Commission Response

Just been to see the lovely bluebells at Cowleaze wood but they are being smothered by brambles this year. The wood needs to be managed better and these brambles cut back before the bluebells are lost.It would be a shame to lose one of the best bluebell woods.

Anonymous, 2/May/2015

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Viewpoint
  • Fine views across the valley can be seen from the far end of Cowleaze.
  • Wildlife
  • The conservation value of this wood is low, due to its uneven age structure of trees and large numbers of visitors and their dogs. Red Kites are common in the surrounding area but have not yet nested in Cowleaze. Fallow, Roe and Muntjac can be seen roaming through although they are not resident. The wood covers 29 hectares and contains both conifer and broadleaf trees, all planted between 1957 and 1966. The most abundant tree species are European Larch, Oak and Beech. The three types of larch are found within this wood (European, Japanese and Hybrid).
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU 726959
Postcode: HP14 3YL

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Wendover Woods Office

01296 625825 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings)
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