Forestry Commission logo

Discovery Pass

Discover the
freedom of
the forest…
every day of the year…

Get free parking, discounts on events and much more with an annual Discovery Pass


The ultimate free guide to our forests

Forest Xplorer running on iPhone and Android devices

Explore Twyford Wood
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

Twyford Wood is an interesting ancient woodland site. The wood was a second world war airfield, RAF North Witham, and still retains many military artefacts, including the wide open runways and the derelict control tower. After the war the airfield part of the wood was planted with oak and conifer trees. The grassland areas are home to a regionally important colony of dingy and grizzled skipper butterflies. The butterfly reserves are managed by the Lincolnshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation. The wood has a small car park.

What do other visitors say?

2 Stars 2 Stars

As a responsible Dog owner the mess left by numerous dog owners is disgraceful

Anonymous, 4/Oct/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

Been there a few times. Never found the control tower. Where exactly is it. Is it among the woodland or at one end of a runway?

Simon , 3/Jul/2015

It is close to one of the runways.

Forestry Commission Response

This is a site of historical importance.It is whwhere the pathfinders took off from on the days leading to d-day.Nearby Beaumont Wood is where they camped.I think there should be some kind of memorial to these heroes.

David, 25/May/2015

There was also an iron age site within the wood, and there are several medieval wood banks. There were some trees planted in memory of personnel based there during WWII.

Forestry Commission Response
More user comments

Please tell us about your visit

Please email us at if you have an enquiry or would like a reply to your comments.

Email addresses will not be shown

Be a forest hero

Get the latest news, information & offers

Sign up for our emails

What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • The concrete runways make for excellent all-weather cycle routes.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is welcome in Twford Wood, but grassy rides and tracks may be very wet.
  • Walking
  • You are free to enjoy walking along the World War II runways and feeder roads throughout the wood.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK 947239

Get directions


Northants Office

0300 067 4340
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.