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Explore Micheldever Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

A large maturing beech wood with some areas of mature conifer and a stunning bluebell display in the spring.

There is a small car park located on Northington Lane, which is on the south side of the wood. From Junction 9 on M3, travel north on A33, turn right on to Northington Lane. The Car Park is half a mile down the lane on left hand side.

We have identified a problem with google maps, which shows the car park as being located on Chillandham Lane. Chillandham Lane runs along the edge of the wood from north to south. However the car park is actually on Northington Lane, which runs along the edge of the wood from east to west. You will need to be on Northington Lane to find / use the car park.

Postcode SO24 9UB will get you on to Chillandham Lane but please note this postcode is for a private property further along and on the opposite side of the lane to the car park.

There is a surfaced trail that goes from the car park into the wood. Please note that stout footwear is required in wet conditions.



What do other visitors say?

We have been walking in Micheldever Woods for several years, and despite searching online, cannot find an answer to the cause of the many sunken holes - would be so grateful if you could give a cause!

Anonymous, 25/Jan/2015

Thank you for your enquiry. Micheldever has huge historical value with some archaeological examples ranging back to the Bronze Age. This includes many woodbanks, which indicate boundaries and old sawpits. This link takes you to the English Heritage description of the scheduled ancient monument on site, which includes a description of Micheldever's archaeology in general:

Forestry Commission Response

The recent resurfacing of the main avenue path from the hill fort back towards the main car park seems to contain a lot of broken glass fragments - only obvious when walking back to the car park into the sun. This would be a hazard to dogs paws and cycle tyres.

R Bryant, 9/Sep/2014

Thank you for your comment. The debris has been uncovered by a surface road repair earlier in the year. Unknown to us the old road surface (c 1950's) contained lots of non-stone debris, that comes to the surface as the road is regularly used. We will conduct a collection to ensure that any hazardous fragments are removed. We would appreciate the public's understanding that we are working hard to resolve this matter.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Spent several hours here this morning. Bluebell display spectacular and Song Thrushes singing provided an excellent backdrop.

Andy Smith, 4/May/2014
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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Picnic
  • Cycling
  • There are no waymarked cycle routes but cycling is permitted.
  • Parking
  • There is a small car park on Northington Lane.
  • Walking
  • There is a waymarked trail that goes from the car park and guides the visitor to sites of archaeological interest. The walk takes about 30 minutes, stout footwear required in wet conditions.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU530363

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Recreation Officer
0300 067 4448

Opening & Parking

There is a small car park on Northington Lane.
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